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Five Favorite (and Easy) Ways to Get Healthy

For many folks trying to get healthier, personal austerity programs don’t last. To keep excited and inspired, it’s better to focus on the fun side of healthy eating. Luckily, we have a host of resources designed to encourage delicious discoveries and culinary creativity.

Stock a Healthy Pantry, Win a Gift Card

If your New Year’s resolutions involve healthy eating, read on for shopping tips and a chance to win a $99 Whole Foods Market gift card.

What I Learned from the The Engine 2 Diet

Since the new year is upon us, and many of us are re-evaluating our eating habits, we asked Eddie, a team member who has made some big changes, to share some tips from his experiences with eating a plant-strong® diet. What he says might just inspire you to sign up for the Engine 2® Challenge in 2015.

Welcome 2015 with Lucky Foods

The superstitious ritual of eating specific “lucky” foods on New Year’s Day is believed to confer health, wealth and longevity. One great fortune is that these foods — among them greens, fish, noodles and beans — are delicious!

A Sparkling Wine Primer

As we become more aware of how food-friendly sparkling wines are, we’re ordering them with our meals, with appetizers and at after-work happy hours. Still, nothing says “Holidays!” like a glass of beautiful, energetic, effervescent sparkling wine. Check out our tips for choosing the right one for you. `3

Our Quality Standards: We Don’t Sell Just Anything

We don’t sell just anything. Really. Everything in our stores has to meet our quality standards, or we won’t carry it. Here’s the inside scoop on some of our most fundamental standards – no hydrogenated fats, no artificial sweeteners, no artificial flavors or colors, and no artificial preservatives – and why what you find in our stores is different than anywhere else.

14 Favorite Whole Foods Market Recipes from 2014

As a lover and avid reader of recipes and cookbooks, looking back over all the new recipes we created and served up this past year is a delicious treat. Here are 14 of my personal favorites from 2014.  


Merry Christmas


Celebrate Healthy Choices Every Day! #HealthYeah

Celebrate all the little steps along the path to healthy eating. Did you add a handful of greens to your morning smoothie? Cheers! Try a new recipe today? Hooray! No matter what your goals are, it’s easier to stay on track when you have support. Since our customers are already great about sharing delicious discoveries, healthy tips and personal triumphs on social media, we’re asking folks to tag their posts #healthyeah — it’s an easy way to get support and keep the inspiration flowing.

Holiday Brunch Recipes

From Baked French Toast Sticks with Orange Maple Syrup and Cinnamon-Almond Olive Oil Cake to Champagne Baked Eggs with Spinach and Crispy Ham and Tortilla Breakfast Strata with Sausage and Green Chiles, here are tasty and easy brunch ideas for the holidays.

Let’s Talk Cheese with Cathy Strange and Panna

Whole Foods Market global cheese buyer, Cathy Strange and Panna, the video cooking magazine, are inviting you into Cathy's wonderful world of cheese. Panna is pleased to introduce Cathy’s brand new column The Wheel, where she gives you the lowdown on all her favorite cheeses.

Fun Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

Hosting a New Year’s Eve party? We’ve got theme ideas, tips and recipes to get the party started!

Brunch, Gluten-Free Style

Simmer and Savor: Slow Cooker Meals

Looking for easy nourishing meal solutions this season? Try slow cooking; despite the name, standing by the stove for hours on end isn’t necessary!

Big Flavors, Bite-Sized Costs

Planning the perfect party? With these money-saving tips and budget-friendly recipes, you can dazzle with few dollars and entertain with ease.

Easy Ideas for Last-Minute Entertaining

When the weather gets colder and days get shorter, I’m all about the warm and fuzzy feelings I get from quality time spent with friends. From decorating cookies to binge-watching Christmas specials — I’ll find almost any excuse for an impromptu party.

To make sure I’m ready to host at a moment’s notice, I’ve compiled a quick list of no-fuss favorites.


10 Gifts Under $10

Stocking stuffers, host gifts, secret Santas, oh my! Even little holiday gifts can really add up. Luckily, we’re here to show you how to get more for less with our best bets under $10.


Making the Most of Pear Season

Baked, cooked, poached, sliced in salads or eaten out of hand, pears can make a meal. Luckily, autumn and winter are the perfect time for pears.

Reds I Want for Christmas (and a White and a Bubbly, Too)


Presents with a Purpose

Is it better to give or to receive? Both are pretty nice when you’re talking about gifts that give back to people and organizations around the world. That’s why we’ve curated a pile of presents that do more this season — and beyond!

Spread the joy with some of our favorite small gifts that make a big impact; browse then shop in store.


Vegetarian Main Dishes Worth Celebrating

Vegetarian dishes can shine as the main attraction at your holiday table, especially when you focus on fresh, flavorful and seasonal ingredients.

The Best Meat for Your Celebration

While Thanksgiving is all about the sides, the main course take center stage during this month’s celebrations. That’s why we’re all about meat that’s full of flavor, not antibiotics or added hormones.

Tips for a “Greener” Holiday Season

The holidays are a time of joy and celebration; they’re also a time when North Americans produce more trash than any other time of the year. Here are a few tips to live lighter on the planet this holiday season.

Homemade for the Holidays: Gifts from the Kitchen

From cookie mix to the friends with kids to dog treats for the pet owners, homemade gifts from the kitchen are a wonderful way to personalize the holiday long after the presents have been exchanged.

It’s Time For a Change: Sign the Slow Food Manifesto

If the approaching December holidays are inducing pangs of dread, consider December 10, Terra Madre Day, as your escape valve — a day to remember why we live, why we eat and why we cherish each other.

All Things Nog

From traditional to dairy-free, here’s a breakdown of a few of our favorite nogs — all without artificial sweeteners, flavors or preservatives.

Healthy Holiday Noshing

Not sure how to tackle holiday noshing in the face of endless buffets, dessert parties and drinks? Relax, and make up your mind that this year you are going to celebrate deliciously and healthfully while having a good time. These survival tricks will help you do just that.

High Standards on Body Care is a Gift

This is the time of year when you see body care gifts on display in virtually every store. So, does it matter where you shop for your body care gifts? Yes, there absolutely is. Here’s how ours are different.

Cookies For All: Gluten Free, Vegan and More

Sharing cookies means being able to share them with all my friends, and luckily there are plenty of options for those who are vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and more.

Antipasto Perfecto for the Holidays

Because we all lead busy lives, feed guests in a way that shows you care while still allowing you to focus on them, not spending time in the kitchen. A great way to do that is with an antipasto plate.

More Alpine Cheeses Please

Pining for Alpine cheeses? Come to our free Cheese Nights on Tuesday, December 9.

Hanukkah Essentials

If you’ve been dreaming about your favorite holiday flavors — latkes and Sufganiyot and kugel — and checking out Hanukkah recipes for inspiration, now is the time to get shopping! We’ve curated holiday helpers to make your celebrations deliciously memorable.

Celebrate the Holidays with Citrus

Oranges. Grapefruit. Lemons. Limes. Tangerines. Satsumas. Although a lot of people think of citrus as a summery-sunshine fruit, it’s really at its peak now, making these juicy, delicious fruits available for a variety of cold-weather menus and holiday dishes.