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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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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Sweet Potato Black Bean Nachos


I love this dish because it takes a classic indulgent food like nachos and amps it up with wholesome ingredients to bring nutrition into the conversation. With fiber from the sweet potatoes, protein from the black beans, and all sorts of veggies on top, this is a super balanced dish full of flavor that is perfect for taco night traditions. This is one of my favorite ways to highlight that maintaining a balanced lifestyle doesn’t have to be boring!

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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites with Ranch Dressing

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

From cauliflower crusted pizza, to cauliflower tots, and now buffalo cauliflower bites, this versatile vegetable can pretty much replace a potato, bread, or meat in almost any recipe. And while I love a good chicken wing from time and again, I do get pretty jazzed about challenging myself to try something new and innovative in the kitchen, like swapping the traditional chicken wing with a wholesome vegetable, like cauliflower.

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Skinny Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Skinny Spinach and Artichoke Dip - New Kid On The Guac

This classic appetizer favorite, spinach and artichoke dip is always a crowd pleaser at tailgates and parties. With a few simple swaps, this skinnier version of the dish will keep you coming back for more. A perfect recipe for another Packers win! And spinach = health, duh.

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Off the Grid


Traveling food truck festival throughout all of Bay Area? Count me in. Check out the best of the best at Off the Grid, San Francisco!

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Sweetgreen - New Kid On The Guac

Fresh, local, organic salads at Sweetgreen, Chicago!

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Chocolate Greek Yogurt Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Greek Yogurt Zucchini Bread - New Kid On The Guac

This Double Chocolate Greek Yogurt Zucchini Banana Bread is so addicting and delicious, with wholesome ingredients to boot! Show that sweet tooth who is boss by sneaking veggies into your chocolate loaf. I swear, you’ll never suspect a thing.

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