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Remembering the Best of Whole Living Magazine on Our Blog

Whole Living Magazine January February 2013 IssueThe last printed issue of Whole Living magazine is in our hands, but we’re not letting go so easily. Here are some of the best features from the magazine on our blog.

Much too soon for fans of Whole Living magazine, the last issue recently arrived in our mailboxes. Sadly, the January/February 2013 edition will be the last printed, while the title will live on—like so many magazine closures do these days—online.

No mention was made in the last print issue of how the magazine will survive digitally, but the company has previously announced that it plans to develop a strong digital presence in online video.

While curling up with your iPad might not have the same ring as curling up with a magazine, we’re going to celebrate those good old printed days with a walk down memory lane on our blog. This is the best of the best of Whole Living that we’ve featured over the years. Enjoy!

DIY for the Average Jane: Whole Living Pumpkin Muffins: For a delicious taste of fall, try your hand at this good—and good for you—snack or breakfast. Here, we take you through it step by step.

Funky Pencil Holder: Whole Living Magazine Gets Recycled: Want to make sure your Whole Living magazine lives on? Tear it up and make this funky pencil holder to enjoy on your desk. It’s one of our most popular pins on Pinterest!

Reuse and Recyle…the Pages of Whole Living Magazine: Go green—literally—with the pages of Whole Living magazine. Need a bow to dress up a gift? No need to go to the store because you can make one yourself.

Soup’s On! Taste-Testing Whole Living’s Tomato Soup with Mozzarella Croutons: If there’s still a chill in the air where you are, a bowl of fresh tomato soup should do the trick to warm you up. Plus, January is National Soup Month, and this is a great recipe to celebrate with!


How to Make Whole Living Pumpkin Muffins

DIY For the Average Jane: Whole Living Pumpkin Muffins

Whole Living Pumpkin MuffinOh the many wondrous things you can do with a little pumpkin pie filling and pumpkin spice. This week, we take on pumpkin muffins from Whole Living magazine.

I seem to have pumpkin on the brain right now, as this is my second tutorial of late that has in some way or another involved the giant orange squash. First it was the pumpkin spice latte and this week I’m taking on Whole Living magazine’s pumpkin muffins.

When I saw the photo for these delectable little fall treats I knew I had to make them. A perfect snack or breakfast, these surprisingly light muffins get their richness from plain yogurt and pumpkin puree instead of cream or butter. In fact, there’s not a bit of butter or salt in these little guys, but they’re absolutely delicious! Here’s how you can make them at home:

Whole Living Pumpkin Muffin Tutorial


  • 3/4 c. vegetable oil, plus more for greasing
  • 1 1/2 c. whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 c. pumpkin puree
  • 1 c. plain low-fat yogurt (I used Greek yogurt)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 c. turbinado sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 1/2 c. coarsely chopped walnuts

Steps (Correlating with Photos):

Photo 1: Preheat oven to 350. Grease muffin tins with oil. (The recipe calls for jumbo pans, but I just used two regular-sized pans for 24 muffins). Set aside.

Photos 2-4: Whisk together flours, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and baking soda. Set aside.

Photos 5-7 In another bowl, whisk oil, pumpkin puree, yogurt, eggs and 1 c. sugar together. Add walnuts.

Photo 8: Add all dry ingredients and mix until moist but not overmixed.

Photo 9-10: Fill muffin tins with batter and sprinkle tops with remaining walnuts and sugar. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean (about 30 minutes).

Photos 11-12: Let muffins cool for 5 minutes. Enjoy!

Skewers on the Grill

The 10 Best Magazines for Great Grilling Recipes and Advice

Whether you’re a grill master or an aspiring one, you’ll find all the tools of the trade and plenty of recipes to make while honing your skills in these ten magazines.

Grilling season may unofficially run from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but don’t think you have to have to put away the grill and tongs just yet. Fall is the perfect time to keep it burning!

The weather’s nice and cooler, plus what goes hand in hand with tailgating better than breaking out the grill?

Whether you’re watching the game from your own luxury suite at home or you’re traveling to support your favorite team, you’ll need plenty of good recipes and advice to try something new or hone your skills, if even just a little.

These are the ten best magazines for tips, shortcuts and recipes for any occasion or meal, so don that apron and fire up the grill!

1. Food Network Magazine: Every issue contains pointers from the network’s celebrity chefs, including grill master Bobby Flay.

2. Southern Living: In the South where football is nearly akin to religion, this magazine reveres the tailgate. In fact, check out its recently published Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook too, which is packed with spirited treats prepared on and off the grill.

3. Cooking Light: Enjoy the fruits of the flame even by cutting back on calories, fats and more, all while searing in good—and good-for-you—flavor.

4. Every Day With Rachael Ray: An all-grilling issue is published in the summer, but Rachael’s still got great advice and recipes to share year-round.

5. Food & Wine: If you want to go beyond the grilling basics—chicken, beef and pork—you’ll find tips for preparing other meats, like lamb, here.

6. Cook’s Illustrated: Marinade not sticking? Meat overdone? This in-depth how-to publication explains what’s going wrong—and how to make it right.

7. Everyday Food: Throw the whole meal on the grill, including simple and flavorful sides often found in this magazine.

8. Taste of Home: Don’t forget dessert! Fruits like peaches can be prepared over the open flame to complement a main dish, enjoy as an in-season appetizer or after-dinner treat.

9. Clean Eating: Vegetarians and carnivores alike will find palatable recipes in this healthy publication. Think everything from grilled Portobello burgers to grilled shrimp skewers.

10. Whole Living: Turn here for tips on preparing the healthiest of grilled fare while being mindful of your environmental footprint. For example, opt for charcoal rather than using lighter fluid as it’s easier on the ozone. Same goes for fabric napkins and sturdy plastic flatware—over just tossing the cheaper versions after one use.


4 Steps Toward Eating Seasonally

Nashville Farmer's Market

The Nashville Farmers Market is just one market with a wide selection of locally grown, seasonal produce.

If the idea of seasonal eating conjures up thoughts of boiled squash and plain cabbage, it’s time to open up your mind to the diversity and delectability of eating what’s ripe right now.

It can be tough to think about eating seasonally when what we see in the produce aisle so rarely changes. Sure, we’re more likely to score good strawberries and sweet corn in the middle of summer than in the dead of winter, but that’s about the extent of the average American’s seasonal eating.

While it’s certainly convenient to enjoy fresh tomatoes on Christmas Eve, we may be missing out on the benefits of eating seasonally — benefits to our bodies, the environment and our local economy just for starters. Plus, cooking with foods that were picked when they were ripe makes for richer, more flavorful dishes.

What does it actually entail to start eating seasonally? It might not be realistic to expect to eat 100 percent seasonal, local produce, but it’s definitely realistic to start taking some steps in that direction. The benefits are immense, but some basics are that you’re supporting your local growers, you’re eating food that wasn’t shipped across the world at a cost to the environment and you’re also avoiding foods like ethylene-ripened tomatoes, which are picked green and made to ripen quickly with ethylene gas.

Once you get started, you’ll be surprised by how enjoyable (and, yes, even delicious) seasonal eating can be. Here are four simple steps you can take:

1. Visit Your Local Farmers Market: If there’s one place to find seasonal food, it’s at the farmers market, where local farmers sell their produce directly to consumers. This supports local growers, cuts out the middle men and ensures that you get the freshest produce available. Use Local Harvest to find a market near you.

2. Join a CSA: A CSA, which stands for community supported agriculture, is basically a subscription to fresh produce from a local grower. You pay an up-front fee for a specified period of time, and then each week during that time you’ll receive a huge box full of fresh, local produce. This way, you can plan recipes based on what you have rather than what you see on the shelves at the grocery store. Find a CSA near you at Local Harvest.

3. Find Delicious Seasonal Recipes: If you’re not sure what’s in season, several magazines offer great recipe resources on their websites. Whole Living Magazine offers a seasonal foods tab; the Real Simple Magazine website features a seasonal food guide; Cooking Light Magazine gives great in-season recipes and Clean Eating Magazine has a wonderful seasonal recipe resource as well.

4. Try Something New: One of the most fun parts of eating what’s in season is that you often get to try new fruits and veggies you’ve never prepared or even tasted before. If you’re willing to try new flavors and enjoy them when they’re harvested, you’ll get the benefits of deliciously fresh and locally grown food.

Teacher Appreciation Week: Top 10 Creative Alternatives to the Apple

Teacher Appreciation Week: Top 10 Creative Alternatives to the Apple

Teacher Appreciation Week: Top 10 Creative Alternatives to the AppleWe’re all familiar with the old adage, but if your child’s teacher really wanted 24 apples, he or she would just go to the store and buy a bag of Fujis.

An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but it might also keep your child’s teacher away if you decide to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week this week with a piece of fruit. All jokes aside, though, it’s tough to figure out how to best say thank you to the person who works daily to educate, nurture and care for your child.

To make the process a bit easier this year, we’re offering up our list of the Top 10 ways to thank your child’s teacher without going anywhere near the produce section. As with any gift, the most important thing is knowing the teacher and taking into account factors like age, hobbies, family life, interests and classroom needs to help you buy the most thoughtful gift possible. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

1. Nice coffee or tea - Of course this depends on the taste of the teacher, but a pound of nice coffee or a box of fine tea with a few honey sticks and a fun mug make for great gifts.

2. Books for the classroom - If your child is an elementary school student, you may be able to get an idea of what books the teacher has or wants and purchase some nice, new books for the classroom.

3. Something homemade – You don’t have to be an excellent baker to offer up a homemade present. Consider your abilities and make homemade stationery, a notebook or anything else you think the teacher would enjoy.

4. A magazine subscription (not to a teaching magazine) – If you know anything about the interests of the teacher you’re shopping for, get him or her a subscription to a fun magazine on the topic. For women, consider titles like Real Simple or Whole Living. For men, a safe bet is Popular Science or Wired.

5. Movie tickets – Regardless of age or stage of life, most teachers would enjoy four tickets to the local cinema. Popcorn, anyone?

6. A gift card to a teacher supply store – While every teacher does have a life outside of school and doesn’t necessarily want teacher-related gifts, this one can be quite helpful, as many teachers end up buying at least some supplies out of pocket.

7. A potted plant, flower or herb garden – Add a bit of spring to a teacher’s home or classroom with the gift of a potted plant or even an herb. Pick something seasonal to make it a little more timely and fun.

8. Chocolate – Need we say more?

9. A gift card to a coffee shop or restaurant – This is where you may need to know your child’s teacher a bit, but gift cards are always a nice token of appreciation since the recipient gets to choose how and when to use them.

10. Something uniquely local - Think about what gives your local area its flavor, and make a gift out of a few fun local things that are unique to where you live.

Whole Living magazine April 2012

Conserving Water May Be Simpler Than You Think

Whole Living magazine April 2012Whole Living magazine says the average American household uses 350 gallons of water per day. But fear not–they’re also offering up 50 simple ways to reduce that number.

My beautiful city, Austin, Texas, is in the middle of a pretty rough drought. Sure, we’ve had a couple of great (and stormy) rain showers this year but not quite enough to make up for the deficit we’re feeling. The City government has implemented a mandatory watering schedule for residents to try to conserve water, and I’ve been trying to do a few things around the house to do my part as well.

I don’t let the water run freely while I brush my teeth, and I make sure the dishwasher is totally full before I run it. And I thought I was doing well! But when my April issue of Whole Living magazine showed up in the mail with the feature “50 Ways to Save Water,” I knew immediately that I could do more. Here are three of my favorite ideas from the list of 50:

Tip No. 7: Use a water-conscious car wash. Washing your car in your own driveway can use 60 gallons of water or more in a mere five minutes. Visit washwithwatersavers.com to find a certified car wash in your area that uses 40 gallons or less per car and then pumps clean water back into the environment.

Tip No. 24: Landscape with native plants. My guess is that the plants native to the Seattle area wouldn’t stand a chance during the hot, dry summer that we’re about to face in Texas. But plants that have survived for generations in the Texas heat can probably handle it–even thrive in it–requiring less watering and maintenance along the way.

Tip No. 41. Shorten your shower. By shortening your shower time by just one minute, you’ll save 2.5 gallons of water. And those minutes add up! If you shower every day–and I hope you do–you’ll save more than 900 gallons of water over the span of a single year.