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A Heart-y Vegan Valentine’s Day Dinner for the Family

Gin Tolany creates a heart-themed and vegan Valentine’s Day dinner menu that her whole family can enjoy.

We Heart Healthy Desserts!

As Valentine’s Day draws near, I get excited about sharing sweet treats with friends and family. This year, I’m challenging myself to express whole-hearted affection with wholesome, whole food ingredients.

Touchdown! Family-Friendly Game-Day Favorites

Dan Marek is the School Programs Educator for Whole Kids Foundation®. Prior to joining their team he was a Whole Foods Market® healthy eating specialist where he educated his community about healthy food.

Getting ready for Sunday’s big football game can be tricky if you are trying to keep things healthy. Greasy snacks can weigh you down and make you sluggish by half time. But we have some solutions that will keep your energy going until the trophy is handed to the winner.

The (Baking) Substitute Teacher

When it comes to baking it seems you need a chemistry degree to make healthier changes to recipes. One wrong move and you can turn cookies into hockey pucks, which is why we’ve pulled together our best baking substitution pointers for sweet success.

Game-Day Grub Ideas for a Wallet Win

With our quality standards ¬– no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners ¬– as the refs and your budget and taste buds as the MVPs, you can serve victorious game-day grub.

Take the Engine 2 Challenge

Engine 2 is a plan of action for following — and sticking to — a plant-strong® lifestyle, created by former firefighter, Rip Esselstyn.

10 Healthy Game Day Favorites

Looking for a crowd-pleasing spread that's got a healthy twist? Check out our top ten picks for healthy game day grub!

14 Dips for Game Day Gatherings

Gearing up for game day? Here are some super dips, along with classic and unusual dippers, perfect for your football-watching party menu. Grab a bowl and let’s go!

We’re Cranking up Great New Sounds

Six new CDs, including the latest release from Bruce Springsteen, have made it to our shelves and we can’t wait to tell you about them. Turn it up!

Score Big with These Favorite Football Party Foods

Planning your menu for the big football game? These ideas for dips, chips and game-time grub are winners!

Protein-Packed Recipes

From meat-loving paleos to plant-strong vegans, everyone needs some protein in their diet. Here are some recipes for anyone interested in getting good protein in their diet.

Faster Than You Thought: Cooking Whole Grains and Legumes

Try our fast and easy prep tips for cooking up whole grains and legumes.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Makes Us Want to HITRECORD

Joseph’s new show — it’s called HITRECORD ON TV! — premieres Saturday, January 18 at 10 PM ET / 7 PM PT.

Small Amounts = Big Flavor

Crumbles, teaspoons and dashes of über-flavorful ingredients – think smoky bacon, salty miso or rich butter – add big taste and keep nutrition numbers in check. Here’s how to make it work in your kitchen.

10 Sumptuous Stew Recipes

There’s not much more comforting than simmering stew on a cold day. Whether you’re looking for a vegan stew, something for your slow-cooker, or hearty beef or meat, you’re sure to find a new favorite in these stew recipes.

Making Healthy Eating a Lifelong Habit: Tips for Staying Motivated

Our Healthy Eating Specialists share their favorite strategies for staying motivated and eat healthy for the long term.

Dark Rye on the Telly

Dark Rye is an online magazine from Whole Foods Market that explores the realms of food, health, sustainability, design, tech and social enterprise. Through our stories, recipes and creative projects, we hope to encourage you to jump-start your imaginations and inspire you to try something new. And hey, guess what? We’re now on TV too! The television debut of Dark Rye airs on pivot Wednesday, January 22nd at 9:30 PM ET / 6:30 PM PT.

Winning with Crohn’s: How One Athlete Maintains Top Performance

Learn how one athlete manages her Crohn’s symptoms through careful diet which helps her thrive.

6 Simple Cocktails Fit for Game-Day Parties

The Big Game is fast approaching, and a plain old can of beer isn’t nearly festive enough.

Five Tasty Ways to Make Meatless Meals

Whether you're a long-time vegetarian or just eat meatless on Mondays, you'll find these no-meat recipes totally satisfying.

How I Celebrate Chinese New Year

Happy year of the Horse! Learn about some Chinese New Year traditions and foods to bring luck and prosperity into the new year.

6 Ways to Stay Hot for Healthy Eating

When it comes to healthy eating, do you ever wonder how to keep the fire burnin’? These tips will add variety to your healthy eating repertoire.

Bravesoul Wins Our Team Member Music Project

We know our team members rock. But did you know they rock? We have so many musicians in our midst and we wanted to showcase their talents with a little friendly competition.

The winner of the 2nd annual Whole Foods Market Team Member Music Project is a Los Angeles-based, alt-rock band Bravesoul. Take a listen and watch their music video.


Hold the Cream: 6 Great Ingredients for Dairy-Free Richness

Even if you say no to dairy, you’ll say yes these rich, creamy and good-for-you alternatives to cream. Take a look at how to make cashew cream and more!

Healthy Eating and Healthy Spending

Wondering how to save money and eat healthy? You can do both! Here are some smart grocery shopping tips for health and wealth.

Out With the Old and In With the New!



Collards Are the New Kale

Kale is all the rage these days, but it isn’t the only healthy green out there. Have you heard the siren call of collards yet?

Making Green, Grain-Free Wraps

Collards, kale and other dark, leafy greens are a surprisingly delicious alternative to wheat wraps. They’re healthy, gluten-free, fat-free and add a lot of character to wrap recipes.

Healthy Techniques to Try

January offers up a great opportunity for giving your kitchen routine a revamp. I’m working on eating plenty of salads, drinking lots of water and topping my morning oatmeal with fresh fruit, but I also pay close attention to cooking practices for an extra fresh start.

These four simple techniques will help you cut back on sodium and fat, reduce consumption of meat, bump your intake of veggies and stay cozy in the chilly winter months. Bonus!

Here’s how to tackle your new kitchen strategy:

Restaurant-Worthy Meals Done at Home, Healthier

Are you trying to stick with a healthy diet but still craving restaurant food? Dine in at home with these satisfying healthy recipes and you won’t miss a thing!

Healthy Ways to Avoid Temptation and Stick to Your Health Goals

Each day, you make good-for-you decisions and take small steps toward your healthy eating goals. But temptation is everywhere. Our Healthy Eating Specialists share their best tips for resisting temptation and sticking to your goals.

Let’s Talk Portion Control

Carefully measuring portions can take the fun out of cooking and eating. Here are our top five tips for healthy, happy portion control

Great Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is smooth, thick and decadently creamy. Try it in one of these 15 ways.

Orange You Glad – 2 Tools to Help Kids Enjoy Seasonal Citrus

Whole, slivers, sections, pulp, no pulp… no matter how you cut it, oranges are fabulous. Their skin smells great and even sprays cool oils when you squish it – so neat! Bright orangey delights are around every corner at Whole Foods Market® right now, because darlin’ clementine… it’s citrus season, and Whole Kids Foundation® is joining in the fun!

Six Great Grain Recipes to Discover Now

Six winter grain recipes to discover now – and carry with you into the new year.

Five Things to Add to Your Smoothies in 2014

If your blender gets a daily workout, bravo! Smoothies are an easy way to get fruit and veggie goodness into your diet during the winter. And they’re particularly good for those eating dairy-free – the satisfying creaminess of a well-blended smoothie can’t be beat!

Looking to shake things up? Experiment with these add-ins and fall in love with the slurp all over again.



Seasonal Super Foods: Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck

8 Time-Saving Tips for Healthy Eating

We know that it’s simpler to eat nutrient-dense plant foods when the preparation fits into your schedule. That's why we’ve pulled together these time-saving tips for creating nutritious meals all week long.

Quick Fixes for Big Nutritional Impact

Giving a nutritious nudge to dishes is as easy as an ingredient swap, a new technique or a sprinkle of nuts. Here are a few of my favorite tactics.