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A Big, Beautiful Sale, Plus the Limited Edition Beauty Bag You Need

By Whole Story Editors, March 16, 2018  |  More Posts by Whole Story Editors

Updated March 13, 2018

Calling all natural beauties! We're having a sale that can't be missed: all things beauty are 25% off from March 21 through March 27.* This is the time to stock up on your favorite facial cleaners and moisturizers, cosmetics, shampoo, nail polishes and more.


Trusted, Tried, True

What makes buying beauty products at Whole Foods Market different? We carefully evaluate each and every beauty product we sell, and we've banned 100+ ingredients and counting, including parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde donors, microbeads and EDTA. Plus, we don't sell products that have been tested on animals. Learn more about our high standards.  


Get This Bag! 

In addition to the sale, there are more savings to nab — though do it fast! Starting Friday, March 23 grab a limited edition handcrafted bag stuffed with beauty favorites like a mud mask, mascaras, lipstick, bronzer and more — a $100 value for just $20**. Warning: These will sell out fast. 
This one-of-a-kind curated bag includes many of our beauty favorites:
Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel | 3 fl oz
A makeup bag essential! The gentle, alcohol-free aloe vera formula makes this a favorite go-to toner for refreshing skin on the run.
Trilogy Rosehip Oil, Light Blend | 5 ml
An easily absorbed, lightweight seed oil blend to balance and nourish for radiant skin.
Weleda Skin Food | .34 fl oz
Moisturize dry, rough skin from head to toe with a hydrating blend of botanical extracts and a thick, rich base of oils and beeswax.
Mineral Fusion Bronzer Duo Luster | .29 oz
Add a touch of sun-kissed warmth to your complexion with a silky, easy-to-blend bronzer featuring pomegranate, red tea, white tea, plus vitamins C and E.
Mineral Fusion Mini Volumizing Mascara in Jet | .13 fl oz
Gentle mineral formula applies easily and defines each lash without clumps, flakes or smudges.
Satva Headband
A soft, comfy headband made from organic cotton or recycled polyester, upcycled from clothing production.
W3LL People Expressionist Mini Mascara in Pro Black | .12 oz
Enhance lash length and volume with a pro-grade botanical formula that nourishes without clumping or smudging. A unique cascade shape brush precisely separates hard-to-reach lashes.
Acure Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub | 1 fl oz
A scrub for all skin types - sea kelp, French green clay and lemon peel gently cleanse and exfoliate without stripping away moisture.
Alba Hawaiian Detox Warming Mud Mask | .30 oz
This naturally warming mud mask softens and primes pores for deep down cleaning. Ideal for skin that's oily or prone to blackheads.
Andalou Naturals Hyaluronic DMAE Lift & Firm Cream | .14 oz
Fruit stem cells, resveratrol CoQ10, DMAE and hyaluronic acid combine to support lifted, firmer skin and a rejuvenated complexion.
Burt's Bees Brimming Berry Lipstick | .12 oz
A bright jewel-toned berry in a creamy texture and smooth satin finish, and packed with moisturizing ingredients.
Derma E SunKissAlba Radiant Glow Face Oil | .13 fl oz
Moisturize skin and give it an unforgettable glow with this combination of jojoba, argan and seabuckthorn oils blended with a brilliant touch of mica.
Dr. Hauschka Lip Care Stick | .17 oz
Soften, soothe and smooth dry lips with candelilla and carnauba waxes and moisturizing sweet almond and apricot kernel oils.
evanhealy Rose Cleansing Milk | 1 fl oz
A creamy cleanser for all skin types. Plant oils, plant hydrosols, gotu kola and white kaolin clay leave skin feeling clean, relaxed and refreshed.
Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes | 10 ct
Remove makeup and cleanse skin anytime, anywhere, with coconut water infused towelettes. Papaya revives skin and removes dead cells while aloe vera and calendula soothe and calm.
Piece & Co. Organic-Cotton Bag
Piece & Co. empowers skilled artisans by providing employment for thousands of women and positively impacting communities and children worldwide, piece by piece. This beauty bag was handcrafted in India using organic cotton and traditional techniques, including jacquard weaving and hand-tasseling. 
Remember, quantities of this beauty bag are very limited — shop today and grab it while you can!
*Valid 3/21-3/27/18. While supplies last. Not valid at Whole Foods Market 365™ stores. No rain checks. 
** Valid 3/23-3/27/18. Limit one per customer while supplies last. Cannot be combined with any other discount. No rain checks. U.S. only.
Categories: Whole Body

6 Mediterranean-Inspired Recipes for Spring

By Whole Story Editors, March 13, 2018  |  More Posts by Whole Story Editors

Recipe: Chilled Barley Salad with Spicy Hummus Dressing

Whether you're making a casual meal or entertaining a crowd, the best spring recipes highlight fresh seasonal ingredients with ease. That's why we're hooked on CAVA dips and spreads. Cooking is as simple as grabbing your favorite spring ingredients — think asparagus, sugar snap peas, haricots verts and radishes — and pairing with a bold flavorful dip and spread like CAVA's Traditional or Spicy Hummus, tangy, creamy Crazy Feta or fiery Harissa spread. 
You can whip up Spicy Hummus Toast with Sliced Radishes and Sliced Cucumbers in a snap for a savory breakfast or lunch, set out a colorful and quick appetizer with CAVA's Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and fresh veggies; or you can spice up shrimp with a harissa marinade for a simple dinner go-to. More good news: CAVA's dip and spreads (like all foods in our stores) are made without artificial preservatives and are vegetarian — and most are vegan too. Read on for some of our favorite dishes with CAVA dips and spreads.
Chilled Barley Salad with Spicy Hummus Dressing
Swap out your usual pasta salad recipe for this spring-veggie-laden, barley-studded alternative. CAVA's Spicy Hummus lends a kick, while lemon zest and fresh parsley amp things up even more. This salad's a cinch to make ahead for potlucks and picnics.
Lemon and Dill Salmon Burgers with Avocado Tzatziki
Salmon, fresh dill, lemon juice, CAVA's Tzatziki and an avocado spread come together for a new take on burger night. Bonus: If it's still chilly where you are, no problem. These are pan-seared - no grill required.
Asparagus Tart with Crazy Feta and Tzatziki Drizzle
This recipe makes the most of one of spring's superstars — asparagus. With CAVA's creamy Crazy Feta baked in and a drizzle of refreshing tzatziki on top, this simple, delicately spicy tart is equally suited for a quick weeknight dinner or a Sunday brunch.
Crazy Feta Toast with Roasted Beets and Chives
The deep earthiness of roasted beets partners with the creamy tang of Crazy Feta dip. Add bite with fresh lemon zest and a sprinkle of chives, and voila! A dish that's as flavorful as it is beautiful.  
Rainbow Grain Bowl with Pan-Seared Halloumi and Turmeric-Tahini Dressing
This easy-to-make grain bowl pairs colorful seasonal picks like radishes and heirloom carrots with faro, millet, arugula and halloumi cheese. CAVA's light and creamy Eggplant & Roasted Red Pepper Dip and a turmeric-tahini dressing tie it all together.
Planning a party? Check out this hummus hack for Lox Bagel Hummus, which features smoked salmon, pickled onion, cucumber, a poached egg and fresh dill.

It Started With Three First-Generation Greeks

CAVA started in a chef's kitchen, with three first-generation Greeks who took their families' recipes and gave them a modern spin. After many years of hard work — and a Whole Foods Market Local Producer Loan — founders Ted Xenohristos, Ike Grigoropoulos and Dimitri Moshovitis continue to drive the company forward while keeping its culinary roots intact. 
CAVA produces its dips and spreads daily in small batches in Washington, DC, and Culver City, California though you can find them at select Whole Foods Market stores across the country. CAVA also has nearly 50 fast-casual restaurant locations across the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Southern California and beyond. 
Categories: Food & Recipes

5 Irish-inspired Recipes to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

By Ellen Miller, March 12, 2018  |  More Posts by Ellen Miller

Updated March 12, 2018

Photo: @AlexandraCooks

Whether you're of Irish decent or not, you can celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Irish American and Irish-inspired recipes. Looking for a new spin on the tried-and true? We can help with that. We're sharing fresh takes on St. Patrick's Day flavors from four food bloggers and one of our own favorites too. 

Tradition with a Twist

Classic Irish Soda Bread recipe is pretty spare — baking soda, flour, buttermilk and salt — and that’s it. Most of us here in the U.S. are probably more familiar with the Americanized version, which typically adds sugar, eggs, butter and raisins or caraway seeds. Alexandra Stafford, the writer behind the blog Alexandra's Kitchen, has developed a recipe that’s somewhere in the middle. She dresses up the original version — just a little — with an egg, a little bit of sugar and a couple of tablespoons of melted butter. The result? A warm, delicious (somewhat biscuit-y) Irish Soda Bread that’s not (too) sweet and is begging for a bit of butter. 


Photo: @theskinnyfork

If you’re all about easy set-it-and-forget-it dinners, check out Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage from Amanda Plott, the Austin-based home cook and blogger behind The Skinny Fork. According to Amanda, you can lighten up the dish by trimming the fat off your corned beef before tossing it into your slow-cooker — the water and steam heat will keep the meat perfectly moist. Try it with Wellshire Corned Beef Brisket, which is on sale for $6.99 per lb from 3/14 - 3/20/18* and made without synthetic nitrates or nitrites.


Photo: Rocky Mountain Cooking

Heather Blake, a Colorado realtor by day and a food blogger by night, re-imagined the traditional Irish American dinner as a crisp Corned Beef and Cabbage Salad with sliced corned beef, shredded cabbage, cubed cheese and an apple cider vinegar dressing. Try it for a festive lunch. Bonus: Organic green cabbage is on sale for .99¢ lb. from 3/14 - 3/20/18*. 

Photo: @amysheree

Amy Sheree, the food stylist and photographer behind AmySheree.com came up with something to make for breakfast on St. Patrick’s Day — or even a handy solution for all those leftovers on the 18th. A poached egg and cubed sweet potato are all you need to turn last night’s dinner into Corned Beef Breakfast Hash.


Can’t imagine your St. Patrick’s Day without a glass of your favorite creamy stout? Get holiday ready with our sale on Guinness Irish Draught Stout — 4 packs of 12-fl.oz. cans are 20% off from 3/14 - 3/20/18*. Just be sure to save two cups for Chocolate Stout Cake with Fresh Figs, a spicy chocolate-y cake. Molly Siegler, our global culinary and hospitality associate coordinator, likes this rich dessert with a little whipped cream.

If you're planning on serving up traditional fare, check out our recipe for Corned Beef and Cabbage. We've also got a classic recipe for Bangers and Mash, plus a sale on North Country Smokehouse Irish Banger Pork Sausages for $3.99 for 12 oz from 3/14 - 3/20/18*.

Looking for more savings this St. Patrick's Day? You're in luck. Save $4 per lb on creamy Kerrygold Kilaree Aged Cheddar also from 3/14 - 3/20/18*.

* Valid 3/14 - 3/20/18. While supplies last. Not valid at Whole Foods Market 365™ stores. U.S. only. No rain checks. Excludes grass fed, organic and cooked corned beef brisket. Guinness sale price not legally available in all stores.
Categories: Food & Recipes

Sweet and Saucy: Fruit Salsas for Spring Fish Dishes

By Alice K. Thompson, March 12, 2018  |  More Posts by Alice K. Thompson

RecipeHalibut Fillet with Citrus Salsa and Asparagus

Fresh, bright and just a little unexpected: Fruit salsas are a highly recommended addition to spring seafood meals. The natural sweetness and tang of fruit blends beautifully with fish, and its moisture adds succulence to simple cooking techniques like baking and pan-searing. Salsas are generally no-cook and easy to prepare ahead, making them convenient for both weeknight meals and entertaining. And even simple white fillets look festive and enticing when crowned with colorful fruit salsa.
Bonus: From 3/14 - 3/20/18, sustainably wild-caught fresh Pacific rockfish fillets are on sale for $6.99 lb., and Champagne mangoes are on sale — get 5 for $5.

Anatomy of Fruit Salsas

Making a salsa with fruit may seem exotic, but a few simple ingredients and a few minutes of chopping is all you need to put one together. Keep the following four elements in mind and improvisation is easy: 
Fruit base: Citrus, berries, melons, mangoes, pineapple, papaya, kiwi and starfruit are great spring choices. Dice them finely for a delicate salsa, or leave them in larger chucks for a more rustic one.
Acid boost: A touch of lime, lemon or vinegar ramps up the flavor. Use more or less depending on the natural acidity of your fruit.
Heat and punch: Chiles like jalapeño and serrano are salsa standards, though you can try removing the chile's seeds and pith to better control the heat level first. Or leave them out for a milder sauce. Minced onion, shallot or garlic will act as a foil to your fruit's sweetness to anchor your salsa firmly in the savory category.
Elegant herbs: A green note from cilantro, mint, chives, basil or other herbs gives salsas a freshness that's ideal for light spring meals. Add herbs as close to serving as possible for the most impact and to avoid any discoloration. 
Add salt to taste, and you'll have a fruit salsa to pair with just about any fish or shellfish. Read on for inspiration and easy recipes. 

6 Simple Fish-and-Salsa Recipes

  1. Halibut Fillet with Citrus Salsa and Asparagus is a terrific stovetop recipe that combines seasonal citrus with succulent halibut and spring asparagus. Chilean sea bass, striped bass or cod can be substituted for halibut.
  2. Strawberries are a spring favorite, and Baked Salmon with Spinach and Strawberry Salsa pairs them with jewel-like kiwifruit and adds mint for seasonal freshness. This recipe calls for no added salt, but a sprinkling of flaky sea salt on the fish and over the salsa would be a good addition for a little crunch. 
  3. Grilled Red Snapper with Strawberry and Avocado Salsa also features strawberries, but using blueberries in this recipe would be terrific as well. If outdoor grilling isn't an option, you can use an indoor grill pan to cook the snapper, or pan-sear it in a little oil. 
  4. This simple Baked Salmon with Warm Mango Salsa can be ready in 30 minutes, making it convenient for weeknight meals. Swordfish, tuna or other meaty fish would work well in place of salmon.
  5. Halibut with Watermelon Salsa calls for grilling the fish, but halibut's firm texture makes it easy to cook any number of ways, from pan-searing to baking. Feel free to swap in another favorite melon for the salsa, if you like.
  6. And finally, Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Salsa makes a super-flavorful and light weeknight meal. You could also marinate chunks of cooked firm white fish such as cod or Chilean sea bass instead of shrimp for the ceviche-style filling.
* Valid 3/14 - 3/20/18. While supplies last. Not valid at Whole Foods Market 365™ stores. U.S. only. No rain checks. Excludes cooked rockfish and organic Champagne mangoes.
Categories: Seafood, Food & Recipes

Looking for More Than 3.14 Ways to Celebrate National Pi Day?

By John Stewart, March 12, 2018  |  More Posts by John Stewart
Life is full of cool coincidences. Like how pi and pie sound exactly the same, differ by just one letter and owe their existence to circles. So what better day than National Pi Day, March 14 to take $3.14 off any Large Bakery Pie*, any flavor? (FYI, our pies are as pure as, well, π: we never allow artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives in any of the foods we sell, and we only use cage-free eggs in our own kitchens and bakehouses.)
On the same day, while grabbing your pie(s), grab a cup of Allegro® coffee from our coffee bar and do good — for every cup you buy, Allegro will donate $1 to Whole Planet Foundation®, a Whole Foods Market foundation that funds poverty alleviation around the world through microcredit.

5 Ways to Get Your Pi(e) on

Start with the raw berry recipe — it's perfect with spring berries right now. Bookmark the others for your summer and fall baking pleasure.
Little known chia seed super power: they make pie fillings extra creamy. Keep it cool - this dairy-free beauty requires no baking.
Wrap crusts around sweet summer fruit like peaches, nectarines, strawberries or cherries, then dust with cookie crumbs. I'll take 3.14, please.
Hit all the right notes — rich, silky, smooth — in this yummy vegan version.
Use sweet blackberries, raspberries and blueberries at their summer juiciest for this pretty as a pie pie.
Bake fresh cherries to bubbly perfection and watch as your pie quickly disappears.
*Offer valid 3/14/18. Excludes half Bakery pies and pie slices. While supplies last. No rain checks. Valid at select Whole Foods Market 365 locations.
Categories: Food & Recipes, #foodholiday