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The Power of Getting Healthy: How I Made My Transformation

Baker Harrell and his wife, LisaWhen Baker Harrell was 11 years old, he had an epiphany that not only inspired him to change his life, but those of countless others.

Essential Advice from Our Healthy Eating Specialists

Did you know that many of our stores have Healthy Eating Specialists?

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Healthy Eating: From Passion to Mission

Zack Warren is a Whole Foods Market Healthy Eating Specialist at the Reno, Nevada store. A former Marine, Zack worked as a kitchen supervisor in the Corps and attended Le Cordon Bleu after his service. Zack shares the story of how he came to value a healthier way of eating and chose to dedicate his life to helping others make healthy choices.

Lucky Foods for the New Year

Cultures around the world have long held superstitious beliefs about certain foods considered to be good luck, usually because they represent abundance, prosperity and longevity. What’s so awesome about this tradition is that many of these foods are healthy, delicious and easily accessible.

An Amazing Wheat Grass Sale

Amazing Grass Organic Wheat GrassDoes your to-do list include getting in your daily greens?

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Our Top-Rated Recipes of 2013

The year 2013 was a good one! We’ve expanded the number of our Health Starts Here® recipes to over 400 and offered up more recipes for you to try as a whole.

Our readers seemed to like the idea of taking recipe standbys (fruit salads, burritos, grilled cheese sandwiches, spinach salads) and turning them up a notch.

We even had a winning Team Member dip from a produce department contest make waves!

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Ten Festive New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Ringing in 2014 doesn’t have to involve a crush of people and champagne poppers at midnight. Here’s a few fun food-focused ideas for an at-home celebration that everyone can enjoy.

A Bit of the Bubbly

When it comes to the New Year’s Eve countdown, something bubbly is a must! With that in mind, here’s a champagne primer to help you get your bubbly supply sorted out in time to celebrate!
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Shrimp, So Many Ways

No matter which way you serve it, shrimp is a great choice for holiday party fare as well as for everyday cooking. Here are more than 10 tasty ideas for succulent shrimp.

A Bevy of Beverages + Sales!

Here are a few beverage trends you might be seeing on the shelves at Whole Foods Market®; let’s raise a glass to variety!

Wholesome Cookies for the Whole Family

Get the kids involved in the kitchen and whip up a batch of these delicious, unprocessed holiday cookies.

Chinese Take-Out at Home

For many Jewish families like mine, Christmas Day is a day for eating Chinese food and heading to the movies. But, I also had a friend who celebrated Christmas with his family every year by cooking a big meal inspired by the cuisine of another country (Thai one year, Argentinian the next) and watching old movies all day. I like the quirkiness of both customs.

It may seem unconventional, but Chinese take-out for Christmas is borderline traditional. Stay cozy and make your favorite take-out dishes at home.

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The Gift that Gives All Year Long

Whole Planet Foundation 2014 CalendarThis holiday season, you can save money on your favorite shopping staples and help support women entrepreneurs around the globe by purchasing a Whole Planet Foundation® 2014 calendar.

Stock a Healthy Pantry

The end of the year is the perfect time to do a pantry reset. In addition to stocking the refrigerator with all the veggies and fruit you can manage, filling your pantry with feel-good food will help you double down on your New Year’s resolutions.

Beans, Beans!

How to Construct a Sparkly Cocktail

It wouldn’t be the holidays without a little bit of sparkle – especially in our cocktails. From their animated appearance to their tongue-tickling bubbles, sparkling cocktails are made for celebrations. And with the right combinations of flavors and additions, such as liqueur infused with bitter orange, sugar cubes, or lemon twists, effervescent cocktails can appeal to everyone in the crowd (over 21, that is!).

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Christmas Brunch: A Perfect Present

No matter your cooking style – whether you like to keep things simple or go all out – you can enjoy a fabulous breakfast on Christmas morning.

Ham for the Holidays

A Christmas dinner centerpiece that morphs into the most amazing leftovers. You really should go ham for the holidays.
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Five Budget-Friendly Appetizers Worth Celebrating

Here’s a taste of the party perfect foods that we’re making this season without financial fallout.

Solid Glow: Easy Day-To-Night Makeup

Shimmering, gilded eyes are an easy, quick way to go from day to night and be party-ready in a flash!
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Unwrap the Gift of Panna

Panna is the video cooking magazine for iPad, iPhone and the web, where top chefs demonstrate their favorite recipes so you can follow along and create them perfectly at home.

Something For Everyone Party Spread

Special diets can be confusing if you’re not used to them, but once you know the ins and outs, it is very simple to prepare meals everyone can enjoy.

Favorite Holiday Pairings from Our Cheese Pros

Holiday Cheese PlateDid you know that more Certified Cheese Professionals work at Whole Foods Market than any retailer in the world?

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Five Must-Haves for Your Christmas Pantry

Cocktail parties, cookie swaps, work gatherings, school celebrations – December calendars get full fast so having a well-stocked pantry makes juggling easier. Here are our top five picks for making that happen.

Quick Breads for Easy Breakfasts

Now that the winter chill is on and guests are filling the house, quick breads and muffins are my go-to for fast and delicious breakfasts.
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Your Best (And Easiest!) Cocktail Party

Holiday parties are all about the mixing and mingling. Rather than serve a large meal or buffet, providing snacks that can be eaten one-handed means plenty of opportunity for socializing and minimal time in the kitchen.

How to Host a Cookie Swap

Holiday Favorite: Spiced Nuts

Whether you put spiced nuts out to share with company or you use them to complement salads, desserts or breakfast cereal, this simple, classic treat is a holiday must.

Easy Peasy Dessert Party + a Sale!

La dolce vita for me is sharing good eats with friends. Over the years I’ve found that a dessert party is one of the most delightful, least stressful and utterly scrumptious ways to celebrate the season. Here’s my advice for a deliciously easy dessert buffet.

A Compound Butter Bar How-To

Tis’ The Season to Drink Great Beer

Christian DeBenedetti and Devon Broglie share the best beer pairings for hoppy holidays.
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Six Easy Holiday Snacks to Keep On Hand

One of the biggest holiday luxuries is the freedom to indulge in decadent feasts to our heart’s content. While your guests are waiting around for the main event, sometimes you need a small bite here and there to keep everyone feeling festive and bolster any cocktails being consumed. From sweet and savory walnuts to smoky, crunchy chickpeas, here are six easily prepared snacks to keep on hand this holiday season.

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Holiday Entertaining on a Dime

When you’re hosting the festivities, there’s no reason to invite overspending. Follow these tips from The Whole Deal value guide.

Eggnog: a Taste of Tradition + Twists

Ham vs. turkey. Gingerbread cookies vs. sugar cookies. There are plenty of debates centered on yuletide traditions. At my house, though, there’s no question: there will be eggnog.

Nog for Everyone

With lots of houseguests this month, my holiday motto is “Make some, buy some” so it’s Whole Foods Market® to the rescue. Not only is there organic traditional dairy eggnog, but there are also great non-dairy options to suit vegan or lactose intolerant celebrants.

Easy Recipes for Shop ‘til You Drop Days

The holiday season means that in addition to the regular busy schedule of school, extracurricular and volunteer activities, our family is adding on planning for parties, shopping for gifts, and looking for that perfect decoration to complete our Christmas tree.

After an exhausting day running around town, the last thing I want to think about is how long it’s going to take to get dinner ready.

Celebrate a Non-Commercial Christmas and Win $500 for Charity

All of the Black Friday, Cyber Monday, BUY-BUY-BUY gift madness is making me crazy. The over-the-top advertising has a reverse effect on me: I don’t want to buy anything as a sign of protest!

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DIY Gifts From Your Kitchen

I tend to give homemade gifts from my kitchen, whether it’s ingredients or an already-baked treat. Even if those on your “Nice” list aren’t foodies, gifts from your kitchen are the perfect way to share the spirit of the holiday season.

Holiday Meal Giveaway: More Joy, Less Stress

While you’re still basking in the turkey afterglow, let us help you plan your next feast!

Read on to find out how you can enter to win a $250 Whole Foods Market gift card to make your holiday celebration more joyful and less stressful. UPDATE: Thank you to everyone that entered. Congrats to our winners: Winnie, Jennifer, Shannon, JK and Rosie!

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Putumayo Presents Acoustic Christmas

Read on for a chance to win a CD set of Putumayo’s best-selling Christmas collection, available in most Whole Foods Market Stores. Dan Storper is the CEO and founder of Putumayo World Music. UPDATE: Thank you to everyone that entered. Congrats to our randomly chosen winner, Jeffrey!

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