Whole Foods Market Health Starts Here Program Gift Card Giveaway *Closed*

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Are you looking to eat healthy in 2013?  Whole Foods Market is here to help you stick to your New Years resolution while staying on budget!

I met with Cara, the healthy eating specialist, to discuss the Whole Foods Market Health Starts Here Program.  If you’re shopping in the Virginia Beach location, make sure to check the end-cap for their Health Starts Here display.  You’ll find recipe cards, books and healthy food options to help you with your healthy eating goals.

Whole Foods Health Starts Here Display

The Health Starts Here Program focuses on plant based meals and is salt and oil free.  Most of the recipes are Vegan, but Cara was able to help me adjust the recipes (when needed) to suit my families preferences.

Right now, you will find the Meals for Four Under $15 Recipe Booklet which is part of the Health Starts Here Program.  This booklet is only found in-store, and I would highly recommend picking it up.  There are great recipes for every day of the week already priced to be under $15.  Money-savvy individuals will be able to make these healthy and delicious recipes for even less!!


I made the Mole Chili from the Meals for Four Under $15 Recipe Booklet and spent under $7 (for organic!) in addition to the cost of avocados and bunk bin cornmeal to make the Avocado Fries.  My fresh cilantro is still in the refrigerator to be used in more meals this week.

PLUS the Mole Chili fed my family 2 dinners and a lunch – for well under $15!

Vegetable Penne with Sausage Recipe

I also made the Whole Foods Market Vegetable Penne with Sausage and Balsamic Vinegar Recipe.  This dish is absolutely fabulous!  It’s colorful, healthy and packed full of fresh veggies and great flavor. I spent a bit more for this dish since I needed to purchase several fresh vegetables and sausage.  The biggest expense ($5.41) was the fresh Garlic and Basil Pork Sausage.  However, purchasing the sausage fresh saved money and is totally worth the expense.

My family has already requested that both dishes be added to our Menu Plan again soon.

Cara has 3 Healthy Eating Tours this month. She is friendly, knowledgeable and also has tips to help you save money while eating healthy.  Visit her January 15th, 22nd or 29th at 11am. You can see more Whole Foods Market Virginian Beach Events here.

Eat healthy and save money in 2013 at Whole Foods Market!


The Giveaway: Whole Foods Market is offering (2) $25 Whole Foods Gift Cards to help you eat healthy!

The winners will be selected at random.  The winners will be contacted via email after the close of the giveaway. The winners will have 48 hours to respond to my email or a new winner will be selected. Entry for this giveaway will close on January 22nd at 8pm EST.

**Leave a separate comment for each entry method!  Mandatory entry MUST be completed.

Mandatory Entry Method:

Leave a comment here telling me your healthy go-to weeknight recipe.

Extra Entry Methods:

– Like Whole Foods Virginian Beach on Facebook.  Leave a comment telling me you Like.
– Like The Coupon Challenge on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me you Like.
– Follow @CouponChallenge on Twitter.  Leave a comment telling me you Follow.
– Follow @WholeFoodsVAB on Twitter. Leave a comment telling me you Follow.
– Subscribe via email feed (must be verified). Leave a comment letting me know you subscribe.
– Blog, post in your facebook status, or tweet about this giveaway. Leave a comment telling me how you’ve spread the word about the Whole Foods Market $25 Gift Card Giveaway. (You may choose 1 or all 3 methods)
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Disclosure:  I received a Whole Foods Gift Card to purchase ingredients for the recipes above.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from others.


  1. Kim Shipley says

    My healthy go to easy dinner simply a salad with fresh veggies, seeds, nuts and a homemade blueberry vinagrette dressing. I also “Liked” Whole Food of VA Beach and Coupon Challenge

  2. Suzanne Deleon says

    My family loves for me to make a whole wheat pasta with garlic, capers, lemon zest and low fat parmesean cheese and a salad on the side! It is healthy, quick and oh so yummy!

  3. Joy says

    Since both kids are off to college and its just my husband and I, I just like simple bruschetta with mozzarella, tomato and basil under the broiler for dinner with a nice glass of wine…..very quick and simple.

  4. Suzanne Deleon says

  5. Annie says

    We eat healthy more often than not but a quick and cheap meal that my family enjoys is steamed veggies and quinoa wrapped in nori sheets. I liked both of you on facebook.

  6. Aida Prybylski says

    I make wraps. They are easy and quick to make and my girls have fun helping me prepare them.

  7. Tambre McClenny says

    My go to healthy meal is clean eating taco salad.
    1 lb. ground turkey meat (the leaner the better)
    garlic powder
    chili powder
    Can of Rotel
    Can of Black Beans (drain)
    Can or bag of corn kernels (drain)
    Salt and pepper to taste

    All the other ingredients
    Avocado – sliced or mashed
    Lettuce – I used spring mix from Trader Joe’s
    Fresh Salsa – chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, handful of cilantro
    Chips – I used the tortilla chips from Trader Joe’s.

    Step 1 – Cook meat till done. Add in can of Rotel, black beans, & corn. Season for taste.
    Step 2 – Prepare all other ingredients.
    Step 3 – Layer all the ingredients on your plate and serve.

  8. Aida Prybylski says

    I have subscribed via email, followed both Twitter links and Liked both on Facebook. I also shared your status on my profile. I hope it was ok to post all in one post. Less reading you will have to do and I hope this will save you some time.

  9. Rhiannon says

    Healthy “breakfast” for dinner is a go-to for my daughter & me. Scrambled or over-easy eggs with sauteed asparagus in particular. If I have time, I will fix quinoa w/ shallots and mushrooms, top with a fried egg and serve with asparagus. Crustless quiches are quick & easy as well, and my 8 year old will eat em up, especially with goat cheese! It’s an easy way to pack in veggies.

  10. Tambre McClenny says

    Done – posted in FB and TWEETED about this giveaway. Leave a comment telling me how you’ve spread the word about the Whole Foods Market $25 Gift Card Giveaway.

  11. kristin says

    I “liked” the coupon challenge FB page and this page! I´m headed for WF now to shop for the week. I´m excited to try the new recipes.

  12. Hanan says

    My go to healthy weeknight meal is spaghetti squash (which I microwave) with a creamy mushroom and bacon sauce which I make with low fat cream cheese.
    I already like Whole Foods Virginia Beach on Facebook.
    I just liked the Coupon Challenge on Facebook.

  13. Jen says

    Our go to dinner is Turkey chili with a homemade spice blend..we usually throw in any leftover vegetables from the fridge to bulk it up!

    I also already like whole foods vb on Facebook and follow on Twitter!

  14. christine jessamine says

    my healthy go to recipe is something fast with fish such as doing lemon fish with zuchini in the oven, its really fast and healthy

  15. Rosie says

    I often have a healthy salad with about 5 ounces of meat such as chicken, beef, etc., slices in the salad – all kinds of lettuce, veggies, grains, beans, lentils, beets & other root veggies nuts, seeds – for dressing I like unrefined oils such as olive, walnut, grapeseed and various vinegars. I’m very fond of all kinds of vinegars!!! Something different every day!! And I like to eat it with flatbreads I make from whole grains and seeds, sometimes fresh herbs from the garden.

  16. Phyllis says

    For these warm nights in winter I keep frozen Vegan veggie burgers on hand for a quick grill with grilled veggies and a side of crispy celery, peppers, carrots. In other words the veggie crisper is cleaned out and I’m ready to shop again!

  17. Kimberly A. says

    My favorite healthy weekend recipe is meat (any) with quiona and veggies. I like to add fresh herbs too!

  18. Alycia M says

    I make a very simple wholegrain pasta with fresh basil, tomatoes, EVOO and garlic. We eat it at least once a week.

    acartwrightmorell at gmail dot com

  19. Anne Knox says

    My weeknight go to easy healthy recipe would be a salad with chicken and lots of veggies mixed in. Every night I put in different combinations of veggies, nuts and fruits too! It makes it interesting!

  20. shannon S says

    I already ‘like’ whole foods as well as coupon challenge. My healthy go to meal is crockpot chicken cooked in salsa and shredded. We put them in whole grain flat outs or whole grain pitas. YUM! Toppings of your choice.

  21. Christina Karr says

    I liked whole foods would love card we have 3 people that have to eat gf and heard its great there!

  22. Dawn Emde says

    I do not have healthy go to meals, that’s why I started shopping @ Whole Foods to get into the habit. I am trying recipes from India since they are colorful & tasty, and WF carries almost all the spices I need to make the dishes!

  23. says

    My go to healthy recipe is chicken veggie bowls. I slice organic chicken breast and cook it on medium heat until done with a little bit of basil and lemon juice. Then I find a combination of veggies (usually whatever is in the fridge) my most favorite being Asparagus, cherry tomatoes, green beans, and diced portabella mushroom. I cook them on medium high heat in a little bit of olive oil and garlic. This meal takes only 15-20 minutes to prepare from start to finish! We actually just had it for dinner last night! :)

  24. Kimberly Karbo says

    My go to weeknight healthy meal is usually boneless skinless chicken breasts with seasonings such as organic minced garlic, cayenne, pepper, garlic and onion powder, and sauteed lemon-garlic spinach and brown rice. :) Me and my boyfriend love to go to whole foods but especially for their seafood section…OMG! I also do salmon alot instead of chicken when I want to switch it up and that is cooked in the oven.

  25. BrendaG says

    My goto is my blender to make a healthy liquid meal that consist of spinach, avocado, banana, almond butter, almond milk then I’ll switch it up with other fruits that are either fresh or frozen such as berries, melons, etc. Sometimes I’ll make one with pink grapefruit! Yum… I think my blender is calling me now…gotta go, thanks!

  26. Annmarie W. says

    My go-to quick but healthy meal is chicken & green bean & red pepper stir fry over rice.

  27. Shar says

    Go to recipes are usually large chef or taco salads. We also do meatless Mexican meals with black or pinto beans.

  28. Renee Propster Caffee says

    While I am vegetarian, I only force it on my family once a week. 😉 We have Meatless Monday. This week it was Steamed broccoli, corn, and carrotts served over pasta with garlic sauce and Rudi’s vegan bread.

  29. LeAnn says

    My go to healthy weeknight meal is baked ziti. I always have whole wheat noodles on hand (couponing) and I add whatever spagetti sauce I have (also from couponing) and I just sprinkle with some mozzarella cheese and bake at 350 for about 25 minutes. Everyone in the house loves this dish:-), I also like VB Whole Foods on Facebook.

  30. Ttrockwood says

    My favorite quick healthy meal is a tofu veggie scramble ontop of a whole grain english muffin

  31. Rachel M says

    My healthy go to weeknight recipe is a black bean salad: 1 can Eden black beans with 1 cubed avocado, 3oz shredded cheese, minced 1/2 small onion, fresh lime juice and CILANTRO (like an entire bunch of cilantro) served cold <3

  32. Wild Orchid says

    We have a taco night with lean beef and lots of veggies. Easy and healthy!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  33. says

    I always keep salad fixin’s on hand. This way, I can just cook up a chicken breast or salmon and top the salad. Protein and Veggies in a snap!

  34. Melody Embuscado says

    Mine is shrimp tossed vinegarette salad with mushrooms, tomatos, lettuce, and cucumbers n a side of wild rice chicken

  35. Monique Rizzo says

  36. Audra says

    Easy stir fry!! I just gather up any fresh veggies I have cut em’ up and toss them in a pan and fry them up in a small amount of extra virgin olive oil. I serve it up with quinoa. Mmmm!!!

  37. MaryR says

    My healthy weeknight recipe is ground turkey taco’s. 1 lb ground turkey with a package of taco seasoning. Soft or crunchy taco shells, lettuce, tomato, pico de gallo, low fat cheese and sour cream….yummm!

  38. Susan Broughton says

    I usually go to a salad for a weeknight healthy recipe. Then I choose various proteins according to what I have on hand

  39. says

  40. Susan Broughton says

    I find when I need a healthy meal I go to a salad. either romaine or spinach is good

  41. Jennifer says

    Mine is steamed veggies. I can just chop up or unthaw what I’m in the mood for, and then just quickly steam it up for a warm, delicious meal.

  42. says

    In 2013 is the year we start eating healthier, and a $25 Whole Foods gift card helps!

    Thank you… Single Dad Danny


  43. Em Darr says

    We like to make eggplant “steaks” with some grilled or stir fried veggies and some brown rice…it is easy, tasty and hardy!

  44. Tammy Greer says

    I like making a big salad with mixed greens, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, sunflower seeds, and broiled chicken breast strips. I like to use either fat free thousand island dressing or low fat raspberry dressing.

  45. Solducky says

    I always keep hard cooked eggs on hand so we will do those with fresh fruit and veggies and nuts. Kind of a sampler platter kind of thing, but filling and fast.
    soluckyducky at gmail dot com

  46. Alisha says

    I would Eat a Mixed Greens Salad with apples, pecans, cranberries, Chicken, Almonds, Tomatoes, Avocado, Green Onions, Red onions, and of course raspberry vinaigrette.

  47. Michelle Tucker says

    Once a week we usually have an all salad night, regular salad and fruit salad.
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

  48. Michelle Tucker says

    Like Whole Foods Virginian Beach on Facebook
    Michelle Tucker (iiiyadirf)
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

  49. Michelle Tucker says

    Like The Coupon Challenge on Facebook
    Michelle Tucker (iiiyadirf)
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

  50. crystal allen says

    i like to fix a romaine lettuce salad with low fat cheese, low fat ranch and a few chicken fajita strips on it. thanks clallen at ntin dot net

  51. Lyndsey R. says

    The like The Coupon Challenge on FB as Lyndsey Rullman.

    Lyndsey.rullman at hotmail dot com

  52. Sylvie W says

    During the week I don’t take the time to eat salad so on the weekends I make a big salad for dinner with romaine, tomato, chicken breast and a light cheese. I indulge my inner mooooo and happily graze.

  53. Claire McKeon says

    My healthy go to recipe is sweeet potato hash with chicken apple sausage and a poached egg on top! Delicious!

  54. Rosie says

    Salad with everything good. A protein (chicken, tofu, lean strips of beef), several veggies from peppers to broccoli, tomatoes also beans, nuts, seeds, fruits often add strawberries, dried fruits, fresh herbs, with a dressing of unrefined oil (olive, walnut, grapeseed, pistachio, hazelnut) and vinegar. I adore gourmet vinegars and Whole Foods has a tremendous selection.

  55. Cynthia Hagood says

    we have breakfast for dinner, plain and simple, scrambled eggs, toast, and fresh fruits with oatmeal. We love it since we are so busy we do not have time to have breakfast

  56. barbara wright says

    When I’m in a hurry, I make a crockpot bean soup with whatever combination of dried beans I have in the pantry. Then when I get home, it’s ready to eat! Much healthier than stopping at McDonalds on my way home.

  57. barbara wright says

    I Like Whole Foods Virginian Beach on Facebook – barbara wright

    Oops – I just noticed it was supposed to be a RECIPE. I don’t have one. I soak 2 cups of random beans in water overnight. The next morning, I add a ham hock, a can of tomatoes, and 2 quarts of water. That’s it

  58. Tiffany Schilling says

    Turkey tacos is our healthy weeknight recipe.

    I liked Whole foods and The Coupon Challenge on facebook

  59. Michelle L says

  60. Margary says

    Weekdays are busy for us so I like to use my crock pot for weeknight dinners. Our family favorite is pot roast with carrots and potatoes.

    – 1 2-3 lb chuck roast
    – 1lb bag of carrots cut into pieces
    – 2.5lbs red potatoes fined
    – 1 cup beef broth or water
    – salt, pepper, garlic powder

    Place carrots and potatoes in bottom of crock pot.
    Place roast on top of vegetables.
    Pour broth or water into crock pot.
    Add seasonings to taste.
    Cover pot with lid and set on high for about 6-8 hours. (The longer it cooks the more tender it will become.)

    Voila! You now have a simple and healthy delicious weeknight meal!

  61. Vicki D. says

    I grill chicken pieces or tenders. I put them on top of a big salad. Top with whatever kind of dressing you prefer. This is a great, easy, fast, and healthy dinner.

  62. Aaron Bretveld says

    I pretty much always have whole wheat pasta and jarred sauce on hand. I’m sure I could do better but paired with a green salad it is a pretty healthy meal.

  63. Carole Ingram says

  64. Brian E. says

    Thanks for the giveaway…our healthy go-to weeknight recipe would have to be grilled chicken breasts, brown rice, & stir-fried broccoli & red peppers.

  65. Katie says

    I enjoy making a parchment packet with chicken, veggies and a sauce that I make with Laughing Cow cheese. It’s pretty awesome. :)