Food Philosophy

Food Philosophy - New Kid On The Guac

Life is about balance. My personal food philosophy focuses on a holistic approach to wellness, with wholesome and delicious foods to fuel an active and adventurous lifestyle.

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Easy Kitchen Hacks to Reduce Food Waste at Home

Easy Kitchen Hacks to Reduce Food Waste - New Kid On The Guac

I hear you – using up all of your food is HARD. WORK. It requires planning and preparation and a lot of freaking creativity. If you’re an adventurous whiz in the kitchen (or even if you’re not), chances are your fridge may be stocked with a lot of one-off ingredients that you have no idea how to utilize before they expire.

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Two Urban Licks – Atlanta, GA

Two Urban Licks - Atlanta, GA - New Kid On The Guac

Am I the only one who has a ‘Wanderlust Eats’ note saved in my phone with lists of restaurants in different cities? I have restaurants saved from Atlanta to Seattle and everywhere in between. Normally, this list generates 90% of my travel plans in any given city. So when I found out I’d be traveling to Atlanta for work, I started planning the eating experience before I even booked my flight, too anxious to wait another minute. Two Urban Licks wasn’t on the list at the time, and boy what a mistake it would have been to miss out on this gem during my 48 hours in Atlanta.

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Caulifornia Breakfast Bowl

Caulifornia Breakfast Bowl - New Kid On The Guac

Here’s a general summary of my sentiment toward cauliflower: I love cauliflower. It’s this super versatile vegetable wrapped in a seemingly boring appearance, but with so many possibilities. From riced cauliflower to mashed cauliflower to cauliflower buffalo wings to cauliflower pizza crusts, the opportunities are endless and it BLOWS. MY. MIND.

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Cajun Tilapia with Mango-Avocado Salsa

Cajun Tilapia with Mango-Avocado Salsa - New Kid On The Guac

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you really need to impress someone with your culinary skills? Maybe you are attending a potluck dinner party, having over your new fling for a date night in, or your parents are in town and you want to at least pretend that you have your life together.

People, here is your out. I give you cajun tilapia with mango-avocado salsa: quite possibly the simplest, “fake it til you make it” recipe known to man.

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The Ultimate Guide to Balanced Game Day Grub

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites with Ranch Dressing - New Kid On The Guac

While the Super Bowl is disguised as a nationwide sporting event, we all know the REAL lineup is focused on the food (and maybe the commercials). Don’t fall into the trap of overdoing it early on game day with heavy food and drink choices, leaving you sluggish and uncomfortable for the rest of the day. Stick to these tried and true balanced game day options for a helluva good time throughout the entire game.

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Quinoa, Apple and Kale Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Quinoa, Apple and Kale Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing - New Kid On The Guac

If you have ever felt lost as to what to bring to an office potluck, you are not alone. The pressure to impress your coworkers with an elaborate dish while also trying to keep the price down can definitely cause some unnecessary stress. This year, ditch the fancy cheese plate that costs half your paycheck and opt for this equally impressive homemade salad that will leave your colleagues swooning.

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Six Tips to Healthier Jet-setting

Six Tips to Healthier Jet-Setting - New Kid On The Guac

Whether you’re a business frequent flyer, weekend getaway girl, or home-bound for the holidays, we all can relate to the struggle of finding something healthy to eat in a hectic airport terminal (especially if you’re trying to prepare for an overnight flight!). These tips take the guess work out of healthy eating while flying, so you can focus on the finer things in life, like free wifi on long distance flights and catching up on the latest episodes on Netflix. Score.

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Girl and the Goat

Girl and the Goat - New Kid On The Guac

You cannot say that you have truly experienced Chicago dining until you have eaten at Girl and the Goat. I thought I was a Chicago food extroadinaire, and was starting to get pretty high on my horse, until one fateful evening, I visited Girl and the Goat and life as I knew it was never the same. This globally-inspired, family style eatery is everything you never knew your tastebuds needed until now.

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Holiday Sangria

Holiday Sangria - New Kid On The Guac

Cheers to the smallest most life-changing moments you could ever imagine. It took a few cross-country moves for me to figure it out, but it’s these small moments that matter. Don’t take a single one for granted. Celebrate as much and as often as humanly possible. Everything is worth celebrating. And although I call this holiday sangria, I whipped this up for the family mid-November because we were overdue for a celebration, and nobody seemed the least bit surprised when they saw the ‘Merry Christmas’ stirrer in their drink. Quit waiting for the next holiday to celebrate. I wholeheartedly encourage you to celebrate anything and everything you can in this world. We all need more of that.

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Five Tips to Help Manage Stress

Five Tips to Help Manage Stress - New Kid On The Guac

For years, studies have shown stress as a precursor for serious diseases. It has been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, liver failure, and other chronic illnesses. What’s more, when you are experiencing stress, hormones like ghrelin (the hunger hormone) are triggered and can cause you to overeat. Stress eating is real, ladies and gents (there is actually a somewhat scientific explanation for the bag of chips which is magically empty after a stressful afternoon). Let’s call it what it is: unhealthy. We need to learn to de-stress somehow, as if our life depended on it – because in reality, it does.

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