WIAW – Whole Foods and Hanukkah


Before we get to last night’s Hanukkah dinner, I have a few random foodie things to discuss.


We went to Whole Foods the other day and I was really excited to get both Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt and Organic Pink Lady apples on sale.

Stonyfield Yogurt and apples

In my opinion, Stonyfield Organic makes the best greek yogurt, especially when it comes to the plain.

I don’t always buy it because it can be pricey but I think it may be worth it going forward, not just for the taste but for the quality.


Plain greek yogurt really does take on the color and sweetness of the fruit-flavored yogurts when you add real fruit.

I really like Pink Lady apples. When it comes to apples in general though, I get really annoyed when I can’t find super big ones.

I make do by cutting up more than one at a time but still, it annoys me.

My son decided he wanted to try one of the green juices at Whole Foods too while we were there. He is working on the vegetable thing.

green juice

The juice he selected involved spinach, green apple, cucumber and I forget exactly what else (he told them to leave out the celery).

He didn’t like it and neither did I. We brought it back and they tried to adjust the flavor (too much parsley!) but it didn’t work for either of us. So we returned it.

There was absolutely no way that I was going to throw the juice in the garbage when I paid over six dollars for the cup.

Last week I mentioned taking a bit of break from fresh roasted vegetables.

That doesn’t mean I stopped eating vegetables completely, I just made some minor changes.


Wilted spinach in place of lettuce works really nice for me as a salad base.

I also bought Portobello mushrooms caps this week for a change too. Love them in a salad with avocado.

Roasted brussels sprouts aren’t causing me an issue (thank goodness since they are the best!) so I have been sticking to those along with roasted asparagus.

I decided it was the fresh roasted broccoli causing me the most discomfort so for now, I have only been eating the frozen variety and notice a major difference in how I feel.

Oh and I can’t forget to mention my favorite mashed chickpeas with avocado on Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel toast. If you haven’t tried it yet, you really should.

mashed chick pea avocado toast

On to Hanukkah dinner:

I will admit that I didn’t make the Matzo Ball soup.

matzo ball soup

But I did make the rest of the dinner, including lots of latkes (potato pancakes) of all sizes.

potato latkes

For the sweet potato latkes, I couldn’t find a new box of quinoa flakes so I bought this Quinoa & Flax blend instead.

sweet potato latkes

I used a regular shredder and a mini food processor this year to make the latkes. I prefer the old-fashioned shredder even though it requires more work.

You must top your latkes off with apple sauce if you are going to do it right.

sweet potato latkes

As luck would have it, yesterday was also National Chocolate Covered Anything Day.

chocolate covered pineapple

I am a passive-aggressive hostess. I made chocolate-covered pineapple because my dad has arthritis in his knees and the bromelain in pineapple is a powerful anti-inflammatory known to help the pain and inflammation.

I served him the pineapple and told him the bromelain was his Hanukkah gift.

chocolate covered pineapple

I made brownie mini muffins too.

brownie muffins

I sent my dad home with the rest of the pineapple (we finished all of the chocolate-covered pieces) because he needs his antioxidants.


And because I am clearly allergic to pineapple (hurts my tongue so bad and left it bright red last night!) yet if it’s here, I will eat it anyway.

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Anyone else find pineapple to irritate their mouth? Or is this just another fruit I am allergic to?

If you celebrated Hanukkah last night, what kind of latkes did you have?

What are you having for breakfast today?







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  1. says

    I love pineapple. I do find I can’t eat a whole lot with it it kind of irritating my mouth. I guess because it’s so high in sugar? Cereal does the same thing to me. I love green juice but never with parsley in it. That’s a super strong flavor. I don’t blame him for not liking it.
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  2. says

    That bowl of veggies looks good! I made traditional latkes last night subbing coconut flour for regular and also fried in coconut oil. They are too good, in that I can’t ever make enough so that everyone gets their fill. No matter what, someone wants more! And they’re so messy to make I really don’t like repeating the process too many times. Oh well. Happy Hanukkah!
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    • says

      Doesn’t it always seem as though you make so many because they require so much work and it looks like there is so much potato yet there are never enough because everyone eats them all so fast? Ha. Happened here last night too…I should try coconut flour next year with the sweet potatoes. Would taste great. I fried in coconut oil too! So good.

  3. says

    It’s nice to find someone else who is allergic to a certain fruit. I’m allergic to peaches.. which is horrible because they are so delicious 🙁 Happy Hanukkah!

  4. says

    When I eat iceberg lettuce the back of my throat gets itchy and when I was younger I used to tell my parents that lettuce made my ears itch…they didnt believe me and thought I was jus trying to get out of eating it!
    This mornings breakfast was the usual eggs, spinach, bacon and plantains. But before that I had a lara bar, banana, and 1/2 a smoothie. I had a long workout at the gym so wanted to get a decent amount of food in before I went there.
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    • says

      You probably have Oral ALlergies (oral allergy syndrome) like I do. It’s a raw fruit allergy linked to pollen allergies. I have a birch pollen allergy which means I am allergic to fruits associated with birch pollen (apples, yep I am allergic but try to eat them anyway, pears, peaches, plums, cherries plus nuts like walnuts and almonds). If the foods are cooked, it alters the pollen and most likely the allergy disappears. I linked to my post about oral allergy syndrome but I will share it here in case you missed it:

  5. says

    Pineapple is out to get me. I used to love it when I was a kid, but I think I developed an allergy to it somewhere in my early 20’s, and it just started giving me stomach aches and random rashes around my mouth. So sad. I loved that fruit.

    And I remember my mom making latke for me all.the.time when I was a little kid… I miss them! I never tried them with applesauce, though. We’d top ours with sweetened sour cream, oooooor just dunk them in sugar 😆
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  6. says

    I’m totally with you on the Pink Lady apples. BEST apple EVER!!! But I also only like the big ones and refuse to buy the small one.
    Pineapple irritates my mouth so I never eat it. I never thought it could be an allergy, I just figured it hurt everyones mouth because it’s so acidic.
    I made carrot and parsnip pancakes for Chanukah last night. My kids had them with applesauce. I prefer mine with a greek yogurt dill sauce.

  7. says

    I love how you threw in the benefits of pineapple. Very thoughtful of you to make it for you dad too. I will remember this when I do my next natural remedy post on inflammation. That’s the topic people asked for most.

    • says

      The bromelain in pineapple is a powerful thing. One year for Father’s Day I got him a big bottle of tart cherry juice lol. It’s more powerful in terms of helping arthritis than the medications. If only he would drink it!