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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Top 6 Bakeries You Have to Eat at in San Francisco

Top 6 Bakeries You Have to Eat at in San Francisco - New Kid On The Guac

Trust me, I get it: San Francisco is overwhelming to a newbie. Especially if you are visiting for a short time and want to make the most out of your San Francisco dining experience. I had a full year to conquer the eating extravaganza that is SF and still left feeling unaccomplished. So let me do you a solid and guide you through one of the most important categories: baked goods.  San Francisco’s baked good game is STRONG, and I don’t want you to waste one single moment in the lands of mediocrity. So do your homework and read up on the best spots to visit when you want to eat dessert for breakfast. You’re welcome.

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Salmon Sweet Potato Cakes with Lemon Herb Aioli

The other day I made salmon for dinner and brought leftovers for lunch the next day. Yup, I was that girl that was making the break area smell like the Pacific Ocean. I honestly just owned it, because it was ridiculously good salmon and I was not about to wait until dinner to dive into leftovers. The world needs more recipes that you are willing to stink up the office for, am I right?!

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What I Learned On Whole30

What I Learned on Whole30 - New Kid On The Guac

I am not a dieter. In reality, I’m the farthest thing from it – I’m an eater. I love food. I love exploring with new flavors, cooking up a storm, trying unique restaurants, and embracing different eating experiences. In that same arena, I love healthy foods. I love the idea of fueling my body with nutrient-dense ingredients that will help me power through when I challenge myself to run faster or hike harder than ever before.

As a registered dietitian, I think it’s important to stay knowledgable of the latest and greatest trends in the nutrition world. So when Whole30 started gaining more and more traction, I knew it was time I give it a whirl for myself and see if it lived up to the hype. Here’s what I learned.

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Avocado Chicken Salad

Avocado Chicken Salad - New Kid On The Guac

Is it just me, or is chicken salad like a blank canvas when it comes to personalization? Everyone has their own way of doing it. Grapes, celery, nuts… you name it, someone has tried it. It’s pretty much a free for all. And while I totally love surprises and spontaneity, sometimes that’s just not what you want when ordering lunch.

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8 Ways to Add the ‘Holy Moly’ to Your Guacamole

8 Ways to Add the 'Holy Moly' to Your Guacamole - New Kid On The Guac

So you like guacamole. Join the tribe. There are 10 million of us. And if you are a whiz in the kitchen, you probably have some type of go-to guac recipe that is “the best of all time”. Take your guac to the next level with these game-changer additions.

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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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