#YourNewPotato

Okay potatoheads, a new column and Instagram party has officially begun and it’s called #yournewpotato. Each week, we’ll be picking our favorite Instagram to post on our site AND Instagram, that answers the question “What’s your new potato?” Just make sure to tag us @thenewpotato and use the hashtag #yournewpotato.

From Hamilton the musical to poke bowls and fur loafers, your new potato can be absolutely anything – and we want to know what it is! This week’s winner is Miranda Hammer, of the popular Instagram handle @thecrunchyradish

On who she is…

Hey potatoheads, my name is Miranda Hammer. I am a registered dietitian, natural foods chef, and founder of the clean eating, healthy living site crunchyradish.com. I am currently completing the chef’s training program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. My mission is to inspire plant-based eating and living through my recipes and nutrition knowledge via my site and social media. I am a native New Yorker and have a Jack Russell Terrier named Henry Pepper.

On her ideal food day…

I would start with a cold brew from Brooklyn Roasting Company with a splash of raw coconut water and Omilk cashew milk alongside toasted Eli’s health bread, cream cheese, smoked salmon, chives, and wasabi caviar from Russ & Daughters. For lunch, I’d keep it light and crunchy with a salad from sweetgreen loaded with spicy broccoli, cabbage, carrots, avocado, and jalapeño lime dressing. In the evening, I’d grab a martini alongside the fried olives at the Polo Bar and then head down to Little Park for crispy Brussels sprouts and green spaghetti. Dessert would be vegan pistachio “ice cream’ from Van Leeuwen.

On beauty from the inside out…

For me, it’s all about balance. I follow primarily a plant-based diet, which means that my meals mainly consist of vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and fruit. I consume tons of antioxidants and phytochemicals by making sure that I eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. I try and hydrate throughout the day. I do have a weakness for coffee, and could literally drink it all day long, but I transition to tea after 3pm, if I need a boost. I also make sure that I load up on fermented foods for optimizing gut health. Being physically active is essential to my internal beauty routine whether its running in Central Park or swinging kettle bells at Refine Method, it helps me feel strong and balanced. Having close connections with friends and family, indulging in a great meal out and having a glass or two of wine is also essential for my personal self care and fulfillment.

On why this photo is her new potato…

This is a photo of my turmeric ginger chicken soup aka “Jpen” (Jewish penicillin). I make it every time my husband or myself is feeling sick. It literally cures it all. It’s one of those recipes that gets passed down from family member to family member and is augmented each time. I know my mom was not spiking her soup with turmeric and ginger, but the cooking and eating process still contains sentimental and restorative powers. It has also become one of those meals that I keep in my “back pocket” and can make on whim if and when it is needed.

Don’t forget to read our interview with last week’s #yournewpotato winner.