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August 3, 2015
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With a few simple steps and tasty vegan recipes, you can plan a delicious meal with a variety of healthy, plant-based foods that will leave you feeling refreshed and well nourished.
July 27, 2015
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Each summer I give thanks to the watermelon. It’s a summertime gift from nature, delicious on its own or in beverages, soups, salads, salsas, mains, desserts and even condiments.
July 23, 2015
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Now is the time to eat all the fresh tomatoes, peppers, summer squash, eggplant and stone fruits you can. Their fragrant flavors are at their peak right now, which means you should use them in a wide variety of ways.
July 22, 2015
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It’s hard for my kids to slow down in the summer, even when it comes time to eat. That’s why I try to keep a wide variety of snack foods at the ready, so we can keep going with the fun!
July 21, 2015
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Want a genius tip for summer?

Keep a pitcher of one of these naturally flavored infused waters in your fridge all season long. It’s a healthier hydration choice than soda and so fancy you’ll feel like every sip is a special treat. Plus they’re a clever (and gorgeous!) way to use the trimmings from summer’s fresh fruits, veggies and herbs.

Here’s how easy they are to make.

Cucumber + Lemon + Parsley

July 20, 2015
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When it comes to berries, I lose my boundaries. While berries are wonderful in fruit salads, smoothies and muffins, I want to show you how awesome they are in salads, sauces, salsas, and summer desserts.
July 16, 2015
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It can be hard to remember to stay hydrated when your day is filled with fun, but luckily these fruity drinks make it easy for us to stop for a minute and grab a straw.
July 15, 2015
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Savvy Summer Skincare

Summer fun has begun! Longer days give us more time in the yard, at the park, on the trail and in the water. Whether your plan is to relax or play hard, or maybe a little of both, be sure to be smart about skin care.

July 13, 2015
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I get excited thinking about earthy-sweet and crunchy, hot buttered corn on the cob. But I don’t stop there. Corn also makes a wonderful addition to soups, salads, salsas, baked goods, casseroles and more.
July 9, 2015
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Beat the heat this summer and embrace chilly soups, salads, and other no-cook favorites for dinner.
July 8, 2015
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Are you looking for healthier tastier choices at mealtime this summer? I’ve put together a roundup of family-friendly recipes that include better-for-you takes on favorites such tacos, sloppy Joes and ice cream.
July 7, 2015
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Big flavor and simple preparation are what I love about grilled fish. True, there are a few pitfalls to watch out: Sticking, flaking and overcooking among them. However, the good news is that following a few basic rules can make grilled fish a quick, easy, totally delicious summer standby.
July 6, 2015
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A pluot is a remarkably sweet juicy stone fruit that combines the best qualities of plums and apricots. And now is the time to enjoy them!
July 1, 2015
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When it comes to potlucks and other summer gatherings, I tend to gravitate toward the salads. Sure, whatever’s on the grill might be the main attraction, but filling my plate with leafy green-, grain- and fruit-based salads means I won’t be experiencing potluck regret later on.
June 29, 2015
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Sweet juicy plums are delicious in beverages, appetizers, salads and desserts. They’re wonderful grilled, sautéed, poached, baked or broiled. Experiment by swapping them out for other stone fruits such as peaches, nectarines, cherries and apricots in your favorite recipes.
June 26, 2015
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However you celebrate America’s Independence Day, whether it’s participating in a parade or just waving from the sidelines, hosting a backyard barbeque or picnicking in the park to watch fireworks, food is usually a big part of the party. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite recipes that are fun to serve on the Fourth of July.
June 25, 2015
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Plan a summer filled with homegrown adventures to reconnect with the kids and feel more deeply rooted in your community. Get started with ideas for frugal fun inspired by Whole Kids Foundation’s mission to support healthy families.
June 24, 2015
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Move over mustard. Catch ya’ later ketchup. It’s time to get adventurous with hot dog toppings. Caramelized onions? Queso? Guacamole? You bet!
June 24, 2015
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From top-your-own-pizzas and burger bars to kabob stations to ice cream sundae stands, everyone wins. Guests get to choose what they like and hosts get more time to mingle (and eat, drink, and relax)!
June 23, 2015
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You don’t have to settle for summer standards like ketchup, mustard and mayo right out of the jar. Better burgers, hotter hotdogs and tastier sandwiches are just a dollop or squiggle away. Try these simple tricks to elevate the flavor of store-bought condiments, or get really crafty with outstanding recipes for making a few classics from scratch.
June 22, 2015
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Perfectly ripe peaches are exquisite, adding charm and flavor to cold summer soups and beverages, salads, salsas, snacks and desserts. Have you tried peaches on the grill? Now is the time!
June 19, 2015
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With inquisitive kids underfoot in the summer, they might as well give you a hand in the kitchen! Getting them active in the kitchen may seem like a bit of work up front, but the payoff is well worth it. We have a few recommendations and delicious recipes to get you and your little one off to a good start.
June 17, 2015
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Summer is a great time to widen your workout options. Of course, it’s easier to be adventurous when you have the right tools. That’s why Whole Foods Market® is pleased to release our Ready for Action summer survival kit on June 27th. Hurry! It’s only available for a limited time while supplies last.
June 15, 2015
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Nectarines have a smooth skin, juicy flesh, delicate aroma and sweet-tart flavor. And now is the time to experiment with them in salads, salsas, grain dishes, appetizers, desserts, dips, sauces, and beverages!
June 14, 2015
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What’s the deal with beer growlers? That’s what we recently asked Brewmaster Dave Ohmer of Whole Foods Market Brewing Company at our Post Oak store in Houston, Texas. With more than 13 years of experience in the craft brewing industry, Dave shared his best growler tips.
June 13, 2015
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This Father’s Day make dad proud. From steaks and king crab legs to pints and grooming products, our gift guide is full of wow-worthy ideas. After all, doesn’t he have enough neckties?
June 13, 2015
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Crisp and refreshing or earthy and flavorful, it’s no wonder that beer has been a mainstay of summer cookouts and parties. In recent years beer has experienced resurgence in popularity, thanks to new craft beers and innovative cocktail recipes.
June 12, 2015
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There’s nothing like a cold beer on a hot day! But what makes a beer well-suited to lazy summer days by the beach or BBQ grill? We asked Brewmaster Dave Ohmer of Whole Foods Market® Brewing Company for some recommendations on summer suds.
June 9, 2015
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Summer’s hot weather and long evenings practically beg for a fresh take on cocktails. So grab a pitcher, a frosted glass or a plastic tumbler and let’s mix up a batch of delicious.
June 8, 2015
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The beauty of the kabob lies in its versatility. Whatever meat, veggie or fruit suits your taste, it has a place on a skewer. Plus, older kids can help thread kabobs. And after grilling, everyone can dip to his or her heart’s content. Sticks and dips — it’s a winning combination!
June 6, 2015
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Many of us are familiar with grilling late summer vegetables such as corn, peppers and zucchini, but I hope you kicked off grilling season with spring vegetables such as carrots, spring onions, peas in the pod and kale.
June 5, 2015
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Don’t think of vegan recipes as only salads — there’s a wide variety of flavors and textures to explore. From dips and sauces to main dishes and desserts, there’s something to please every palate.
June 3, 2015
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It’s the time of year when irresistibly fresh, colorful vegetables naturally take up more room on the plate. I’m obsessed with summer produce, perusing recipes and thinking up new ways to serve it. Here are some of the recipes I find most appealing for both dedicated vegan eating or just for a change-up from the usual.
June 2, 2015
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Try out a variety of summer vegetables for your best grilling season ever.
June 1, 2015
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Fresh apricots have a mild, sweet aroma and are fabulous grilled, sautéed, poached, baked, broiled or glazed.
May 28, 2015
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Our meat is from animals raised to high standards that address antibiotic use, added hormones, animal byproducts in feed and animal welfare.
May 25, 2015
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Versatile potato salads are one of summer’s staple dishes. So if you haven’t experimented beyond the basic recipe, now is the time!
May 22, 2015
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Thanks to naturally gluten-free berries, cherries, melons, and more, you can enjoy the sweet tastes of the summer, even if you’re avoiding gluten.
May 21, 2015
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Was your first experience with sunless tanner not a particularly sunny one. Never fear! Sunless tanners have come a long way. For a sun-kissed glow without the harmful rays, read the product instructions carefully and follow these four simple tips.
May 20, 2015
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Raise a toast laid-back summer entertaining with a big pitcher of something cold and colorful, slightly sweet but thoroughly refreshing, preferably with fruit floating in it. Besides prettying up your party, the beauty of big-batch drinks means everyone (even the host) can sit back and enjoy. So what’s the secret to a good party punch? Here are a few tips, tricks and recipes.
May 18, 2015
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Pasta salads are fun, versatile and portable, making them ideal for summer gatherings. With a wide range of pastas made from a variety of whole grains, including gluten-free options, there’s something for everyone.
May 15, 2015
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Beyond Meat Beast Burgers

Summer celebrations often include platters of grilled meats, tiered cakes, ice cream treats, bowls of chips and dips, and heaping helpings of potato salad. While these seasonal classics are delightful, they’re not a longed-for sight if you’re vegan.

May 9, 2015
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School Gardens | Whole Kids Foundation

When the kids are away, the garden weeds will splay!

One of the biggest issues of maintaining a school garden is that it often goes untended during the summer, wasting the great efforts of spring and becoming a mess for fall growing.

May 8, 2015
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It’s only May, but I know the steamy temperatures and sun-filled days aren’t long off. And along with those days are the intense cravings for sweet treats that help us cool down. No matter how you like to beat the heat, I have delicious dairy-free recipes to help you do it.
May 6, 2015
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Even though the official start of summer isn’t for another month, to me Memorial Day means the start of summer, getting together with friends and enjoying the season’s bounty. Here are a few of my favorite tips, ideas and recipes for your Memorial Day gathering.
May 5, 2015
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Grilling is the ultimate summer cooking experience, but no matter how many times you’ve hit the grill in recent memory, we bet a little refresher is in order before the season really gets underway. Here are our top five rules for the grill.
May 2, 2015
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Do you love the outdoors, but find that bugs and mosquitos love you more? Fortunately, nature and her beneficial botanicals, almost always provides a solution.
April 30, 2015
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Hello summer! Hello adventures! Here are our packing essentials for outdoor meals, day trips and weekend getaways.
June 25, 2014
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There’s so much fun to be had when you’re using the red, white, and blue in your desserts. Especially in summertime when sweet fruits and berries are at their finest, naturally patriotic-themed desserts are just begging to be made.
May 28, 2013
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Blueberries

When berry season begins in earnest, I feel like I’ve won the culinary lottery. Berries – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries – are the perfect adornment for a bowl of oatmeal and make excellent afternoon snacks, but do you know how to handle this summertime windfall?

May 22, 2013
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Whether you’re hosting pool parties or sleepovers this summer, you’re going to need snacks that can be made by the double or triple batch.