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Wicked Healthy: Your Favorite Foods Get a Plant-Based Makeover

Updated August 17, 2016


Favorite New Recipes: No-Bake Desserts and No-Cook Salads and Sauces

Get to Know Nori

If you’re a sushi lover, you’re familiar with nori. But did you know there’s so many other ways to enjoy this mineral-rich seaweed? It’s so on-trend right now, and for good reason!

Pack Lunch Boxes Without Packing Landfills

Back to school season can be a bit of a challenge for parents who care about sustainability. It’s a time when the three Rs—reduce, reuse, recycle — often take a backseat to convenience. But with a little ingenuity, parents can find easy-to-use alternatives that match their Earth-friendly values. Just ask Kirsten Quigley, mother of four and creator of LunchSkins reusable snack and sandwich bags. Back in 2008, Kirsten was organizing a green auction at her kids’ school when she came across some striking statistics: • According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, 90% of the plastic items in our daily lives are used once and then discarded. • Somewhere between 5.3 and 14 million tons of plastic waste enters our oceans each year, posing a threat to ecosystems and marine life.

How to Stay Cool in the Kitchen: Tips from Chef Tien Ho

Sometimes cooking can’t be avoided, even when the temperature reaches triple digits. Tien Ho, Whole Foods Market culinary vice president shares his tried-and-true tips to beat the heat.

Will Travel with Cleats: Carli Lloyd’s Travel Tips

We’re thrilled to partner with soccer champion Carli Lloyd to talk all things food, fitness and fun. We recently quizzed the athlete on her top travel tips, how she and her teammates prepare for being on the road and what they pack.


Coffee, Gummy Bears, Hemp Protein and More: Swimmer Kirsty Coventry’s Travel Essentials

We are thrilled to ask Kirsty Coventry, one of the world’s highest achieving female swimmers and one of Africa’s most successful athletes, about her routines for staying well and eating well. Kirsty hails from and swims for Zimbabwe and lives and trains in North Carolina. Inspired?


How to Set the Perfect Summer Table

We asked a few of our favorite entertaining experts for their top tips on tablescapes, serveware, and crowd-pleasing dishes to make sure your summer gathering is gorgeous — and goes off without a hitch!


Get to Know Poke

If you’ve ever been to Hawaii, chances are you’ve enjoyed a poke bowl. Poke (pronounced pok-eh) is popular island fare thanks to its simple preparation and fresh taste. Luckily for those of us who don’t live on an island, poke is making its way across the country and is easy to make at home.

DIY: How to Make a Flower Crown

Weddings, baby showers, music festivals — flower crowns cap off any summer occasion. We asked New York City floral designer Christy Doramus for advice on how to DIY the popular accessory using fresh, seasonal blooms from Whole Foods Market.

Get to Know Freekeh

Check Out Our 10 Most Popular Summer Recipes

Our top summer recipes have been tried, tested and declared delicious—by you! They’re beloved for their simplicity and fresh flavors, as well as their status as summer staples! From classic dishes for your backyard barbecue to perfect dessert and drink recipes for chilling out, these recipes should be on your must-make list.

Wicked Healthy: Plant-based BBQ Takeover!

Derek Sarno is the co-founder of Wicked Healthy and former Global Executive Chef for Whole Foods Market. Derek’s team was responsible for launching and developing the company’s Healthy Eating initiative. His experience in extensive recipe development and plant-based innovation was integrated with supplier partnerships, ultimately focusing on healthier, plant-centric sustainable foods and methods.  


Talking Knees, Healthy Snacks and Sleep with Soccer Player Carli Lloyd

We’re thrilled to partner with soccer champion Carli Lloyd to talk all things food, fitness and fun. We recently quizzed the athlete about her tips for staying well and fueling her fitness. Read more about Carli’s day-to-day healthy eating and her top tips on workout nutrition.  


Get to Know Dehydrated Fruit

Discover New Favorites: Biodynamic Rice

For rice farmer Lance Benson, the secret to a great-tasting pot of rice is…soil. “If we can make the soil better, then the resulting crops are better,” he explains. “They produce a higher quality food.” Lance puts soil first on his 300-acre farm in Biggs, California, where he grows intensely flavorful Biodynamic Organic Short-Grain Brown Rice and Biodynamic Organic Sushi Rice for Lundberg Family Farms.

Harpoon-caught Swordfish: A Deep Dive with the Marine Stewardship Council


Build A Better Pizza

This is part of a series where we’re informing readers how to make better nutritional choices when preparing some of their favorite foods. This installment focuses on one of our readers’ favorites: pizza! Who says pizza can’t be healthy? It’s all about the choices you make from crust to toppings. We link to several recipes here.

Favorite New Recipe: Watermelon Jerky

We asked Molly Siegler, our food editor, to share one of her favorite new recipes coming out of our test kitchen.


Freshly Made: Spicy Grilled Vegan Pizzas

From tracking down the perfect kitchen to making sure there are enough lemons to dress the set, Marie Guggedahl deems no detail too small when it comes to Whole Foods Market’s cooking series, Freshly

Get to Know Jackfruit

You might think you’ve tried every fruit under the sun, but you might not know jack … fruit. Jackfruit is a large tropical fruit that has been making waves in vegan circles as a meat substitute. Fruit in place of meat? Yep!