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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Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples and Goat Cheese

Brussel Sprouts Salad with Apples and Goat Cheese - New Kid On The Guac

There has to be at least one vegetable you LOATHED growing up that now you just can’t get enough of. For me, it’s brussels sprouts. Now, I can’t imagine a world without these little guys. I love them so passionately, and will do anything in my power to share my obsession with others around me. Thus, I give you my Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples and Goat Cheese. If you need a gateway drug into brussels sprouts for a small child, this is the ticket. Served warm with slices of tart apple, dried cranberries, candied walnuts, and creamy goat cheese, this dish is the perfect vegetable side dish for the whole family to enjoy.

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Neptune Oyster – Boston, MA

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I will gladly stand in line for thirty minutes for a lobster roll. This is a fact I know to be true about myself. I did it many times in San Francisco at Fisherman’s Wharf, and it always proved immensely worth it. Hence, when I went to Boston last month for the Food & Nutrition Conference Expo, I knew that the quest for the best New England lobster roll was at the top of my priority list. Luckily, I was traveling with a local, so she guided me fearlessly to Neptune Oyster and I followed faithfully, visions of seafood dancing in my head.

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Four Tips for a Balanced Thanksgiving

Four Tips for a Balanced Thanksgiving - New Kid On The Guac

There’s no denying that holidays are a time of indulgence. It’s a season spent enjoying time with family and friends, and likely involves recipes passed down for generations, a second helping of dessert, and lots and lots of leftovers. These festivities all kickstart with Thanksgiving. It’s like an annual “ready, set, go” to a few months of massive amounts of eating and likely, not a lot of restraint. I’ve never been one to approach Thanksgiving with a calorie goal in mind, but there are a few helpful tips that I use to keep my holiday in check so I can enjoy it without a stomach ache.

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Maple Dijon Roasted Carrots

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I eat veggies with hummus, in salads, in pasta dishes, omelettes, or cooked on the side, but plain, raw veggies are just not my jam. With the holidays right around the corner, what better dish than roasted, seasonal carrots to kick off Thanksgiving with a bang? This recipe is a perfect blend of fall flavors and is easy to whip up before your upcoming Friendsgiving, if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed and don’t want to tackle your first turkey this year.

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Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Antibiotics, oh my!

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Chances are, you’ve heard of these trendy little guys called prebiotics and probiotics at some point or another – possibly at a yoga class or a juice bar. Yes, they are good for you and yes you should try to incorporate them into your diet. But did you ever stop to wonder what all the fuss is about? And what about antibiotics? Are those good, too? Well folks, it’s gut health. And a glamorous topic such as gut health deserves center stage.

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Alden and Harlow – Boston, MA

Alden and Harlow - New Kid On The Guac

Amidst lobster rolls, crab cakes, and far too many oysters in Boston, I had the immense pleasure of dining at Alden and Harlow in Harvard Square. As a student at Harvard, Alden and Harlow has always been my favorite place to take visitors when they come into town (or so I told people. What’s the harm in pretending to be Elle Woods’ classmate for a weekend?)

Alden and Harlow specializes in small plates, and trust me, they do it well. With many plant-forward dishes focused on thoughtfully sourced American foods, this is definitely a restaurant for the books. Noted as one of the Best Restaurants in the World by Condé Nast Traveler, the eatery lives up to the title effortlessly.

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Skinny Southwest Sliders

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What a time to be alive. For the first time in 71 years, the Chicago Cubs are in the World Series. The city is on fire with a contagious energy and I am reminded daily of how unreal it is that I can forever call Chicago home. Likewise, the Packers are crushing the start of the football season. It […]

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A Dietitian’s Bloody Mary

A Dietitian's Bloody Mary - New Kid On The Guac

Hello! Lauren Whitman here. Also known as bloodymaryaddict on Instagram because I. Am. A. BLOODY MARY ADDICT.
I’m a part-time addict, full-time registered dietitian nutritionist, and also friends with the lovely Marissa Thiry! Her and I both have a love for eating healthy, Bloody Marys, and football! Although we disagree on teams (DA BEARS) we agree that Bloody Marys are a game day essential. If you do them right, they can be equally delicious and good for you. So this Sunday, put on your team’s jersey, grab a glass, fill it with ice, and read the following to make a delicious, nutrient-filled Bloody Mary!

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Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar - New Kid On The Guac

Work is BONKERS right now and I would not say that I’m thriving, but I got an offer to go to the Packers game this weekend and a girl just does not turn that down, no matter how busy her life is at the moment. So after a 13 hour work day yesterday, I had about 4 hours to get my life together, buy some groceries, and whip up a tailgate snack before heading up to Green Bay. Knowing I was strapped for time and needed to port this sucker in the car for a few hours, I grabbed some corn tortilla chips and all the veggies in all the lands, tossed them together and called it a day. Dabbed on the de-puffer cream and loaded up the car, Wisconsin-bound.

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Roasted Vegetable Whole Wheat Flatbread

Roasted Vegetable Whole Wheat Flatbread - New Kid On The Guac

Nothing goes better with those fall football Fridays than pizza. Hate to admit it, but I’m a dietitian and I love pizza. So sue me. I try to make my pizza somewhat more nutritious myself by loading it with veggies, prefacing it with salad… all the tips and tricks to make me feel better about myself. Today’s rendition of pizza is a roasted vegetable, whole wheat flatbread – full of flavors and nutrients to fill you up and get you through halftime. Happy Fall, Y’all!

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