Mary Olivar

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With over a decade of experience in nutrition and cooking with whole foods, Mary Olivar is a passionate advocate of healthy eating and good food. Her love of food also extends to the kitchen, where she has worked as a personal and professional chef specializing in plant-based and raw foods, as well as special diets. When not at Whole Foods Market helping others find healthy foods and learn how to deliciously prepare them, Mary is usually at home having culinary adventures of her own, keeping her three hungry children fed.

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October 1, 2013 @ Whole Story
Hearty fall veggies are perfect for keeping on hand for nutrient-dense meals. Healthy eating guru Mary shares her favorites to have around so her family can enjoy autumn’s harvest any day.
September 11, 2013 @ Whole Story
Healthy eating guru Mary shares her kid’s favorite ways to fuel up on nutritious breakfasts before zooming off to school and beyond.
July 17, 2013 @ Whole Story
Indulge your sweet tooth without heating up the kitchen. Healthy eating guru Mary shares her favorite no-bake treats for summertime.
June 19, 2013 @ Whole Story
Hot summer days require plenty of easy-to-eat, cooling foods to keep your crew energized and hydrated. Healthy Eating guru Mary shares some of her family’s favorite summer snacks.
May 22, 2013 @ Whole Story
Healthy eating guru Mary shares ideas for loading up your picnic basket with family-pleasing, nutrient-dense favorites.
May 5, 2013 @ Whole Story
Go beyond center-of-the-plate thinking and load up on vegetables, beans and whole grains along with some flavorful beef, chicken and fish. Try these Health Starts Here recipe favorites.
March 15, 2013 @ Whole Story
To complement your wearin’ o’ the green for St. Patrick’s Day, why not turn your focus to eatin’ o’ the greens? Here’s how we get more greens on the table!
February 25, 2013 @ Whole Story
Vinegar is as essential as spices and herbs — even salt and pepper — in bringing life to a dish. Flavor with a variety of vinegars in these Health Starts Here™ recipes.
February 6, 2013 @ Whole Story
Sweet treats for Valentine’s don’t have to be at the expense of your healthy eating plan. Try these healthier treats.
February 6, 2013 @ Whole Story
I love making (and eating!) desserts. As a girl my first forays in the kitchen were to help my older sisters frost birthday cakes, mix cookie dough and bake brownies.
January 13, 2013 @ Whole Story
Spiking your dishes with spices is one of the simplest ways to boost the flavor. Learn how to accent healthy staples like vegetables, whole grains and beans with aromatic spices.
December 16, 2012 @ Whole Story
Nutrient-rich, colorful and delicious, winter squash deserves an ongoing place at your table. Check out our favorite healthier ways to prepare winter squash.
December 15, 2012 @ Whole Story
Face all the hustle and bustle by treating your body to plenty of nourishing foods like dark leafy greens, winter squash and earthy root vegetables. Share your ideas for how to keep the holidays healthy.
November 12, 2012 @ Whole Story
Unbaked apple pies are easy to master and a great conversation piece. They’re a fresh take on a traditional pie and are a delicious way to end any feast.
November 12, 2012 @ Whole Story
Picture the perfect holiday, surrounded by your most cherished family members in cozy homes filled with joy, celebration and good tidings as adults laugh, children play and treasured memories are created.
November 10, 2012 @ Whole Story
When the trees stand skeletal against the sky, blustery winds chill your bones, and that extra little nip in the air is upon us, I know it’s time to b
October 25, 2012 @ Whole Story
Looking to incorporate more greens into your family’s dishes? Learn about all the varieties of dark leafy greens that add nutrients and beauty to your plate.
October 14, 2012 @ Whole Story
A hot whole grain porridge warms you up on cool mornings and is an easy way to give breakfast a nutritional boost. Learn our tricks to hot cereal on busy mornings.
October 13, 2012 @ Whole Story
At healthy eating guru Mary’s house, a joyous Halloween feast fills her kids’ bellies with wholesome nutrition prior to trick or treating. Try some of these hearty comfort dishes full of the season’s bounty.
August 4, 2012 @ Whole Story
When the temperature approaches triple digits, the last thing I want to do is turn on my stove or oven.

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