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Win a Healthy Pantry Makeover

By Rebecca Joerres, January 2, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Rebecca Joerres

To celebrate the New Year, we’re giving away ten $99 gift cards to help stock healthier pantries in 2011. Why? Because eating healthy can be done on a budget, and we’re going to show ten winners how! Each of the ten winners will be chosen at random from the comments below. Each winner will receive a $99 gift card, a list of suggested products, and will be put in touch with one of our Healthy Eating Specialists.

Our Healthy Eating Specialists are well versed in our Health Starts Here program and can help guide a shopping trip, suggest recipes and give cooking tips, or simply answer your questions about making healthier choices when it comes to food. We’ll notify the winner by email during the first week of February to let them know how to get their gift card, and how to get in touch with a Healthy Eating Specialist at their local store. The $99 gift card will cover your shelf-stable basics for stocking a healthier pantry. You'll need to shop for some of them two or three times a month, depending on how many people you are cooking for. Then, once or twice a week, you’ll shop for perishables and specific recipe ingredients. So tell us, what healthy eating changes do you plan to make in 2011? Where do you find your motivation and inspiration?  We want to hear it all! Share a bit about your approach to healthy eating in the comments below by January 31st for a chance to win.




Den says ...
Drink more water!!!
01/02/2011 5:15:48 AM CST
Heather Low Choy says ...
2011 is year of the plant at my casa. As of yesterday I've switched to an entirely plant-based diet, as per Engine 2 and Eat to Live.
01/02/2011 5:23:19 AM CST
K says ...
As women age, I've read that they can face hormonal changes that can be helped by broccoli/cruciferous veggies and by avoiding soy. Broccoli has several other benefits, too, which is why I'll be adding more of it to my diet as well as continuing to buy new Chino Valley Ranchers soy-free eggs I just found in the Arroyo Pkwy store!
01/02/2011 5:49:44 AM CST
Heather says ...
I live alone and do not know how to cook, so at night it is much easier for me to order out or just snack for dinner. It is my goal in 2011 to make healthy meals for myself. I plan to start slow, try one new recipe a week and dedicate myself to the kitchen. I hope this can save me time and money as well as jumpstarting a healthy new year!
01/02/2011 6:46:21 AM CST
Elizabeth says ...
I *so* need a pantry makeover! I love most kinds of fruit, so I'm really good about getting my required servings in there. I try to minimize the processed foods and make a lot of ingredients on my own.
01/02/2011 6:54:03 AM CST
Pam Fenton says ...
After school, marriage, and children I'd found my shopping habits to have gravitated more toward "time-saving" strategies. Saving time isn't always the healthier and/or wiser route. So, I've found myself returning to past routines: making yogurt, baking bread, (observing new salads and ideas) cooking more grains and beans, limiting the proteins, but increasing the variety by research and experimenting, and shopping more for seasonal products, regardless of availability. These changes have proven to be more economical, enlightening, and healthier for my mind and body.
01/02/2011 7:21:25 AM CST
Penny R says ...
I tend to live off of Lean Cuisines and would love how to pack an easy, healthy lunch for work that is easy to prepare.
01/02/2011 7:26:39 AM CST
Marilyn says ...
Like many other people, I started a new diet on January 1, 2011. It is the Macrobiotic Diet. I'm glad that there's a Whole Foods nearby to keep me supplied with the specialty items that this diet requires.
01/02/2011 7:37:06 AM CST
Jen Kuck says ...
I'm trying to make more vegetarian meals. I'm not trying to go vegetarian or anything, I"m just trying to prove to my family that you CAN have a complete meal without meat! I also want to learn how to make use some of the healthier grains - quinoa, spelt,etc.
01/02/2011 7:46:25 AM CST
Kim says ...
This year, I'm going to make SURE I incorporate more salads and vegetables into meals. I plan my meals as far as the entree goes, but I tend to forget about side dishes until the last minute.
01/02/2011 7:52:46 AM CST
Chantal Thompson says ...
I could use a healthy pantry for me and my kids!
01/02/2011 7:59:26 AM CST
Anita says ...
Stay away from the processed foods. Drink plenty of water. Go for the green.
01/02/2011 8:13:33 AM CST
Jen says ...
This year is it all about healthy whole grains, fruits, vegetables and no processed sugar!
01/02/2011 8:22:37 AM CST
Dottie says ...
I started eating healthier in 2010 and have a good start but realize that eating and buying healthy is an ongoing process. In 2011 I would love to stock my shelves with some wonderful staples to inspire me to try out new foods and recipes and live a healthier lifestyle. I have found that regular grocery stores do not stock all the pantry supplies that it takes to reap the benefits of a true healthy diet. I look at Whole Foods as an adventure when shopping there. It's like eye candy for the aspiring cook and someone looking to change their lifestyle. My budget doesn't allow me to go crazy in the store but it is definitely a place I love, and supports the style of eating aspire to.
01/02/2011 8:25:13 AM CST
Laura Lee Kelly says ...
My two daughters both have thyroid issues so this year I'm going to learn flavorful gluten-free recipes to help them!
01/02/2011 8:25:19 AM CST
Lauri says ...
This year we will be cutting out processed foods and high fructose corn syrup from our diets. We are going eat foods that are close to the Earth. Whole foods can definitely help us revamp our pantry and get rid of the processed junk.
01/02/2011 8:26:34 AM CST
Kristie says ...
On January 1st my family and I decided to make the change to a vegetarian lifestyle. We decided this because we saw a special on processed meat and the slaughtering of animals and found some of the contents disturbing. Besides this, I have hypothyroidism and meat is on the list of foods that I should not consume. I recently just found this out. My family and I would like to shop healthier, eat healthier, and live healthier. Going to the gym is not enough to help maintain or lose weight, we needed to change our diets also. To help motivate us to make this change, we emptied out our pantry and freezer to make room for healthier groceries. We figured that if our pantry is empty, then we have to go buy food to restock. This forces us to go out and buy healthier items. Our daughter inspires us as well. She is 3 years old and we need to teach her early that healthier is better.
01/02/2011 8:28:21 AM CST
Kristine says ...
I'm starting off the new year by reading books focused on healthy eating like "Food Matters" and "Savor." Reading these books reminds me to focus my diet on whole foods and gives me some great new recipes to try!
01/02/2011 8:39:42 AM CST
Lily says ...
As a single person, I've always struggled keeping my pantry stocked with fresh veggies and fruits without having them spoil before they're gone. This year I'm resolved to find a way to plan my meals better ahead of time so I can incorporate more veggies, especially antioxidant rich dark greens and salads, and fresh fruit for snacks and breakfast boosters. I also learned last year that I'm wheat intolerant, so I look forward to experimenting with new gluten free recipes and creative ways to get my healthy whole grains without relying on whole wheat. I know Whole Foods has the quality and variety I'll need to be successful within my limited budget!
01/02/2011 8:42:26 AM CST
Evan says ...
I plan to eat less added sugar this year. I love my chocolate and cakes and brownies and usually have a pan lying around. Instead, I'm going to keep fruits and vegetables I like to grab for a quick snack when I feel a craving coming on.
01/02/2011 8:46:36 AM CST
Shannon Ditto says ...
I am so excited about getting healthy in 2011. I have put on a whopping 50 pounds from having to be on high dose steriods. This medication makes it very hard to loose weight. I decided this year was going to be different and I am making some huge changes already. I now eat mainly fresh fruits and veggies. I do eat lean chicken. I am starting to feel a big difference in the way I feel already. They only problem, is that I am not able to always buy organic and all natural produce and food because of expense. It would be great to learn new ways to eat all natural, healthy, and frugal. It is so fun and exciting creating recipes and meals with fresh organic foods. I am so excited to try out all the fresh flavors!!! Shannon
01/02/2011 8:49:00 AM CST
Gretchen says ...
I try not to eat any processed foods. I also want to know my meat is not shot up w/ antibiotics or other horrible things. The reality is, it does cost more money up front to eat this way. It makes me sad because everyone should be able to eat good foods without spending a ton of money, but sadly, that's not the case. It makes me angry that it's cheaper to buy unhealthy foods versus fruits, vegetables, etc. No wonder our country has so many health problems. With that said, I am glad that Whole Foods has some great sales & I like that they offer tips on how to get the most bang for your buck yet eat foods that are good for you. We need more of this education out there and stores like Whole Foods who do pay attention to people who have budgets but who want to eat well. I am on a budget and I am thankful that I can find some great deals at Whole Foods on "good for you" food and not break the bank.
01/02/2011 8:50:42 AM CST
Becky says ...
When I turned 30 in 2007 I determined that I would no longer “diet”, but make health and wellness a part of my lifestyle. I did not want to reach my middle age years overcome with health issues such as diabetes or high cholesterol caused by my poor food decisions and lack of exercise. Over the last four years I have lost approximately 40 pounds and ran a half marathon this last October. Daily exercise is definitely a part of my life. However, my eating habits could definitely use an overhaul. I fluctuate between eating healthy and clean for a period of time to binging on sugary/high carbohydrate processed foods. For 2011 I would like to be more disciplined about the type of foods I am putting into my body. I would like to eat healthy, clean and whole foods for the rest of my life. My motivation and inspiration comes from the numerous health and wellness blogs I follow, the numerous healthy food recipes I’ve clipped and how great I feel when I’m eating well. I’m looking forward to testing lots of recipes over the next year as I make healthy eating a part of my lifestyle.
01/02/2011 9:00:14 AM CST
Aaron Dees says ...
For 2011, I plan to re-boot my healthy eating and meal planning that has been pushed aside because of my busy/ stressful schedule. At the top of my list: more fruits and vegetables. I also plan to explore healthy vegetarian dishes more, and try to reduce the amount of fatty meat I cook with.
01/02/2011 9:01:47 AM CST
Diane says ...
I get soo inspired by the dedication of Whole Food customers I come in contact with when I visit this store. This year I'll be eating less beef and porkand more seafood. I also plan to make a switch from purchasing high-end department store cosmetics to the more natural products sold in Whole Foods.
01/02/2011 9:08:51 AM CST