Robin Barrie Kaiden, MS, RD, CDN, CSSD is one of the nation’s leading experts in personal wellness, nutrition, physical fitness, and weight loss. As the founder of Robin Barrie™, her Manhattan-based practice and consulting group, she has cultivated a following for developing individualized, realistic, and results-oriented plans that ensure diet and fitness goals are achieved and maintained for a lifetime.
Welcome to a new week of Robin Recommends! Thanksgiving week is here, and I’m excited to share with you a seasonal roundup of some of my favorite recipes, snacks, local spots, gift ideas, and more. Read on for more of my favorites! Note that most of these items are also shoppable on my Amazon storefront.
As you may remember from last week, Siete is a family run company that makes chips, queso, tortillas, and more. I shared their Nacho flavor tortilla chips last week, but they have SO much more! They offer a variety of wraps for those who are gluten-intolerant or gluten-sensitive, including grain-free wraps, almond flour wraps, cassava flour wraps, chickpea flour wraps, and cassava + chia wraps. You can also buy mixed packs! I love the flavor of the almond and chickpea varieties the most. Note that the chickpea variety has 5 grams protein per two tortillas-plant protein!! Their products are made without any additives or preservatives, and they’re so good for burritos or tacos. They make a great healthy swap for traditional (more processed) flour tortillas used for breakfast wraps, all of your taco Tuesday creations, and quesadillas! The wraps are great for Thanksgiving leftover turkey sandwiches too!
I absolutely love the food processors from Cuisinart. If you’re in the market for a new one, I’d recommend either the Elite Die-Cast Mini Prep 4-Cup (currently on sale for $59.95) or the Cuisinart 4-Cup Elemental Food Processor (on sale for $31.96). We use ours almost daily – it’s so handy for pesto, sauces, energy bites, acai bowls, blended soups, quickly chopping veggies, baking, homemade breadcrumbs/flours, homemade baby food, and so much more! A food processor has a wider base than a blender so it’s better if you’re doing a rough chop on vegetables or working with delicate herbs. These also make great, inexpensive gifts for the holidays-think: foodie friends, new Moms, or newbie chefs!
3. My Stuffing Recipe
This stuffing recipe is my go-to for Thanksgiving. It’s been a huge hit the past 3 years that I have hosted a 25-person holiday meal! It’s much more nutrient-dense than store-bought or traditional recipes, and easier than it looks. It combines quinoa with celery, sage, parsley, hazelnuts, pomegranate, butternut squash, and oven-toasted sourdough bread. You get that nutty, rich flavor that stuffing is known for with additional health benefits! This recipe is filled with a diverse array of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients (thanks to the quinoa, pomegranate, fresh herbs, squash, hazelnuts, and celery). Sourdough bread is a bit easier to digest for those who are gluten-sensitive, and is typically made with simple ingredients if you pick it up from a local bakery. Diversity in nutrients is so great for our microbiome and digestion, so the dish will leave you feeling energized and not heavy like traditional stuffing can. The leftovers even make for a great breakfast the next morning. My sister-in-law will vouch for that! If you make it, be sure to tag me on IG @robinbarrie!
4. Olive & June Nail Kits
I ordered one of these at the beginning of the quarantine so I could do my own nails, and it’s been such a lifesaver. They offer completely non-toxic manicure sets and pedicure tools that include everything you need to make your nails look as good as they would after a salon visit. You can pick and choose from long-lasting polishes, glossy top coat, buffer, clippers, serums, polish remover, and Poppy, which is their patented polish bottle handle to make it easier to paint a smooth nail. They’re actually offering 25% off everything right now as well as free shipping on all orders above $20, so if you’re looking for an easy way to do your nails, this is the time to check them out. They make a great gift for the holiday season as well, so definitely put this one on your list for friends and/or family, OR add to your own wishlist!!
That’s all for this edition! Check back next week for more of what I recommend, and make sure to read last week’s blog, if you missed it!