The new Whole Foods Market’s ready-to-eat cuisine features an ample array of choices for every dietary preference and need.
All items on the hot food bar and the fresh greens bar cost $8.99 a pound. A well curated olive bar offers olives and various accompaniments for $10.99 a pound.
Try the Keto breakfast frittata — made with eggs, cheddar cheese, pork, spaghetti squash, sage, salt, microbial enzymes and organic black pepper. Another excellent choice for those following the Keto diet is the broccoli bacon fajitas, made with red, green and yellow bell peppers and red onions, seasoned with cilantro, chili powder and cumin. The pear salad with quinoa provides a delicious accompaniment to those dishes.
Those adhering to a Paleo diet will be pleased with the selections, including kale and garlic egg muffins and a series of Hawaiian-themed options, such as Kailua chicken, Musuki flower organic rice, and macaroni and cheese, a popular side dish in the islands, as well as other hot selections. Vegans have a lot of dishes to choose from, including hot food items such as teriyaki daikon, Asian selections, vegan Bangkok tofu and a host of salads.
On a hot summer day, nothing says fresh and satiating better than an organic love berry salad made with strawberries, blueberries, fennel, hemp seed, pumpkin seed, raw cacao, mint, onion and basil, tossed in balsamic vinegar and sunflower and virgin olive oil.
Possible sides to accompany an entrée or salad include fresh and grilled fruits or a baked medley of fresh potatoes and carrots of all varieties.
The store also offers a charcuterie, a chef’s case, soup wells, various types of pizza, including cauliflower crusted pizzas, a taco bar, rotisserie chickens, Kikki sushi, a deli offering interesting sandwiches and an impressive selection of prepared food items, including organic meal kits from Hak’s. Prices for those items vary. Whole Foods has a policy prohibiting hydrogenated fats, high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners, and its attention to nutrition and its commitment to offer customers a wide selection and follow sustainability practices are all principles that attracted Cesar Hes, prepared foods manager, to work at the store.
“We’re the first Whole Foods to offer so many organic selections in our hot food bar,” Hes said. “Our green to-go boxes are 100 percent recyclable, and all of our other products are compostable. We care about the planet, our Mother Earth.”