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Easy Tips for the New Year: 9 Ways to Sneak in Nutrition

Looking for a little guidance through this month of oh-so-many expectations? Try these 9 easy tweaks and enjoy better-for-you-food without overhauling your life.

1. House Rule: Always eat a green salad when you eat pizza.

Simple Salmon Supper

Reap the health benefits of fish and the budget benefits of cooking at home with simple farm-raised salmon suppers. Fast enough for a weeknight and easy enough for a novice cook, these six recipes are…well, a great catch.

20 Tasty Ways to Cash in on Grains and Beans

Cook a batch of grains and a pot of beans on the weekend to use in these 20 simple suggestions for grains, beans or both.

Oh, Those Gorgeous Greens!

You say “greens,” we say collards, bok choy, broccoli rabe, Swiss chard, mustards, dandelion, watercress, arugula…kale yeah!

The Lighter Side of the Meat Counter

Looking for the lighter side of the meat counter? Try these tasty options for the new year.

With so many great alternatives at the Whole Foods Market® meat counter, small changes are easy. This time of year, lots of folks swear off one food or another, but you can still enjoy tasty meals and a leaner diet with a little help from your local butcher.

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New Year's Parties: Eight Fantastic Flavors Worth the Splurge

Sparkling attire. Fabulous cocktails. Elegant atmosphere. The kiss. With New Year’s Eve celebrations come high expectations – and sky-high spending. Luckily, if you’re planning a gathering and looking to save, you don’t have to drop the ball on party-worthy food.

Merry Christmas!

PointsettiasHope you planned ahead and are not dashing through the snow trying to hang the stockings with care at the last minute on this Christmas Eve!

Our stores are full of Christmas spirit and can be a fun place to catch the holiday bug if it hasn't bitten you yet.

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Eat Lucky for 2013

Try eating these fortuitous foods to increase your good fortune in the New Year. Some may boost your health if not your wallet.

Shimmer at the Stroke of Midnight

Learn how to create sexy, smokey eyes—without putting suspicious ingredients on your sensitive lids.

I love New Year’s Eve because I love old-school glam. A velvet cape inherited from grandma? Perfect! A silver lamé frock from a thrift store? Uh-huh! Rhinestone earrings? Feather boa? Sequined evening bag? Yes, yes, yes! Everything is permitted on New Year’s, as long as it’s glittery and elegant and fun.

Engine 2 Foods

Rip Esselstyn, a former firefighter and triathlete, changed the lives of his fellow firefighters with plant-based foods. Check out how he’s turning around convenience foods with options that are plant-based, nutrient-dense and minimally processed.

Save the Date, Help the World

Whole Planet Foundation 2013 CalendarIf you’re reading this, the good news is that we’re still here and the Mayans just ran out of space on their calendar. Moving on to more important things like Christmas and 2013...

New! Celebrate with Champagne Cheddar

Sharing good times, wonderful food and the experience of new and tasty treats with family and friends is one o

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Four Smart Tips for Healthy Meals

This time of year we’re bombarded with ways to slim down or shape up -- and it all makes us want to tune out! If healthy habits don’t fit into real life, they’re not going to stick. Here are some tips to make meals healthier and life a little easier without following a one-size-fits-all strategy.

Healthier Holiday Recipes

Gathering together and sharing food is a big part of the holidays, and it can be easy to overindulge on all the tasty treats that are available. Luckily, if you’re looking for alternatives to the standard fare, we’ve got options.

Our Health Starts Here® recipes celebrate naturally flavorful whole foods, and even in wintertime there are plenty of delicious options for the holiday table. Try adding a few of these dishes to your festive feast.

Chestnut and Wheat Berry Salad

This healthful and festive salad featuring roasted chestnuts, a seasonal favorite, makes a great addition to your holiday dinner.

Make the Most Out of Your Mixed Bouquet

You can express your personal style with your holiday bouquet and make it last longer, too!
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Be Bubbly this Holiday Season

'Tis the season for bubbly! For many of us, though, this is one of the most daunting areas of the wine section. To help make your choice easier, we've assembled some basic information and ideas.

A Dozen Divine Christmas Desserts

Sure, you’ve probably already cruised by the cookie jar more than a few times this week, but have you thought about what to serve as your dessert centerpiece for your Christmas celebration?

Whether your taste buds are longing for something decadent or something light (or you just want another excuse for pie), we’ve got the recipes for you. Set your dessert table with a few of these options:

The Quest for Zest

Grated, minced or thinly sliced, citrus zest — the outermost part of the peel — adds a refreshing “zing” to all sorts of sweets and savories. Try it like this.

Hearty Winter Squash

Nutrient-rich, colorful and delicious, winter squash deserves an ongoing place at your table. Check out our favorite healthier ways to prepare winter squash.

Celebrating Feast of the Seven Fishes

Christmas Eve means a lot of things to different people, but to those of us who celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes (festa dei sette pesci), it’s always meant fresh, delicious seafood (and maybe an early present or two). The Seven Fishes is an Italian tradition of serving seven courses (or more!) of fish and seafood on Christmas Eve.

It's the Most Wonderful Chai of the Year

Festivus ChaiOnce the weather starts getting colder here in Austin — and by cold, I mean 60 degrees — nothing makes me feel as seasonally appropriate as a mug full of Chai tea.

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Healthy Holidays

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.

Stout Beer Glaze - Three Ways

Four in HandWhether the star of your holiday feast is pork, chicken, beef or a veggie alternative, add a beer-alicious zing with this malty sweet, lip-smacking beer glaze!

The Season's Best Small Bites

The holiday entertaining season is in full swing! I love getting together with friends to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s – not only because I get to see people I love, but because there’s always plenty of nibbles.

Parties featuring small bites instead of full meals make for a relaxed atmosphere and allow for a wide variety of foods. There’s always something to make every palate happy, and the small portions make it easy to visit with friends instead of being stuck at a table for a five-course dinner.

Top Wine Picks for the Holidays

See our top wine picks for the holidays and get suggested recipe and cheese pairings.

Battle of the Beef: Tenderloin vs. Rib Roast

Roasted Beef Tenderloin“Help!” It’s a popular phrase this time of year, especially when holiday meal plans are in their final stages. In the era of pop-up timers and guidelines aplenty beamed right to your palm, turkeys are easier to cook than ever these days.

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Penny-Pinching Party Pointers

Tis’ the season for money-saving strategies — and we’ve got em’!

Gifts that Give Back

Joy to the world! Imagine the good we can all do by giving gifts that give back this season.
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Cookies for Santa, No Baking Required

This year is our first Christmas at home, and we’re excited to start our own family traditions with our three-year old... and he’s excited about cookies for Santa!

Sure, there are baking sheets full of cookie recipes for you to tackle. But if you enjoy eating cookies more than you enjoy baking them, this store-bought solution will still please Santa (and all his little helpers):  365 Everyday Value ® Holiday Cookies in festive once-a-year flavors.

Announcing a Great New Partnership: Food52 and Whole Foods Market

Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs are the founders of Food52, a new kind of food lifestyle company with a thriving online community. Visit Food52.com for great recipes, how-tos and answers to all of your food and cooking questions.

Amanda and Merrill

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Gifts from the Garden

Spread cheer to family and friends with these simple, thoughtful, delicious gifts from the garden. And while many of these ideas can be beautifully gifted in Mason jars, don’t let that scare you—there’s little to no canning involved!

Herbs for the Holidays

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Nature’s Path Organic Gingerbread Love Crunch

At Whole Foods Market®, we love sharing good food and drink. Whether it’s peak-of-the-season fruit, a team member creation from our bakery, or a new grocery discovery, we love celebrating great flavors and products. But we don’t just want to tell you about it; we want you to enjoy it too, which is why we’re giving it away!  Read on to find out how you could win some free stuff. UPDATE: Thanks to everyone that entered. Congratulations to our randomly chosen winner, Lisa P. from North Carolina! 

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Hanukkah Helpers

Latkes and Sufganiyot and kugel, oh my! While you’ve been dreaming about your favorite Hanukkah flavors, we've been working hard to meet your holiday needs.

Holiday Breakfast Ideas

Got houseguests and not looking forward to hitting the kitchen before dawn to feed them? Try these super-simple, no-cook and almost no-cook breakfast ideas.

Gifts for Your Pets

Shopping for my family during the holidays is a cinch, but when it comes to my furry family members, gift-giving becomes one big guessing game.

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Celebration Lentil Loaf

Healthy eating takes center stage this holiday season with our crowd-pleasing Celebration Lentil Loaf — nourishing, hearty and great as leftovers too!

3 DIY Gifts for Teachers

Most teachers have already amassed a sizeable collection of holiday coffee mugs.

Q Drinks

Like many big ideas, the notion for Q Drinks started with a party conversation. Learn how they source the best ingredients such as cinchona bark, real ginger root, Himalayan salt and more to make their superior sodas.
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Conscious Capitalism: A New Book by our Co-Founder and Co-CEO, John Mackey

When you think about the word “conscious,” what words come to mind? Aware? Mindful? Awake? What about “capitalism?” Selfish? Greedy? Unethical? Unfortunately there are plenty of people out there who don’t have a very positive perception of business in general. But what happens when you combine the concept of consciousness with capitalism?

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Classic Christmas Dinners

The two words “Christmas dinner” evoke memories of happy meals around a large table, with family members not seen all year long. Piles of warm rolls, tender green beans, potatoes dripping with gravy, and the centerpiece ham – my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Eat, Drink and Brie Merry

One, two, brie - the holidays are here and we’re here to share our favorite ways to prepare and serve brie! Don’t forget those wine pairings!
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Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean: Do Something Reel Film Festival

The Do Something Reel™ Film Festival continues this month with Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean, which tells the inspiring story of interfaith peace through coffee.

Survival Tips for Healthy Holiday Noshing

Our favorite survival tips and tricks will help you navigate the dreaded holiday havoc of parties, buffets, treats and drinks.

Sumptuous Holiday Feasts (Minus Gluten and Dairy)

Navigating holiday foods doesn’t have to be difficult for those with special dietary needs. With a little planning and preparation, you can create a spectacular meal suitable for many food preferences.

We’ve gathered some of our favorite holiday gluten-free and dairy-free recipes.

Gluten-Free Recipes

Easy Elegance with Fresh Herbs

Fresh herbs are a great way to liven up any recipe, from breakfast to dinner, and they certainly make it easy to add a touch of elegance to any meal.

Remember, fresh herbs are highly perishable, so plan to use them soon after purchasing.

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Kitchen Basics: Zesting Citrus

This week, Susan demonstrates two easy techniques for zesting citrus.

Zesting Citrus