Budget-Friendly Summer Side Dishes and A Whole Foods Giveaway!

It’s that time of the year – pool parties, cookouts, outside birthday parties, family picnics, grilling out with friends, and more. We are invited to different gatherings on almost a regular basis and with each new invite comes a new creative side dish we must shop for, cook, and bring to the party. It’s nice to see family and friends, but we also have to plan accordingly.

I recently met with Maria at Whole Foods again, and as always, the store was alive with activity. When we started chatting, she began thumbing through their local flyer which contained an array of easy summer recipes to make on a budget. What I really love about my visits to Whole Foods is that Maria always thinks about what recipes our readers will really love.

All of her suggestions blew me away. Here are some of our top favorite summer entertaining ideas on a budget, including a few unique pasta sides and a fun chocolate dessert!

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Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes & “Hidden” Zucchini – (estimated $3.05/serving) Serves 4

*This recipe is unique because you roast the tomatoes and then actually grate the zucchini and squash into the pasta. The tomatoes soak up the sea salt, EVOO and basil flavors, and the zucchini and squash blend right into the pasta. Guests will appreciate the extra serving of veggies you secretly added to make this a delicious side dish!

  • 6 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil, divided
  • 1/2 pound whole wheat fusilli
  • 2 zucchini or yellow squash, grated
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Preheat oven to 400°F. Arrange tomatoes on a large parchment-lined sheet tray, cut-sides up. Drizzle with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Scatter 2 tablespoons Parmesan and 2 tablespoons basil evenly over top. Roast until juicy and bubbling, about 20 minutes; set aside.Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add fusilli and cook until al dente, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Add zucchini, lemon juice, remaining 6 tablespoons Parmesan and 2 tablespoons basil. Toss to combine. Divide pasta among four plates, top with tomatoes and serve.

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Whole Foods: Ice Cream Social AND Ice Cream Sale {Today Only}

TODAY only check out this great chance to grab deals on Ice Cream!

There is an Ice Cream Social from 2pm-5pm AND Ice Cream SALE from Noon-5pm!!

Three Twins Organic Ice Cream Pints
Reg. $4.99
Sale: BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE
You Save: $4.99 on two!
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So Delicious Coconut Milk Ice Cream Pints
Reg. $6.49
Sale: BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE
You Save: $6.49 on two!

Three Twins and So Delicious will donate $1 from the sale of every pint to support the Non-GMO Project.

While supplies last. Case discounts also apply. Not combinable with any other offer. Sale valid 07/27/2013 from 12pm to 5pm at our stores in Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Princeton and Marlton, NJ.

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Whole Foods: 85% Lean Ground Beef $2.99 lb

While this isn’t a deal with Zaycon Foods it’s still a pretty good price for ground beef!

If you live near a Mid-Atlantic Whole Foods (Valid in our Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, Marlton and Princeton, New Jersey stores.) check out this deal: on 7/26 only pick up 85% Lean Ground Beef for $2.99 lb.

There are no antibiotics or hormones in the meat.

If you have been waiting for Zaycon Foods to begin offering chicken make sure you sign up to get an e-mail when they are ready!

 

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Whole Foods 7/19 – Organic Strawberries $1.99 lb

Check out this deal on Organic Strawberries!

This Friday, 7/19, at the Whole Foods in Virginia Beach (and probably every one in the Mid-Atlantic region) will have 1 pound packages of organic strawberries for $1.99 a pound.

They did let me know they received less of them then they were hoping so they will probably be out at the Virginia Beach location by mid-afternoon.

You can always call your store and confirm they are participating!

 

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Whole Foods Weekly Ad Coupon Match Ups 7/10 – 7/16

Here are the Whole Foods deals for the week of 7/10 – 7/16.

Some stores allow you to stack manufacturer coupons with store coupons (our local store in Virginia Beach does).  Many items if you buy a case you get a 10% discount.  Bring your bags for 10 cents off your order per bag.  Prices and deals will sometimes vary by store. Sales, coupon policies and available items will vary by store. Please call your store to confirm and/or check your local ad.

Don’t forget you can use Ibotta now at Whole Foods!

Here are the highlights:

Applegate Farms Organic Hot Dogs $4.99
$2 Applegate Farms Hot Dog Printable
$2.99 ea. after coupon

Jolly Llama Sorbet Pops $3.99
$1/1 Jolly Llama Printable
$2.99 ea. after coupon

Earthbound Farms Frozen Greens $2.69
$0.75/1 *Earthbound Farms Organic Produce Printable (sign up)
$1.94 ea. after coupon
*Prints as “Any” EBF product

Rice Dream Mint Pie $1.99
$1/1 Dream Printable
and $1/1 Dream Produce Whole Deal May/June
FREE ea. after coupon

Check out the complete list of deals!

Also here are some of the deals specific to the Mid-Atlantic Region (this includes my local store):

Air-Chilled Split Chicken Breast VALUE PACK: 3 LBS OR MORE $2.99lb, Reg $3.99lb

WASHINGTON STATE Rainier Cherries $5.99lb, Reg $9.99lb

Boneless New York Strip Steaks and Roasts $13.99lb, Reg $17.99lb

Wild-Caught Fresh, Whole Black Sea Bass $5.99lb, Reg $8.99lb

Center-Cut Boneless Pork Chops & Roasts $5.99lb, Reg $7.99lb

Check out all the Mid-Atlantic Deals as well!

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Save Extra Money at Whole Foods With Ibotta

I hear all the time from people “we can’t use coupons- we shop at Whole Foods.”

Here is a SIMPLE way to save if you have a smart phone- Ibotta now works at Whole Foods!

Starting today, you can redeem Ibotta Offers at Whole Foods Market by taking a picture of your receipt after checkout.  They are celebrating in two big ways:

1) $2 Whole Foods Market Bonus

Earn $2 when you buy any 4 items on one trip to Whole Foods Market.  This Bonus expires July 31st.

2) Whole Foods Market Store Extras

Bhakti Chai Ready-To-Drink 16 oz. Bottle – Iced Chai Original * Semi-Sweet * Decaf * Coffee-Blend $1.00
EVOL Foods Any variety excluding Minis – Any size package $1.00
Little Duck Organics Mighty Oats – Any variety $1.00
Enjoy Life Soft Baked Cookies Any variety – 6 oz. box $.75
CLIF Kit’s Organic Fruit & Nut Bar Any flavor – 1 bar $.50
Peace Cereal Any variety – 10 oz. box or larger $1.00
DeLallo Whole Wheat Organic Pasta Any variety – Any size $.75
Ian’s Fish Sticks Any variety – 8 oz. only $1.50
Ian’s All Natural Breaded Organic Chicken Nuggets  Any variety – 8 oz. only $1.50
Ian’s All Natural Breaded Popcorn Turkey Corn Dogs Any variety – 8 oz. only $1.50

Don’t know how Ibotta works?  Check out all the details HERE!

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Whole Foods One Day Sale: Organic Grapes Only .99/lb on June 28th!

The Whole Foods One Day Sale for Friday, July 28th is going to be for Organic Grapes and they will be only .99 per lb!

You can choose either red or green grapes.

I have confirmed that my local store in Virginia Beach will be participating.  Be sure to call ahead to your closest location and confirm they will be having the sale.

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Spring Salmon Salad Recipe (And A Whole Foods Gift Card Give Away)

There is something light and airy about springtime – you just feel a little energized, and perhaps you are Spring cleaning…out the old and in with the new. Time to re-decorate, liven up the wardrobe and freshen up the house for the summer months ahead.  Firing up the grill and lighting some tiki torches on a chilly Spring night might make for a perfect evening. I found this recipe on the Whole Foods site, and if you’re anything like me, this is definitely the time for fresh seafood and light, healthy meals.

If you have the fresh vegetable garden ready to go, this is the perfect meal for you!  If not, Whole Foods has a wide selection of some of the freshest ingredients in town – and it makes for one amazing salad. I grilled fresh Sockeye salmon that is FRESH from Whole Foods (not frozen). I’ve learned recently that some of the farm-raised seafood has high PCB levels and injected artificial colors. Here is a little bit more about why.

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Here is what you’ll need to make the perfect summer salad (and if you like olives, click on the link for additional ingredients):

  • 1 navel orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 filet of salmon, about 1 1/2 to 2 lbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots
  • Dressing
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and cut into quarters
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and cut into quarters
  • 4 cups washed baby salad greens
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and sliced
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, cut in half

Method:

In a container for marinating, zest orange and lemon. Slice orange and lemon in half and squeeze out all juice. Remove any seeds. Add juice to zest. Place salmon fillet in marinade. Cover and refrigerate for one to two hours.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine shallots, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper and rosemary. Blend for just a few seconds. Add olives (if desired) and bell peppers. Pulse until finely diced.

Heat the grill to medium-hot. Grill for about 10 minutes per inch of thickness. Turning is not necessary. Salmon is done when it turns a light pink color throughout.

In a large serving bowl, toss salad greens with cucumbers and tomatoes. Add diced vegetables from the food processor. Slice salmon fillet into small strips and decoratively lay on top of salad.

Here are a few others you might enjoy:

Super easy and basic salmon recipe – Surefire Salmon

And how about this one for entertaining? Honey Lime Slamon Kabobs

What’s even better is that Whole Foods in Virginia Beach (Hilltop area) is giving away another $25 gift certificate to one lucky Frugal Chick fan!

Wanna win it for yourself?  To enter the drawing (you can have up to 4 separate entries):

1.  Leave a comment telling me what you like about “A Frugal Chick”.

2- “Like” A Frugal Chick on Facebook.  Leave a second comment letting me know you do!

3- Follow A Frugal Chick on Twitter.  Leave a third comment letting me know you do!

4- Subscribe to A Frugal Chick’s e-mail newsletter.  Leave a fourth comment letting me know you do!

The winner will be picked on July 1st!  I will e-mail him or her and they will have 24 hours to respond.  If I don’t hear back we will pick another winner!

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Mid-Atlantic Whole Foods Stores: Buck A Burger Sale 6/14

Friday June 14th at the Mid-Atlantic Whole Foods Stores (Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, Marlton and Princeton New Jersey) they are having a Buck A Burger Sale!

“A buck a burger is far less than you’d pay at restaurants or even fast-food burger joints — and unlike most of those places, our burgers are made from beef that is Global Animal Partnership 5-Step™ Welfare rated. Plus, our beef comes from cows that were given no animal by-products in their feed, no supplemental growth hormones and no antibiotics, ever. Even better, the burger patties from our meat counter are chef-prepared and made from beef that our butchers grind fresh daily. For all of that, this sale seems like a steal!”

The flavors mentioned on the flyer are jalapeno cheddar, steakhouse, sweet onion, chipotle BBQ, bourbon BBQ and plain.

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Whole Food Weekly Ad Coupon Match Ups 5/22 – 5/28

Here are the Whole Foods deals for the week of May 22nd through May 28th.

Some stores allow you to stack manufacturer coupons with store coupons (our local store in Virginia Beach does).  Many items if you buy a case you get a 10% discount.  Bring your bags for 10 cents off your order per bag.  Prices and deals will sometimes vary by store. Sales, coupon policies and available items will vary by store. Please call your store to confirm and/or check your local ad.

Evol Burrito $2.50
$1/1 Evol Printable
$1.50 ea. after coupon

Almond Dream Ice Cream 16oz $3.99
$1/1 Dream Printable
and $1/1 Dream Produce Whole Foods Printable
$1.99 ea. after coupon

Earth Balance Peanut Butter 16oz $3.99
$1/1 Earth Balance Printable (Scroll to the bottom for link)
$2.99 ea. after coupon

Earth Friendly Parsley Plus Cleaner $2.99
$2/1 Earth Friendly Recyclebank Printable
$0.99 ea. after coupon

Check out the complete list of Whole Foods Deals!

And don’t forget about the special deals in the Virginia Beach location this weekend!

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Whole Foods Virginia Beach Deals 5/24 – 5/27 (Good Meat Sales)

I am excited when I know about Whole Foods deals enough ahead of time you can plan a trip!

These deals are only guaranteed to be at the Virginia Beach location but your local store may be having sales as well.

Here are the deals this week:

One Day Deal on Friday is their large and very yummy fruit tart, regularly $20.99 on sale for $9.99 PLUS there is a $1 off coupon in the current Whole Deal coupon book which makes it $8.99. (There are PLENTY of coupon books in the store so you can grab one when you get there.)

Also on Friday, customers can save 20% on all bottles of wine over $10. This is Friday only.

Friday (5/24) – Monday (5/27) is their big Fill the Grill Sale. Customers can save $10 on a purchase of $50 in the meat department. This includes meat from behind the counter as well as packaged meat like bacon and hot dogs and even frozen meat like chicken tenders. There will be coupons in store (they assure me there will be plenty) you can use for this deal.

Also they currently have a six-pack deal where customers buy five of their 365 condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, relish) and get a 6th one for free!

So if you have to plan your trips to Whole Foods (like so many of us do) this gives you some time to get ready!

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Recipes Using Quinoa: Part 2 (Whole Foods Give Away Coming Soon!)

Be sure to check out my first post on Recipes Using Quinoa before you read this follow up!

Another Quinoa Tip:  Maria from Whole Foods recommends you make a big pot of quinoa on a Sunday morning. You can actually make quinoa like oatmeal!  Just add a little cinnamon and/or brown sugar and mix well. You can then store the rest of the plain quinoa in an air tight container and place in the fridge for recipes later in the week.

Also, Whole Foods has this really great recipe site called Food 52 with over 3,000 recipes on the site! They have all kinds of awesome recipes you won’t want to miss.  For other recipes using quinoa, you can click here.

Another one of my favorites is a quinoa pilaf recipe: Kale & Quinoa Pilaf.

Learn more about the Quinoa Revolution– more and more people are discovering how amazing it is!

Stay tuned- we have a Whole Foods Give Away coming soon!

 

 

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Recipes Using Quinoa: A Whole Foods Adventure

I never thought I’d be able to write so much about QUINOA!  I’m excited for this 3-part blog post series.

For starters, some people are dubbing quinoa the “Superfood of 2013” – don’t take my word for it, see here. And Dr. Oz has used it in his cleansing diet, among other popular celebrities. That might be why Quinoa Cookbooks are popping up all over the place!

So what is quinoa? According to Wikipedia: Quinoa “is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. Quinoa seeds contain essential amino acids and good quantities of calcium, phosphorus, and iron.  Quinoa has a light, fluffy texture when cooked, and its mild, slightly nutty flavor makes it an alternative to white rice or couscous.”

Where is the best place to buy quinoa locally? Well, I took a trip to Whole Foods!

I walked into Whole Foods on a Sunday afternoon during their local food truck rodeo event. The whole supermarket was buzzing with savvy, health-conscious shoppers. I have never been to such a friendly store in all of Hampton Roads, honestly. It was almost a social event! There were employees giving demonstrations in the produce section, while other experts were further back in the store whipping up a new recipe and handing out samples to customers as they walked through the store. Local food trucks gathered outside in the parking lot and customers congregated with their families eating BBQ, cupcakes and more. The whole atmosphere made you want to stay there longer and mingle, chat, and learn more about healthy foods.

I had the pleasure of meeting Maria.  She is their local marketing gal and a bustling multi-tasker. She proceeded to escort me around the store and inform me of everything from trail mix to mango salsa to kale, guacamole and more. She then recommended the Quinoa section!

Almost immediately I was excited to learn more. She introduced me to the different varieties: white, red, black, and tri-colored. Quinoa is so popular right now, they were evening running low on the white. A friendly shopper beside me (whose husband plays for the Admirals hockey team) demonstrated how you actually use the machines to fill bags there.  We started talking about AFrugalChick.com and lost track of time!

Ok – back to the quinoa. At Whole Foods, you take plastic bags and fill your own portion sizes of quinoa, beans, sunflower seeds, and more by lifting a lever.  Then you grab a sticker and marker and write the item number and name of the item on the bag.  It’s simple to do and you can use the lever to gauge how much of something you’d like (just be careful not to pull too hard or the contents come pouring out into your bag)! I filled up bags of black quinoa, red quinoa, and the tri-colored quinoa. Quinoa is very “frugal-friendly” as well – I think all 3 bags of quinoa cost $10 and have made at least 5 meals at my house. Quinoa Quick Tip: For added flavor, after you rinse off your quinoa, boil in chicken stock instead of water (this came from the customer above who showed me how to use the machines).

Maria recommended lots of fantastic recipes which I am excited to share with you. These include a Quinoa Salad Recipe, Tuna Tabouli and Quinoa & Kale Pilaf. She also recommended the book below which talks about all the ways to make the items in their store. There are instructions in the manual on Quinoa as well and you can pick one up at our local Whole Foods (located in Hilltop).

CookingBasics

Here is the first recipe – Quinoa Salad. This is something Maria likes to make at home for her family!

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked quinoa

1 bunch spinach, washed and patted dry

One apple, sliced and cubed

Handful cranberries

Handful sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons feta cheese

Oil/vinegar dressing

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Prepare quinoa as directed in the “Cooking Basics” manual. Add the quinoa, spinach, apple slices, cranberries, sunflower seeds and feta together in salad. Mix well.

Add salad dressing. Enjoy!

Notes:  Maria suggested sunflowers seeds as an addition to most recipes. They are a great, crunchy addition and very healthy for you, too. You can find them in the same front section of Whole Foods near the uncooked quinoa machines.

More quinoa recipes and tips coming soon. Trust me, you’ll want to stay tuned on this one. There might even be a giveaway!

 

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Whole Foods Virginia Beach Events-February 15th – 28th

Whole Foods in Virginia Beach has a full calendar of events this month.

If you don’t live near the Whole Foods in Virginia Beach check out the one nearest you– they probably have similar events!

Here are the events for the week of February 15th through February 28th:

February 15th

11:00 am- Gluten Free Tour:  Navigating the aisles of a grocery store can be daunting if you or someone in your family has a gluten allergy, intolerance or Celiac disease. Learn where to find out gluten-free products and all about our Gluten Free Bakehouse and sample along the way.

Class is free but registration is required.

February 18th

11-11:30-Salad Bar 101:

Our organic salad bar features more than 50 items but how do you convince your fast-food-loving child to choose greens over grease? School’s out today but healthy eating specialist Cara will teach children of all ages how to build a better salad and let them taste anything they want.

Class is free but regisration is required

February 19th

11-12am- Eating with Cara:  Join us every Tuesday beginning Feb. 12th for a lesson in healthy eating with our healthy eating specialist Cara. She’ll cover a different topic each week. Feb. 12th = Got a date? Raw brownies sweetened with dates and salad with olive o’love dressing; Feb. 19th = cooking with quinoa; Feb. 26th = delicious and nutritious dips and dippers.

Class is free but space is limited, and registration is required

6:30 pm-Say Cheese: Hello? Is it Brie you’re looking for? Go on a tasting adventure around the world of cheese with our cheesemonger Tracey.

Class is free but registration is required.

February 20th

9:30-10:45-Healthy Kids Club: We are teaming up with the Jr. League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach to support their Healthy Kids Initiative by offering fun and creative ways to teach children ages 3-5 about making healthy food choices. Space is limited to 10 children per class. Babes in arms are welcome to sit with caregivers or in strollers. A $3 donation per participating child is suggested to the Jr. League and will be collected before class. Choose from 9:30-10 am and 10:15-10:45 am each Wednesday. Registration is required.

5:30-7:30-Winesday: Join us every Wednesday beginning Feb. 6th from 5:30-7:30 pm for samples of five wines and five food pairings throughout the store. There will be a different theme each week. Cost is $5, and participants must be 21 years of age or older with valid ID to participate.

February 21st

5:00-8:00 Health Starts Here Real Deal: Join our Healthy Eating Specialist Cara every Thursday in February in our prepared foods area for a Health Starts Here Meal Deal “pop up” venue featuring a different whole food, plant-based meal each week for just $5.

6:00-7:00 online Twitter Chat Food and Film: Join us for a virtual dinner as we talk about the movies. We’ll chat about our favorite food moments in film and share recipes inspired by films. Follow #wfmdish on Twitter from 6pm – 7pm CST to join the conversation.

February 23rd

11:00-12:00- Healthy Meal Planning-Want to eat healthier but not sure where to start? Join our healthy eating specialist Cara for a lesson in healthier meal planning and get on the right track to better health.

Class is free, but space is limited, and registration is required.

February 26th

11-12:00-Healthy Eating with Cora: Join us every Tuesday beginning Feb. 12th for a lesson in healthy eating with our healthy eating specialist Cara. She’ll cover a different topic each week. Feb. 12th = Got a date? Raw brownies sweetened with dates and salad with olive o’love dressing; Feb. 19th = cooking with quinoa; Feb. 26th = delicious and nutritious dips and dippers.

Class is free but space is limited, and registration is required.

February 27th

8:00 am- 9:00pm- 5% to Benefit CHKD: Shop all day on Feb. 27th and as part of our commitment to the community we will donate 5% of our net sales to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.
9:30-10:45-Healthy Kids Club: We are teaming up with the Jr. League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach to support their Healthy Kids Initiative by offering fun and creative ways to teach children ages 3-5 about making healthy food choices. Space is limited to 10 children per class. Babes in arms are welcome to sit with caregivers or in strollers. A $3 donation per participating child is suggested to the Jr. League and will be collected before class. Choose from 9:30-10 am and 10:15-10:45 am each Wednesday. Registration is required.

5:30-7:30-Winesday: Join us every Wednesday beginning Feb. 6th from 5:30-7:30 pm for samples of five wines and five food pairings throughout the store. There will be a different theme each week. Cost is $5, and participants must be 21 years of age or older with valid ID to participate.

February 28th

11:00 am- Values Tour: Learn how to get the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices. Our Values Tour covers savings strategies as well as our quality standards and core values. Free gift to everyone who participates.

Tour is free but registration is required.

5:00-8:00- Health Starts Here Real Meal Deal:  Join our Healthy Eating Specialist Cara every Thursday in February in our prepared foods area for a Health Starts Here Meal Deal “pop up” venue featuring a different whole food, plant-based meal each week for just $5.

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Whole Foods Virginia Beach: Special Lobster Sale

I just got an e-mail from Whole Foods Virginia Beach to let me know about a special sale they are having tomorrow (2/9) for a VERY limited time.

This is no fish story folks! We just found out that our frozen and previously frozen lobster tails will be on sale tomorrow for a few hours for a ridiculously low price… two for $10 while supplies last or until 1 pm. This is Sat., Feb. 9th only. They are normally $8.99/ea. Just in time for Valentine’s Day! 

Never prepared lobster before? Our fishmongers are happy to tell you how.  Just ask!

If lobster is a treat you enjoy in your house this could be a great chance to save some money!

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Whole Foods Virginia Beach- Ground Beef, Chili Meat or Burgers $3.49 lb

Every Friday Whole Foods Virginia Beach has a special.

This Friday (1/10/13) the deal is on Ground Beef, Chili Meat or Burgers!

It is on sale for $3.49 lb (reg. $4.49-$5.49/lb).

From cattle raised on a vegetarian diet; no antibiotics or added hormones ever.

Burgers anyone?

And be sure to check out the Whole Foods Virginia Beach Calendar of Events!

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Whole Foods Virginia Beach Store Sale Items 1/2 – 1/8

Below are the sale items for Whole Foods Virginia Beach from 1/2 – 1/8.

Don’t miss their exciting calendar of events as well- lots of freebies!

Here are their advertised sales this week:

Bach Rescue Remedy Gum or Spray 2 pk $17.99

California Cara Cara Oranges 4/$3

Candle Cafe Frozen Vegan Entrees $4.49 each

Goodbelly Probiotic Juice Drinks 4pk x 2.7 fl oz $2.99

In-house Made Fresh Pork Sausages $5.49 each

Nature’s All Foods Freeze Dried Organic Fruits 1.2 – 2.5 oz packages $5.99

Mexico Avocados $1.00 each

Oikos Organic Fat Free Greek Yogurts 4/$5

Orgain Organic ready-to-drink meal replacement Regular 4 pk $11.99

Ready-to-Cook Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes $6.99 each

USA Boneless Beef Sirloin Steak (raised on 100% vegetarian diet) $8.99

Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery (Sea Salt and Maple Cultured Butter) $3.50

Washington State Organic Fuji Apples $1.99 lb

Washington State Organic Red, Green or Lacinato Kale $1.99 bunch

Zevia Soda (12 oz 6 pk) $4.99

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Whole Foods Virginia Beach Events 1/1 – 1/15

Whole Foods Virginia Beach has an exciting calendar of events planned for January 2013.  They are located at 1800 Laskin Road in Virginia Beach and it’s an experience just to go and visit.

If you want to talk to their experts about food, wine, beer, diet or more they have a slew of events available to give you a hand.

Here are the events for January 1st through January 15, 2013:

January 1st

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.- Free Allergo Coffee- to celebrate the New Year they are giving away free small Allegro coffees all day on The Porch.  One per customer please.

January 3rd

6:30 p.m.- Beer School- Join Dan Yarnell on “The Porch” every Thursday to sample and learn about different beers for $5.  Must be 21 years old or older with valid ID.

January 5th

11 a.m.- Intro to 14 Day Blast Off- FREE- Learn about the 14 day online healthy eating challenge with their Healthy Eating Specialist.  Registration required by calling customer service at 757-422-0444 or e-mail VABevents@wholefoods.com.  Please put the event name and date in the subject line.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.- Healthy Tastes Good Sampling Event- FREE

4 p.m. to 7 p.m.- Support your local brewery FREE- Join them on the porch with representatives from O’Connor Brewing Company to learn about and taste their locally made beers.

January 8th

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.- Healthy Tastes Good: Healthy Eating with Cara (Healthy Eating Specialist) Breakfast lessons. Registration required by calling customer service at 757-422-0444 or e-mail VABevents@wholefoods.com.  Please put the event name and date in the subject line.

1 p.m.- Values Tour- FREE- Learn how to get the highest quality products at the lowest prices.  The Values Tour will cover savings strategies as well as their quality standards and core values.  Registration required by calling customer service at 757-422-0444 or e-mail VABevents@wholefoods.com.  Please put the event name and date in the subject line.

6:30 p.m.- Say Cheese!- FREE- Go on a tasting adventure as you sample cheeses from around the world.  Registration required by calling customer service at 757-422-0444 or e-mail VABevents@wholefoods.com.  Please put the event name and date in the subject line.

January 9th

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.- Winesday- Sample and learn about 5 different wines with different pairings for just $5.  A different topic will be presented each week.

January 10th

1 p.m.- Intro to 14 Day Blast Off- FREE- Learn about the 14 day online healthy eating challenge with their Healthy Eating Specialist.  Registration required by calling customer service at 757-422-0444 or e-mail VABevents@wholefoods.com.  Please put the event name and date in the subject line.

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.- Free Allergo Coffee- to celebrate the New Year they are giving away free small Allegro coffees all day on The Porch.  One per customer please.

January 11th

11 a.m.- Gluten Free Tour- FREE- Learn about the Whole Foods gluten free products and all the Gluten Free Bakehouse.  Registration required by calling customer service at 757-422-0444 or e-mail VABevents@wholefoods.com.  Please put the event name and date in the subject line.

January 12th

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.- Taste Our Quality Sampling Event- FREE

January 13th

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.- Food Truck Rodeo- celebrate food trucks in Hampton Roads and public media.  Grab a bite from the local food trucks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the east parking lot.  10% of food truck sales will be donated to WHRO/WHRV.

January 15th

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.- Healthy Tastes Good: Healthy Eating with Cara (Healthy Eating Specialist) Lunch lessons. Registration required by calling customer service at 757-422-0444 or e-mail VABevents@wholefoods.com.  Please put the event name and date in the subject line.

6:30 p.m.- Say Cheese!- FREE- Go on a tasting adventure as you sample cheeses from around the world.  Registration required by calling customer service at 757-422-0444 or e-mail VABevents@wholefoods.com.  Please put the event name and date in the subject line.

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Whole Foods Virginia Beach Events 11/24 – 11/30

Whole Foods in Virginia Beach has a full calendar of events to help you celebrate the holidays!

If you don’t live near the Whole Foods in Virginia Beach check out the one nearest you– they probably have similar events!

Here are the events for the week of November 24th through November 30th:

November 27th

– 11 a.m. Value Tour: Learn how to get the highest quality products at the lowest prices.  This tour covers savings strategies and quality standards.  Sampling included.  Pre-registration is required by calling 757-422-07444 or e-mailing vabevents@wholefoods.com.  Please put event name and date in the subject line.  FREE

– 6:30 p.m. Say Cheese!: Go on a tasting adventure and sample cheese from all over the world.   Pre-registration is required by calling 757-422-07444 or e-mailing vabevents@wholefoods.com.  Please put event name and date in the subject line.  FREE

November 28th

– 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Hanukkah Tasting: From traditional latkes and kugel to beef brisket, come in and sample some of their delicious Hanukkah favorites.  FREE

– 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Winesday: Join them in the pub every Wednesday to sample and learn about five different wines for $5.  A different topic will be presented each week.  Tickets are available on site only for $5.

November 29th

– 11 a.m. Health Starts Here Tour: Meet the Healthy Eating Specialist, Cara and learn how some simple changes in your diet can offer the greatest health benefits.  You will learn to navigate the store to find the most nutrient dense foods and will walk away with some recipes and even a few samples.   Pre-registration is required by calling 757-422-07444 or e-mailing vabevents@wholefoods.com.  Please put event name and date in the subject line.  FREE

– 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Beer School: Join them i the pub every Thursday to sample and learn about different beers.  A different topic will be presented every week.  Tickets are available on-site only for $5.

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Whole Foods Virginia Beach Events 11/16 – 11/23

Whole Foods in Virginia Beach has a whole calendar of events (many FREE) where you can sample their great foods, learn some cooking and shopping skills or just have a great time!

If you don’t live near Virginia Beach check out the Whole Foods near you- they probably have similar events!

These are the events for the week of November 16th through November 23rd:

November 22nd

– Happy Thanksgiving!  Whole Foods is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

November 23rd

– Free 8 oz cup of coffee from the Coffee Bar (limit 1 per customer)

With all the Thanksgiving shopping they don’t have time for many events- but that free coffee will be helpful with Black Friday Shopping!

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