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Easy Tips for the New Year: Bodacious Bulk Bins

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This week we’re exploring the power of shopping the bulk department. Healthy eating is easier (and more affordable) when you know what to look for in that aisle full of bins! Check out these 3 tips to make the most of our huge, fresh selection.

Bulk Buys

Trying out new whole grains, beans, rice, nuts or seeds? Buy just what you need in our bulk department.

Go wild with ingredients like forbidden black rice, unsweetened flaked coconut, golden flax seed and nutritional yeast. Because you’re not paying for packaging (or a full package), you can explore a new world of dried plant ingredients. Looking for inspiration? Ask our friendly Team Members about their favorites.

Pump Up the A.M.!

Cook oatmeal, farro, barley, millet, quinoa or wheat berries with almondmilk.

Whole grains and great mornings go together like spoons and bowls. We love Mighty Bowls for breakfast, and this flavorful Millet Breakfast Cereal with Mandarin Oranges and Dates. Overnight Oatmeal is simple to prepare, and Fruit and Hemp Seed Muesli is loaded with satisfying textures.

New to cooking whole grains? Here’s a handy chart for soaking times and liquid-to-grain ratios.

Get your munch on at snack time with popcorn, raw nuts, trail mix, fruit and nut bars or roasted seaweed.

Wholesome snacking is easy with these recipes on hand, starring some of our favorite ingredients from the bulk department: Popcorn Trail Mix, Oat Date Bars, Whole Grain Almond Granola with Cranberries and Pimenton Roasted Garbanzos (you can cook dried garbanzos from our bulk bins by following this simple method).

Now that you’re a bulk bin ninja, watch how to create two of our favorite recipes: Southwest Veggie Burgers and Beef, Bean and Veggie Chili with Bulgur.

Tell us: what’s your favorite ingredient to purchase in bulk, and how do you like to cook it?