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Win a Basket of Summer Pantry Favorites

Summertime is the perfect time for easy meals and snacks. A well-stocked pantry can help you feed the crew and get back to the pool, hammock or great summer book more quickly. And when that pantry is stocked with tasty options that are free of artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners and hydrogenated fats, you’ve got it made in the shade. This basket is a collection of a few of our favorite healthy snacks and staples so that you’ll be covered when the stomachs in your house start rumbling. For a chance to win this basket, enter a comment by July 26th telling us what pantry-based concoction you like to whip up for a quick meal or snack in the summer. One winner will be selected at random to receive our Summer Pantry Favorites Basket, a $100 value, plus a $50 gift card for you to pick up fresh fruits and veggies or other pantry basics. Here’s what you’ll find in the basket:
  • Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Chips
  • Zico Natural Coconut Water
  • 2 Justin's Classic Organic Peanut Butter Packets
  • Eden Organic Cannellini White Kidney Beans (no salt added)
  • Eden Organic Black Soy Beans (no salt added)
  • 365 Everyday Value Organic Smooth Almond Butter
  • 365 Everyday Value Smooth Cashew Butter
  • 365 Everyday Value Strawberry Fruit Spread
  • 365 Everyday Value Pitted Dates
  • 365 Everyday Value Organic Turkish Apricots
  • 365 Everyday Value Organic Almonds
  • 365 Everyday Value Fruit & Nut Trail Mix
  • 365 Everyday Value Organic Walnuts
  • Seeds of Change Persia Seven Whole Grain Pilaf Blend
  • Seeds of Change Velleron French-Style Herb Whole Grain Blend
  • Tru Roots Organic Chia Seeds
Make sure to leave a comment telling us about your best summer pantry-based meal or snack by July 26th for a chance to win our Summer Pantry Favorites!

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diane anderson says …

Strawberries and chocolate balsamic vinegar! YUMMMM....

Skyla Langston says …

I never win anything, but I sure would love to win this!!!!!! Whole foods is my favorite place in the whole wide world to go!

Heather says …

I want to win this :)

Bobbie says …

Pita chips with hummus or blackbean dip and salsa are my staples for a quick go to snack.

Sherrice says …

Picnic in the park

,diane stieber says …

,I keeps granola, nuts, dried food in my pantry..lots of great snacks at wholefoods

Jen Benson says …

I love plain kefir, a really ripe banana, frozen mango chunks in the blender...voila! Tropical smoothie , good for a small meal or snack and very refreshing!!!

Terri Lynn Merritts says …

Summer is so hot, we all want refreshing foods. That is the time to go to the beautiful Whole Foods produce department and stock up on shredded iceberg lettuce, apples, peaches, plums, nectarines, mangoes,watermelon, cantaloupe, and berries, then head over to other departments for nuts and soy yogurt. That way, I can slice and dice the fruit, toss it with the lettuce, add nuts like walnuts, peanuts, and pecans, then dress the whole thing with fruity soy yogurt. It makes a nutritious filling light dinner and keeps the kitchen cool because it requires no cooking!

hari says …

almond butter on organic crackers......yum!

Terri Blahut says …

If I sould win this basket I see a lot of heathy cooking by my best friend the fabulous home chef and a lot of healthy eating by me.

kel mcnichol says …

I love summer, even though the heat can be overwhelming, nothing beats grilling everything. I love to grill chicken, all veggies, make a smoked pesto and then assemble it all over fresh baby spinach ..and drizzle just a little vinagrette. So good...my mouth waters just thinking about it!

Connie Edwards says …

A large bowl of multi-bean, multi-grain salad dressed lightly makes a wonderful take along for lunches or picnics.

john carrabino says …

fruit is the best

kath says …

I add all different nuts &/or seeds to my veggie stir fry & salads - this creates many different combo's of quick dinners - esp since fresh local kale, swiss chard & tons of other veggies can go in both the stir fry & salads. as far as a snack while doing serious hiking - nothing beats the coconut water and nuts & dried fruit!

Rosemary says …

Easy pasta (filling & always have pre-cooked just rinse / drain daily to keep for 1-week or more) Decide sweet (fruits -fresh or dried &honey/balsamic) or savory (veggies olive oil & garlic) for add-ins and meal is complete.

Audrey says …

A can of black beans can be easily jazzed up with your favorite spices and dried herbs like cumin, garlic, onion, chilis, cilantro. Don't forget a dash of hot sauce. You can add a can of sweet corn if you want. Eat this warm over some kind of grain like quinoa, rice or bulgar or make it a dip to eat with tortilla chips.

Kathie says …

I like to make a 3 bean salad with red onion, garlic, balsamic vinegar, stevia and salt and pepper. Quick and easy.

Rachel says …

Pasta tossed with veggies from the garden (aka, the outdoor pantry!). :)

mollyb says …

Frozen watermeon in the blender with a little sprinkle of sugar, squeeze of lime, & dash of cardamom.

MA says …

I love Plockys with red beans and rice tortilla chips with hummus and cholula. I have the hardest time finding these chips though. A lot of times they're sold out!

Joanna Rudd says …

I use Whole Foods organic walnuts for my pesto made with the hydroponic basil or organic cilantro. I use them constantly in my banana nut muffins. I must have canned organic black beans for my spicy black bean soup. Garbanzos canned make great hummus.

Mrs. Kingsbury says …

All of the food at Whole Foods is delicious!! What ever you choose will be a great winner!!

Veronika says …

I love to use fresh mangoes and make a salsa, which is delicious with fish. Usually I finely chop mango, jalapeno pepper, half of an onion, tomatoes, cucumber, cilantro. Add some honey, rice vinegar, salt and pepper. Yum.........

Karen says …

Chicken pasta salad is one of my favorites.

Meg says …

this is what i am lovin' this summer- fish tacos! soooo good. here is the link to the recipe: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/1490... top with some edamame guacamole... and it must be enjoyed with an adult beverage! add some vodka to this- watch out! http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/2948

Amanda says …

Carrots with hummus - so good and healthy!

Teresa Wyman says …

I will use the black beans and trail mix for my favorite summer cold salad. Use the crackers and eat with my favorite peanut butter or cheese spread. I will even have a picnic and enjoy all my snacks.

Tammy Darling says …

I keep the fixings for smores in my pantry all summer. The kids love them!

Annette H says …

Our favorite summer dip is dill with fresh dill and chives right from the garden.

Hillmaier says …

Did yo know that healthy food can taste so good. •365 Everyday Value Smooth Cashew Butter •365 Everyday Value Strawberry Fruit Spread •365 Everyday Value Pitted Dates •365 Everyday Value Organic Turkish Apricots lets go shopping ...and ad a baguett.

Holly Young says …

I keep a few bottles of organic lemon juice on hand in the pantry and an open bottle in the fridge. A little lemon juice, evaporated cane juice crystals, Stevia, or maple syrup, water and ice can make a tasty batch of ice cold lemonade in the VitaMix. I sub out ice for frozen seasonal fruit when the mood hits me. Sometimes I omit the ice all together and pour directly into popsicle trays, which go into the freezer for a tasty snack a few hours later.... also good for making spur of the moment lemon sorbet....

Lisa Bowling says …

I like something easy without a lot of fuss. My favorite snack is pretzel crips with cheese (cheddar, Gouda, fontina, it doesn't matter).

Patrick says …

A basket of tasty snacks. YUM!

nicole villasin says …

i love the combination of fruit and cheese! I think a very easy snack is to combine a piece of dried apricot on a whole wheat cracker along with a slice of mozzarella cheese (preferably the boconccini - small balls - cut in half).

Weiwei says …

I love having kimbap (korean sushi) for lunch or dinner. Favorite sushi ingredient combination include Sesame oiled brown rice with avocado and cucumber. Simple, smooth, and delicious.

April Leah says …

One of my favorite snacks is to take dates, chop them up, add some almonds, and top them over soy yogurt. Then drizzle some almond or peanut butter on top (preferably Justin's). It's vegan and delicious.

candiss wilson says …

Our favorite go-to snack in the summer is rice cakes with peanut butter long with some type of nuts. Our grandchildren love rice cakes, plain or with peanut butter, as well as any type of nut, but their favorites are honey roasted peanuts and pistachios. I feel good when we have this snack, which is quite often, as I know they are getting pretty good nutrition from the pantry!

Julie A. Kiggins says …

I love shopping at your store and would try all the items in the basket and also share them with friends. Thanks a lot for your generosity!

MELISSA G says …

We keep homemade trail mix on hand with our favorite dried fruits and nuts...great to grab'n go for car trips, the park, or zoo.

Jennifer says …

Never tried Zico coconut water so hopefully this will give me an excuse!

Ryan says …

Puree lentils (red lentils - well cooked works best) with crushed tomatoes, onions, roasted garlic, fresh basil oregano salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar. Put over pasta, spaghetti squash, rice or my fav: quinoa and add some TVP (textured vegetable protein for additional vegan protein boost(love WFM Bulk Section - obviously)! Pureed lentil makes a great, wholesome alternative to any sauce.

S.Jensen says …

I would make a peanut butter and dried apricot sandwich.

KC Ore says …

Nuts, nuts, nuts and dates. great anytime snack. Add to yogurt or bake some great nut bread.

Yoshimi says …

My best friend in pantry is Trail Mix and Fruit & Nut Mixes! A quick & healthy snack with guilt attached :)

Diane Wexler says …

Home made hummus with nuts and pita chips, yummy :)

Rachel Neff says …

I love dried apricots!

Adrienne Gordon says …

I love wheat thins and hummus.

dana welch says …

Sliced russet potato soup with fresh kale, sweet onions and garlic. Delicious and full of vitamins. Add fresh tomatoes for more zing.

Kevin Alvesteffer says …

You are the best!

Phoenix says …

Dried peaches or apricots mixed with almonds & pumpkin seeds.

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