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The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog
April 4, 2014
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The fresh fruits and vegetables sprouting up this season beg to be eaten as simply as possible. These dishes feature whole, nutrient-dense foods with a focus on plant-based goodness. What a healthy way to celebrate spring!
March 28, 2014
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Move over, plain oatmeal! Today’s hot cereals feature a variety of whole grains and toppings. There’s no way to get breakfast fatigue with these customizable bowls.
March 7, 2014
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You might only consider salad when trying to round out a meat-based dinner, but salads can shine as the main dish. By switching up the ingredients from fruits to herbs to beans, you can create an entirely new flavor combination that keeps your salads exciting.
January 30, 2014
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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.
January 29, 2014
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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.

January 28, 2014
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Engine 2 is a plan of action for following — and sticking to — a plant-strong® lifestyle, created by former firefighter, Rip Esselstyn.
January 28, 2014
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Looking for a crowd-pleasing spread that's got a healthy twist? Check out our top ten picks for healthy game day grub!
January 23, 2014
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Try our fast and easy prep tips for cooking up whole grains and legumes.
January 21, 2014
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Our Healthy Eating Specialists share their favorite strategies for staying motivated and eat healthy for the long term.
January 18, 2014
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Learn how one athlete manages her Crohn’s symptoms through careful diet which helps her thrive.
January 16, 2014
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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.
January 15, 2014
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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!
January 9, 2014
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Make sure these healthy foods are on your shopping list and your pantry will be stocked with everything you need to create fast and healthy meals at home.
January 8, 2014
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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:

January 7, 2014
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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!
January 7, 2014
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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.
January 6, 2014
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Carefully measuring portions can take the fun out of cooking and eating. Here are our top five tips for healthy, happy portion control
January 2, 2014
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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.
January 1, 2014
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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.
December 31, 2013
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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.

December 31, 2013
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Did you know that many of our stores have Healthy Eating Specialists?

December 30, 2013
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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.

December 20, 2013
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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!

November 6, 2013
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One of the biggest and most hotly anticipated meals of the year comes, thankfully (ha!), as the fall harvest season wraps up. Count on winter squash, fresh cranberries, Brussels sprouts, root veggies and a few tropical fruits for a truly special Thanksgiving feast. Skipping added oils, sweeteners and sodium also means you can focus on the flavors of the foods you love.

Perk up your plate with these flavorful, healthy holiday options.

October 23, 2013
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Feeding a tween is like riding a rollercoaster. Some days it’s exhilarating: we’re intrepid explorers, discovering new flavors together! Other times it’s the pits: we’re stuck in a rut and we’re going to be eating mac and cheese for the rest of our lives!

My 10-year-old son is by turns adventurous and avoidant. He loves sushi but hates sandwiches. He’s into spicy foods but refuses to taste bananas or mashed potatoes. As a busy parent, I’ve developed a few strategies to help my temperamental tween try new things and get the nutrients he needs:

October 1, 2013
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Hearty fall veggies are perfect for keeping on hand for nutrient-dense meals. Healthy eating guru Mary shares her favorites to have around so her family can enjoy autumn’s harvest any day.
September 21, 2013
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Learn how to reduce the calories in almost every dish you make by steam frying instead of using butter or oil to sauté.
September 21, 2013
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Let’s avoid the label “picky eater” and instead keep food talk positive and encouraging. Here are our top ten tips for helping your kids try something new.
September 11, 2013
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Healthy eating guru Mary shares her kid’s favorite ways to fuel up on nutritious breakfasts before zooming off to school and beyond.
September 3, 2013
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After school snacks are an essential part of a school year routine, and we find that snack time is so much easier and more fun when our school-goers have had a hand in preparing the treats.

From selecting the perfect apple to choosing grains, nuts and dried fruit in the bulk aisle and using little hands to form snack cookies or flip on the blender – kids love to get in on the shopping and cooking action, too.

Choose smart mini meals and nourishing treats that are packed with fruits, veggies, whole grains and healthy fats for a little boost until dinnertime.

August 23, 2013
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Turn traditional Waldorf salad into a healthy feast using super greens (kale) instead of lettuce, and make a creamy dressing without any mayo!
August 13, 2013
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I’m a fairly new mom (my daughter is 18 months old), and so far my observations  in the realm of babies and food are that: babies eat frequently throughout the day; babies are not known for their patience; babies tend to eat dinner much earlier than adults.

August 6, 2013
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We all know meat and seafood love a good soak in flavorful marinade, but plant-based foods do, too.

Marinating requires a subtle balancing act that once achieved will catapult your basic vegetarian faves to new heights. Grab a few blocks of tofu, a slab of tempeh and all the produce you can manage and head to the kitchen for a little advanced preparation.

The Marinatee

August 3, 2013
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Watch and learn how to make a flavorful yet super simple sauce for broccoli and soba noodles, a great summertime combo.
July 20, 2013
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Watch Healthy Eating Chef Chad make a simple marinade that you can use for your favorite lean protein, such as tofu, tempeh, seitan, chicken or pork. You’ll learn the basics and from there you can create your own flavorful combinations. After you’ve marinated, learn how to grill.

July 17, 2013
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Indulge your sweet tooth without heating up the kitchen. Healthy eating guru Mary shares her favorite no-bake treats for summertime.
July 6, 2013
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Watch Healthy Eating Chef Chad make Mexican-inspired black bean hummus. It’s perfect for a summer dip or as a spread in a veggie wrap.
June 22, 2013
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Beat the heat with a cool bean salad made of garbanzos, carrots, green onions and an easy homemade dressing.
June 19, 2013
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Hot summer days require plenty of easy-to-eat, cooling foods to keep your crew energized and hydrated. Healthy Eating guru Mary shares some of her family’s favorite summer snacks.
June 5, 2013
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We’ve rounded up our ten favorite healthy recipes for daddy-o’s to enjoy on their day (psst – that’s Sunday, June 16th).
June 4, 2013
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It’s grilling season and what better way to cook tofu or lean proteins than over a hot flame. Watch and learn as Healthy Eating Chef Chad grills marinated tofu in a flash.
May 22, 2013
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Healthy eating guru Mary shares ideas for loading up your picnic basket with family-pleasing, nutrient-dense favorites.
May 18, 2013
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Healthy Eating Chef Chad shows us how to keep vegetables crisp and vibrant by learning how to blanch and shock them.
May 7, 2013
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A glorious dinner worthy of the greatest mother in the land (yours!) needn’t be heavy. Let spring produce and warmer weather dictate a seasonal spread fit for a queen. Ease up on animal protein and swap oils and sugars for healthful substitutes to celebrate naturally flavorful whole foods.

Treat your mother right with light and easy dinner dishes that will leave the whole family feeling great.

May 5, 2013
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Go beyond center-of-the-plate thinking and load up on vegetables, beans and whole grains along with some flavorful beef, chicken and fish. Try these Health Starts Here recipe favorites.
May 4, 2013
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Watch how to make creamy sesame greens by adding steamed kale to a quick tahini sauce for a filling side dish full of nutrients.
April 20, 2013
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Learn a simple trick to bring out an even deeper flavor from nuts and seeds.
April 9, 2013
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Engine 2’s new frozen grain blends promise to give refrigerator shelves and stockpots everywhere a break with already cooked (and spiced!) blends that heat up in a flash.
April 6, 2013
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Watch while Healthy Eating Chef Chad Sarno shows us how to make this flavorful fried rice without oil. The addition of edamame makes it perfect for a main dish or serve as a side.
March 27, 2013
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Steaming helps keep fresh veggies at their optimum for flavor and nutrition. Learn this simple healthy cooking technique and more from Health Starts Here™ chef Derek.
March 21, 2013
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Watch smoothie magic before your own eyes and see how to add greens to your breakfast drink without sacrificing its sweet flavor.
March 15, 2013
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To complement your wearin’ o’ the green for St. Patrick’s Day, why not turn your focus to eatin’ o’ the greens? Here’s how we get more greens on the table!
March 12, 2013
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April is mango madness time around here and! Here are some of my favorite facts and tips to get the most out of mangoes during this lively – albeit short lived - season.
March 5, 2013
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Ease out of winter's heavier fare with energizing plant-based recipes, perfect for Sunday brunch.
February 25, 2013
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Vinegar is as essential as spices and herbs — even salt and pepper — in bringing life to a dish. Flavor with a variety of vinegars in these Health Starts Here™ recipes.
February 20, 2013
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Learn some simple healthy cooking techniques from one of our Health Starts Here™ chef experts. No need to blanch at blanching!
February 14, 2013
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Creamy Cashew "Risotto" with Butternut SquashHealthy eating can be so much more than just salads and tofu. By showcasing plant-based foods as the main course, you can feel the comfort of a hearty meal while doing your body good.

February 8, 2013
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So, let's be frank: When you love chocolate, it's hard to find a replacement with the same flavor and mouth-feel, right? Enter carob.
February 6, 2013
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Sweet treats for Valentine’s don’t have to be at the expense of your healthy eating plan. Try these healthier treats.
February 6, 2013
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I love making (and eating!) desserts. As a girl my first forays in the kitchen were to help my older sisters frost birthday cakes, mix cookie dough and bake brownies.

January 31, 2013
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Try our tips for making delicious dips while keeping an eye on health.
January 28, 2013
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Looking for timesaving tips for eating healthy? There are lots of ways to save time in the kitchen with an eye towards health. Find out how!
January 27, 2013
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Excerpt: Want to cook healthier meals? Try roasting! Learn healthy cooking techniques from one of our Health Starts Here™ chef experts.
January 25, 2013
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Yes, you can meet all of your body’s calcium needs from plant-based sources like greens, beans, nuts and seeds. Learn how and why.
January 23, 2013
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Pull together a healthy, nutrient dense morning meal in record time with these five simple Health Starts Here™ breakfast recipes.
January 19, 2013
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Learn how to make a hearty vegetarian Bolognese sauce featuring eggplant and mushrooms.
January 18, 2013
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Check out these ideas for simple, nutrient-dense lunches. They’re so good, you’ll want to pack your lunch!
January 17, 2013
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Need some menu planning help? We’ve created a Health Starts Here™ Menu Plan and Shopping List for a full week of healthy eating.
January 17, 2013
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beansLooking for a little guidance through this month of oh-so-many expectations? We’ve got 31 tips to help you eat healthier and feel better. Be sure to check out the full calendar!

January 16, 2013
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On a frosty day when a salad just won’t make the grade, opt for one of these satisfying dishes that won’t sabotage your healthy eating plan.
January 16, 2013
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Blast off to a healthier you in just 14 days with a series of easy-to-accomplish missions. With just one small step a day you can make giant leaps toward better health!
January 15, 2013
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The classic cartoon hero Popeye was an early champion of plant-based protein demonstrated in his theme song, “I’m strong to the finish ‘cause I eats me spinach….” For years mothers, including my mot

January 13, 2013
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Spiking your dishes with spices is one of the simplest ways to boost the flavor. Learn how to accent healthy staples like vegetables, whole grains and beans with aromatic spices.
January 10, 2013
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 2767_broccoli_salad“What’s in your wallet?” asks a large, burly barbarian and star of the famous credit card commercial, implying that the value of your credit car

January 10, 2013
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Looking for a little guidance through this month of oh-so-many expectations? Learn what sets us apart and how we can help you achieve your healthy-eating goals.
January 9, 2013
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Need a little help making better food choices? We’ve got seven tips to get you through the week with an eye toward a healthier lifestyle.
January 9, 2013
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Love to snack? So do we! Rework snack time with tasty, nutrient dense, Health Starts Here™ options sure to please every palate.
January 8, 2013
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Tired of feeling sluggish? Let us help you recover from that holiday food coma with a few simple changes for lifelong health.
January 7, 2013
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It’s the perfect time to expand on the standard broccoli side dish. These favorite recipes give you and broccoli a fresh start.
January 7, 2013
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Can you really cook without oil? Sure you can! Learn healthy cooking techniques from one of our Health Starts Here™ chef experts.
January 5, 2013
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Pull together a healthy, nutrient dense meal in record time with these five simple Health Starts Here™ supper recipes.
January 5, 2013
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It’s the coldest time of the year but you can stay warm all season long with this nutrient-enhanced, health-promoting Chicken and Brown Rice Soup. How’s that for a hard working bowl of soup?
January 3, 2013
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Looking for a little guidance through this month of oh-so-many expectations? We’ve got lots of tips to help you feel better. Try these simple ideas to painlessly clean up your act.
January 1, 2013
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Ready to make a fresh start? Our Four Pillars of Healthy Eating can help guide your journey and spark your creativity in the kitchen.
January 1, 2013
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Veggies soaked in a rich marinade made with Engine 2 Plant-Strong™ Hummus -- and then grilled -- make a superb topping for these tasty tortilla pizzas.
December 31, 2012
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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.

December 20, 2012
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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.

December 18, 2012
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This healthful and festive salad featuring roasted chestnuts, a seasonal favorite, makes a great addition to your holiday dinner.
December 16, 2012
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Nutrient-rich, colorful and delicious, winter squash deserves an ongoing place at your table. Check out our favorite healthier ways to prepare winter squash.
December 15, 2012
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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.
December 8, 2012
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Healthy eating takes center stage this holiday season with our crowd-pleasing Celebration Lentil Loaf — nourishing, hearty and great as leftovers too!
December 3, 2012
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Our favorite survival tips and tricks will help you navigate the dreaded holiday havoc of parties, buffets, treats and drinks.
November 21, 2012
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No holiday table is complete without green beans. This simple, delicious and healthy recipe features classic flavors of the season (and won't take up any valuable space in the oven).
November 19, 2012
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Simple strategies to help make the holidays a little bit healthier, a little less hectic and a lot more enjoyable.
November 13, 2012
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Traditional holiday cooking calls for many ingredients that don’t mesh with a PlantStrong™ diet. Read and share tips for enjoying the holidays with plant-based substitutions.
November 12, 2012
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Unbaked apple pies are easy to master and a great conversation piece. They’re a fresh take on a traditional pie and are a delicious way to end any feast.
November 10, 2012
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Especially Good Sweet PotatoesWhen the trees stand skeletal against the sky, blustery winds chill your bones, and that extra little nip in the air is upon us, I know it’s time to

November 9, 2012
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Creamy Sesame GreensHave you eaten your leafy greens today?

November 9, 2012
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Lighten up! These healthier dishes make welcome additions to your feast and help to balance out some of the richer flavors of the season.
October 25, 2012
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Looking to incorporate more greens into your family’s dishes? Learn about all the varieties of dark leafy greens that add nutrients and beauty to your plate.
October 24, 2012
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Winter SquashThose sweaters have come out, the heaters have started coming on in the mornings, the hot soups are back onto weekly menus, and all the heirloom hard squash and pumpkins are spilling out of every Whole Foods Market® outdoor display. Autumn is here and the holidays are right around the corner!

October 19, 2012
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Want to stay health-focused through the holiday craziness? Try these recipes designed to fit into weekly menu plans to help keep us balanced and energized throughout the holiday season.
October 18, 2012
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Learn how to make this flavorful (but not spicy) curry with sweet potatoes and green beans and a surprise ingredient, chunks of tempeh.
October 15, 2012
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This Engine 2 Mac & Not Cheese recipe can fill the void for old comfort food cravings. The cashews and lemon juice combine to provide a creaminess that you might not expect from a plant-strong, dairy-free dish.
October 14, 2012
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A hot whole grain porridge warms you up on cool mornings and is an easy way to give breakfast a nutritional boost. Learn our tricks to hot cereal on busy mornings.
October 11, 2012
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PumpkinsNot to scare you…but Halloween is just around the corner and it’s just the tip of the iceberg of the holiday season. It seems to just ramp up from October all the way through to spring.

September 30, 2012
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Tangy Bean Salad with Carrots and Green OnionsIf you are the parent of kids or just a big kid yourself, the idea of eating healthy on the go can seem a bit overwhelming.

September 13, 2012
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As the heat of summer slowly subsides, the autumn change of weather begins to offer those amazing crisp mornings, and colder nights.

August 4, 2012
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When the temperature approaches triple digits, the last thing I want to do is turn on my stove or oven.

June 2, 2012
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We’re dishing up tips and recipes for healthy grilling to expand your options, not your waistline.
April 12, 2012
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Blackberries

Not only do my children love berries, they are practically little ogres for them.

March 29, 2012
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The healthy options don’t have to hide among the rich foods on your spring table. Our Healthy Eating guru shares her go-to festive brunch dishes.
March 14, 2012
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Whether showing off your passion for the Emerald Isle or simply feeling spring-y, now is the time to get more green in your life. Try these healthy recipes for asparagus, broccoli, bok choy and more.
March 14, 2012
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Join us for Week 3 of the Health Starts Here® 28-Day Challenge! If you want to eat healthier and are looking for plenty of cooking resources and inspiration – this challenge is for you.
March 6, 2012
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Join us for Week 2 of the Health Starts Here® 28-Day Challenge! If you want to eat healthier but don’t know where to start – this challenge is for you.
March 5, 2012
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Cabbage pairs well with a variety of root vegetables as well as meat, fish, chicken, pork, beans, tofu and tempeh. Discover some of our favorite cabbage recipes.
March 1, 2012
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I’ve never been very interested in keeping house; scrubbing and cleaning are just not my strong suits.

My talents shine in the kitchen.

February 29, 2012
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Want to eat healthier but don’t know where to start? Take the Health Starts Here® 28-Day Challenge!
February 16, 2012
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Whether a featured solo or part of a symphony of flavors, the beautiful beet should play a part in your veggie repertoire. Here's how our healthy eating guru serves beets to her family.
January 31, 2012
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Pick up the items on our $50 Pantry Stock Up list, and you’ll be ready to add a few fresh ingredients, herbs and spices to be able to cook 14 of our favorite recipes.
January 26, 2012
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Get the health benefits of fish and the budget benefits of cooking at home by using our simple instructions for broiling fish. Try our favorite, simple recipes for cooking fish.
January 25, 2012
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Pick up the items on our $50 Pantry Stock Up list, and you’ll be ready to add a few fresh ingredients, herbs and spices to be able to cook 14 of our favorite recipes.
January 19, 2012
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Keep your Game Day spread lean and green with these favorite easy eats from our Health Starts Here® recipes.
January 19, 2012
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Cooking beans at home is renowned as a simple way to save money and provide the base for many a healthy meal. Learn the basics with our simple recipe.
January 18, 2012
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Pick up the items on our $50 Pantry Stock Up list, and you’ll be ready to add a few fresh ingredients, herbs and spices to be able to cook 14 of our favorite recipes.
January 12, 2012
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Don’t let hard winter squash intimidate you in the kitchen. They’re actually very simple to prepare as well as satisfying, nutritious and affordable!
January 11, 2012
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Our Health Starts Here team provides suggestions for nutritious flavor combinations designed to fill you up without emptying your wallet.
January 9, 2012
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Pick up the items on our $50 Pantry Stock Up list, and you’ll be ready to add a few fresh ingredients, herbs and spices to be able to cook 14 of our favorite recipes.
January 4, 2012
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Pick up the items on our $50 Pantry Stock Up list, you’ll be ready to add a few fresh ingredients, herbs and spices to be able to cook 14 of our favorite recipes.
January 3, 2012
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From apple spice oats to mango quinoa, these recipe ideas will start your day (and your year) off on the right foot and keep your energy level high all morning…for as little as $2 per serving.
January 2, 2012
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Whether you prefer cow’s milk yogurt or a whole slew of alternatives, our vast selections contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Try these ideas for cooking with yogurt.
January 1, 2012
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Don’t drown fresh veggies in a conventional blend of sugar, overly processed oils and artificial preservatives. Learn to make your own salad dressing with these simple steps.
January 1, 2012
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If you find it difficult to make one big iron-clad promise for the New Year, consider making simple choices that count. Here are some basic healthy choices to keep in mind.
December 29, 2011
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Thanks to everyone who entered! Congratulations to our 31 winners of $50 gift cards, and our 5 grand prize winners: Emily P. of Austin, TX; Gina T. of Minnetonka, MN; Lavona Q. of Reno, NV; Kathy R. of Naperville, IL; and Janice C.

October 3, 2011
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Make a rich and satisfying combination of green and beans with this hearty sauce you can serve over whole wheat pasta or as a side dish.
August 28, 2011
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Let’s teach kids a new way to be picky. Pick whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies along with healthy proteins.
July 30, 2011
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It’s never too early to welcome your little ones into the kitchen. No matter how young or how old, an extra set of hands cantransform meal preparation into an opportunity for learning, creativity, family bonding and fun.
June 15, 2011
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Learn to cook and learn to save! Follow our Value Guru to summer savings with seasonally fresh, wallet-friendly and ultra-tasty grilled summer vegetables.
April 25, 2011
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Mild, tender and really yummy, Swiss chard is similar to spinach when it comes to taste and ease of preparation, and it’s full of good nutrition. Try these favorite Swiss chard recipes.
April 18, 2011
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From soups to salads and dips to desserts, black beans’ quality plant protein, dietary fiber, hearty texture and earthy flavor make them a filling and tasty favorite.
April 11, 2011
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With antioxidants, fiber and healthy unsaturated fats, be sure to add sunflower seeds to your meals — not just your bird feeder. Enjoy these super suggestions for sunflower seeds.
March 28, 2011
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For good “grub” and a groovy gut, ginger rules! Fresh, dried, pickled or candied, spicy, earthy ginger adds zing to these favorite recipes.
March 21, 2011
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Spring is the time to turn over a new leaf - a beautiful green, dandelion leaf – at its very best, most tender, and most delicious right now. Try these recipe ideas to add the good health and good taste of dandelion greens.
March 14, 2011
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Whether you cook dried beans, open a can or sprinkle on at the salad bar, you can’t go wrong with kidney beans. Get that plant protein and dietary fiber in our favorite recipes using kidney beans.
February 28, 2011
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White, black or brown, delicate sesame seeds are bursting with flavor. Spiff up your menus with the addition of sesame seeds.
February 21, 2011
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Cool weather months are the perfect time for cooking up nourishing soup stocks. Serve some up now and freeze some for later.
February 7, 2011
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February is American Heart Month and we’re sharing some tips for eating your way to a happy heart.
January 31, 2011
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Buckwheat is not wheat, not even a distant relative! But it is delicious, simple to prepare and packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber.
January 30, 2011
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Try boosting your menu with beans! They are a great way to eat healthy on the cheap. Check out these seven tips for cooking with beans.
January 29, 2011
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It’s never too late to commit to healthy eating, but time’s running out to win a $99 pantry makeover — enter by January 31st.
January 23, 2011
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Need creative inspiration for how to get more plant-based foods into your daily routine? We’ve got seven tips to get you through the week.
January 17, 2011
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Millet, a mildly-sweet, nutritious little grain, pleases people as well as birds! Learn how to enjoy millet’s delicate flavor in all kinds of dishes.
January 16, 2011
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Need help quickly putting together meals with healthy eating in mind? We’ve got seven timesaving tips to get you through the week.
January 14, 2011
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Read a sampling of healthy eating changes our readers plan to make in 2011, and enter your own comment for a chance to win a $99 pantry makeover.
January 10, 2011
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Whether pearled, hulled or flaked, whole grain barley makes a tasty and healthy addition to breakfast, lunch or dinner. Learn tips and recipes for boosting barley in your meals.
January 8, 2011
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A well-stocked pantry can help you put a nutritious meal on the table quickly. Learn how one of our healthy eating specialists cooks from her nutrient dense pantry.
January 3, 2011
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Eating whole grains provides nutrients that are vital for maintaining a healthy body. We share a few of our favorite whole grains and recipes to get you started.
January 2, 2011
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We’re giving away ten $99 gift cards to help stock healthier pantries in 2011. Eating healthy can be done on a budget. Let us show you how!
December 31, 2010
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Can lifestyle diseases be controlled or reversed through diet? The feature film Forks Over Knives examines that question. Watch the movie trailer and find a pre-screening event near you.
December 27, 2010
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Cultural traditions encourage eating certain foods to bring good fortune in the New Year. Find out how many of these “good luck” foods provide a wealth of good nutrition — a lucky benefit for sure!
December 22, 2010
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Before you head out over the hills and through the woods, check out our “Eating on the Holiday Go” series. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile, we’ve got suggestions to help you eat well along the way and once you arrive.
December 21, 2010
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Before you head out over the hills and through the woods, check out our “Eating on the Holiday Go” series. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile, we’ve got suggestions to help you eat well along the way and once you arrive.
December 20, 2010
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Before you head out over the hills and through the woods, check out our “Eating on the Holiday Go” series. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile, we’ve got suggestions to help you eat well along the way and once you arrive.
December 13, 2010
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Make merry with a batch of healthy, nourishing muffins — perfect for breakfast, snacks or treats, especially with a house full of holiday guests. Pull out the muffin tins for our favorite recipes and baking tips.
December 6, 2010
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Healthy Tip: don't fret the festivities! Faced with sweet and rich party fare, how are you planning to survive those holiday gatherings without sabotaging your health? Read our tips and share yours.
November 29, 2010
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Reminiscent of both licorice and anise, and looking a bit like celery, one crunchy bite tells you this is no ordinary vegetable. Learn how to add fennel to your fall menu.
November 15, 2010
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Add aromatic depth and fabulous flavor with whole spices like nutmeg, allspice, cumin, peppercorn and more. Learn how to use whole or grind fresh into our favorite “spicy” recipes.
November 8, 2010
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This holiday season don’t be caught off guard by dinner guests with specific dietary restrictions. Try our tips and recipes to help make sure all of your guests are well-fed and satisfied.
October 31, 2010
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A nourishing way to start the day, oats also add good taste and nutrition to all kinds of dishes, from soup to meatloaf and beyond. Learn some common and uncommon ways to cook with oats.
October 25, 2010
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Packed with protein, zinc, iron and antioxidants, these little green guys are the perfect garnish. From soups to pasta and more, add their sweet flavor and fun crunch to your fall meals.
October 18, 2010
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Fresh herbs are loaded with color, flavor and powerful antioxidants. From entrées to sides and dessert, aromatic thyme dresses up fall favorites.
October 11, 2010
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Remember Mary Poppins? “A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down….” Well, that’s just a spoonful. What happens when it becomes 22 spoonfuls, or worse, 34 spoonfuls? That’s right!
October 4, 2010
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Sweet and mild, garbanzo beans will enhance your dishes with flavor as well as calcium, iron, fiber and protein. Learn how to garnish with garbanzo beans.
August 16, 2010
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The kids are heading back to school, and it's time for packing up those lunchboxes. Of course, you want to pack something that's easy, portable, fresh, healthy and tasty... oh, and also something the kids will love.

August 9, 2010
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Now, I don't know about you, but one of my favorite things to do with delicious whole grain and sprouted grain breads is create an amazing sandwich!
August 2, 2010
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It’s tomato time and I am celebrating! Last night I sautéed tiny grape tomatoes in olive oil with garlic, basil, salt and pepper; then spooned it over grilled chicken and served it with steamed zucchini. I love seasonal eating.
July 18, 2010
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If you’ve decided to chill out this summer, you’re going to love my fast fun ways to serve up some serious summer snacks while keeping your kitchen cool. I’m talking about delicious dips and spreads!
July 11, 2010
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Remember the days when nut butter was just good ole peanut butter and nothing else? I sure do. It seems that nobody back then thought about making any other sort of nut butter. Well somewhere along the line, something changed. Radically!
July 4, 2010
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Nature is amazing! I love to think about the seasons of the Earth and how food grows.
July 3, 2010
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Have we got a summer treat for you! This no-cook berry crisp will save you from turning on your oven in the middle of the summer, and we bet it will be a hit with any crowd. Don’t just take our word for it though — check out the rave reviews on Raw Berry Crisp. Here’s a sample: ZieQ wrote:
“I did not have the dates but substituted with raisins and whatever raw nuts I had available. This was fabulous, easy and will become a staple in our home.”
June 27, 2010
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What would a summer garden be without basil? Pretty boring if you ask me! I love to think of fresh herbs as staples for exquisite cooking and, come summer, basil is a must-have. Its refreshing aroma and distinct flavor are loved by cooks all over the world and the popularity of pesto simply added to its appeal.
June 20, 2010
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I was a youngster the first time I had lentil soup – I’m guessing maybe 11 or 12 years old. I liked it a lot, and after that I always associated lentils with soup.
June 13, 2010
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Remember the old days when salad-style leafy greens meant lettuce and spinach and not much else? Not only were varieties not well known, they were not exactly appreciated either.
June 6, 2010
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What could be cooler than a crisp green summer salad? You know: plenty of dark leafy greens, ripe red tomatoes, purple onions, fresh herbs, cucumbers, radishes, carrots, peppers — you name it. So healthy!
May 31, 2010
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No doubt there are things in this world we either love or hate: Certain politicians, certain subjects, certain insects, certain movies or movie stars, and certain types of foods, such as garlic, coconut, t
May 17, 2010
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I remember the first time I ever tasted a radish. My mom was eating them raw with her sandwich and offered me a bite. With no warning!
May 10, 2010
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I’ve said it before: Americans love sugar. In practically everything!

May 3, 2010
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I have a lot of fond memories of really good food, and two of my greatest involve strawberries. The first came one spring day in Louisiana when my grandparents’ neighbor brought over a fresh strawberry pie.
April 26, 2010
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I love Julia Child. She cracks me up!
April 18, 2010
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Did you know that agriculture — the planting and harvesting of crops — has been around for some ten thousand years? That sure provides some context for the term “ancient grains.” Millet, by all accounts, is one of those oldies but goodies.
April 5, 2010
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Pineapple Cucumber SaladMy very first memory of moving to Hawaii was landing at the Honolulu airport, departing the plane outside and being greeted with handmade leis of Pikake and Plumeria flowers.
March 28, 2010
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rosemaryI once read that the great Charlemagne declared: “An herb is the friend of physicians and the praise of cooks.” I wonder what herbs he had at his disposal during his reign?
March 8, 2010
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adzuki_saladBeans are good for you! How many times have you heard that? Well, it's true. Beans are full of fiber, important minerals, vitamins and plant protein.
March 1, 2010
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Turmeric, an herb from the ginger family, is a powerful antioxidant and supports healthy inflammation. It's been used in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic Indian medicine for centuries.
February 1, 2010
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The first time I tasted miso soup I was 9 years old and having dinner with my family at a Japanese restaurant in San Francisco; I thought I'd a tasted a little bit of heaven and was determined to repeat the experience
January 18, 2010
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SmGreenTeaMmmmm...adding a steaming hot cup of green tea to a crazy afternoon brings its own measure of peace and tranquility, but did you know that routine consumption also brings an easy, comforting boost of beneficial phytochemicals and powerful antioxidants?
January 11, 2010
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Have you noticed that everyone is putting out lists of Top Ten This and Top Ten That? I was feeling a bit left out so I decided to use my soapbox here to share my Top Ten Must-Have Foods.
January 4, 2010
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2010 Need some help kicking your New Year into gear? I'm not as big on resolutions (which can seem kind of lofty and unattainable) as I am on lifestyle changes. Here are some of the ones I recommend to all of my new clients to get them off to a good start.

December 20, 2009
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airplane2 With Christmas and New Year's just around the corner, many of us will be packing our bags and heading off to celebrate. Unfortunately, most airports, train stations and roadside stops offer the standard American junk-food fare. The good news is you can bring your own food!
November 9, 2009
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mexcocoa Today's quiz: Which common culinary spice brings feelings of cozy warmth and fills the kitchen with its sweet aroma while baking? Here's a hint: No apple pie would dare be caught without it. If you guessed cinnamon, you'd get an A!
November 2, 2009
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Let's face it: The holiday season can be pretty stressful. There's shopping, working, gift buying, crowds, family stress and all of that "special" food! At best, it can feel overwhelming. At worst, completely out of control. What to do?

September 14, 2009
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SmGreenTeaOkay, let's be clear right off the bat: I like a good cup of coffee. But unfortunately, it doesn't like me back. I'm super caffeine sensitive, darn it! I like tea and chocolate too, but even these I have to moderate. Caffeine comes in other forms too - sodas, energy drinks, supplements and medications.

August 10, 2009
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Fusilli PastaI say "tomato," my dad says "tamater," but no matter how you say it, these precious fruits have got one thing going for them that just about everybody knows how to say: lycopene. You've heard of it, I'm sure.
July 27, 2009
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PeppersSummer is prime season for all kinds of peppers. Hot, mild or sweet, you can find all the colors of the rainbow! Peppers are usually separated into those that have capsaicin - the heat component - and those that do not. Hot, Hot, Hot
July 13, 2009
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MintHot weather brings cooling herbs and the "coolest" by far is fresh mint. If you planted some in your garden this year, it's probably going crazy growing about now!
July 6, 2009
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Biking Did you know that over 50% of adults in the U.S. don't get regular physical exercise? Yep, so says the CDC. If you aren't exercising, I guess you can take some small comfort in knowing that you aren't alone. But better than that, get off your duff and do a little something!
June 29, 2009
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I'm a blueberry lover and every spring my love affair gets a little more serious! Luckily, blueberries are packed with nutrition and I don't have to moderate my affection for them.
June 8, 2009
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Fruit Kabobs Summer is the perfect time to lighten up your diet and eat healthier. I can't think of a sweeter way to do that than with fruit! It tastes great and adds variety and natural sweetness to your diet.
May 25, 2009
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Remember to look for "live" food (it will say so on the package) and try to eat a variety of such foods in order to get different strains. Fermented foods are loaded with beneficial bacteria.
May 18, 2009
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I am often asked for good ways to improve one’s diet. One of my top suggestions is to eliminate overly processed oils and damaged hydrogenated fats. One great way to do that is to make your own salad dressing.
April 13, 2009
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Guide to GrainsTwo years ago for my birthday, my friend Margaret gave me a cookbook called The Splendid Grain by Rebecca Wood. And, oh, what a splendid gift! I have used it and referred to it many times.
April 6, 2009
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Eggs I eat eggs. Just this morning I made them Greek-style, scrambled with feta cheese, grape tomatoes, oregano and olive oil. Accompanied by my favorite sprouted whole grain bread, this is probably my most satisfying breakfast...ever!
March 31, 2009
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Seasonal Allergies Here's your chance to discover the top easy-to-adopt lifestyle recommendations for dealing with and finding relief from allergies. Includes research-based natural approaches that work, as well as personal accounts of what's been helpful over the years.
March 23, 2009
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Brazilian Style Collard GreensI was born in the south and grew up with a mother who was a true southern cook - and that meant plenty of greens like collards, mustard and beet greens.
March 16, 2009
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No, I did not change my name just so I could write with a level of authority on this subject! I guess you could say that going to a nutritionist named Sugar is like going to a dentist named Payne. Funny how life works. But this isn't about me.