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TNC 053: Healthy Meal Planning Tips with Jessica Levinson

Today, my guest, Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN, and I are talking about meal planning and healthy meal ideas. We address the daily grind of preparing meals, and how to make them easier and less stressful for you, moms and dads. Jessica is a nationally recognized nutrition expert with a focus on culinary nutrition and communications. Jessica’s passion lies in the kitchen, where she develops nutritious and delicious recipes to feed her family and to inspire others to do the same. On her...


TNC 052: Super Healthy Meals with Amy and Natalie from Super Healthy Kids

Today on The Nourished Child Podcast, I'm talking to Amy Roskelley and Natalie Monson from Super Healthy Kids. Super Healthy Kids is a tremendous resource, created by two real moms, offering recipes that encourage parents to share healthy meals with their kids in a variety of ways. One of my favorite things about the Super Healthy Kids' website is their focus on raising adventurous eaters! Amy and Natalie discuss their core beliefs around food and feeding children and how they incorporate...


Teen Athlete Nutrition: Easy Tweaks to Boost Performance with Chris Rosenbloom

Teen Athlete Nutrition: Tweaks to Boost Performance In this episode, Chris Rosenbloom, a sports nutritionist I’ve worked with in the past and continue to admire, joins me to focus on easy nutrition tweaks to boost teen athletic performance. Chris and I both have practical, evidence-based approaches to teen nutrition, especially among teen athletes, so over the course of this episode you’ll be privy to simple, tangible approaches you can take to help your teen think differently about the...


TNC 50: The Benefits and Barriers to Family Dinner

Family Dinner: Benefits and Barriers I often talk on the Nourished Child about the importance of family dinner because I have seen the huge impact they have on the health of both children and parents. When families sit down together and eat a home-cooked meal, children are being shown healthy eating habits by example, and everyone has a chance to reconnect after a busy day. If that sounds a little too good to be true, don't worry. There are still several hurdles we have to jump over to...


TNC 049: How To Serve Meals “Family-Style” [& Why You Should!]

Serve Meals Family-Style I’ve talked about family meals on other podcasts before, but I’ve never devoted an entire episode of my own show to this very important topic. When I started serving Family-Style meals for my own family, my husband and I celebrated over the amazingly positive results in my children’s eating habits. My clients have also seen success with this method, so I want to take the time to dig in deeper with my podcast community. Feeding your family takes up a lot of time, so...


TNC 048: Starting Baby on Solids, Flexibly

This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclist, weightlifters and vegetarians get lower rates on their life insurance. Go to to support the show and see if you qualify. Starting Baby on Solids, Flexibly When it comes to feeding babies and toddlers solids, there is conflicting information out there for parents. Between divisive Facebook groups, endless blogs and articles, and Moms with strong...


TNC 047: Making Healthy Food Choices in College with Gracie

Healthy Food Choices and Eating in College On today’s very special episode of The Nourished Child, I wanted to sit down with my daughter, Gracie. Gracie is now a young adult, and she’s grown up with a dietitian mom. Can you imagine what that would be like? I know many of you were curious about how my feeding strategies have played out now that my kids are older, so what better way to get the full scoop than from Gracie herself? Today, she is going to share all of her perspectives on what...


Baby Nutrition, Nutrition Intuition & Born to Eat

We are Born to Eat In the past five years alone, we have gained so much new knowledge about baby nutrition. If you are a new or soon-to-be parent, you will have most likely seen a study or two about baby-led weaning. It's an approach to feeding your baby while giving your child a balanced and healthy approach to food. Do you know where to start? I am lucky to have on the podcast today a fellow nutritionist, Leslie Schilling. Along with her co-author Wendy Jo Peterson, Leslie has recently...


TEDx, Turkeys & Table Manners

Thanksgiving Table Manners Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and we have a bunch of family in town. As our houses fill with relatives near and far, and the smell of turkey and other delicious food emanate from the kitchen, we can take a moment in all the chaos to be thankful for our families and the bounty we have been blessed with. I will have a wide range of ages around my Thanksgiving table, as well as a variety of nutritional needs. We will have two kinds of turkey, and gluten-free and vegan...


How to Help Extreme Picky Eaters with Melanie Potock

Extreme Picky Eaters Many children struggle with picky eating at one point or another, but now current research trends show us that for some little ones, who may be extreme picky eaters, it is not just a phase, but a recognized disorder. Extreme picky eating is often rooted in anxiety, and it is a disorder that can weigh on not just the parents and caregivers, but the whole family. Today, I want to bring you even more information and support for families with extreme picky eaters. As we...


Feeding Picky Eaters with Natalie Muth, MD, RD

Feeding Picky Eaters As parents, we feel a lot of responsibility to provide our children with nutritious food to boost their growth and development. But what happens when your child just won’t eat it? Most children will go through a picky stage at some time or other, and that can make mealtimes super stressful for mom and dad. If you find yourself cooking multiple meals, or fighting a daily battle with your child to eat something other than hot dogs, then this episode is for you! Today, I...


Milk Alternatives: Which Milk is Best for My Child?

Milk Alternatives: Which is Best? Take a walk down the dairy aisle and you’ll see a lot more than cow’s milk. You'll see plenty of milk alternatives: soy, almond, rice, hemp, and oat…the list goes on and on! If your family is dairy-free, these milk alternatives are becoming an important decision. You want what is best for your child, and especially for the little ones, drinks are often an important source of nutrients and calories. But where do you start? I know that choosing cow's milk or...


The Evolution of Sports Nutrition with Nancy Clark

Performance Nutrition is Evolving! For many families, the Fall season is now upon us, and it is more important than ever that we are feeding our young athletes well. With so much conflicting advice out there, how do we really know what is best for our young ones? What foods will best fuel their long weeks of practice and away games? I have invited none other than Nancy Clark onto the show this week. Nancy is the authority on sports dietetics. She is the best-selling author of Nancy Clark’s...


The Mind of a Champion & Coach with Dan Walsh

Think Like a Champion Let's get into the mind of a champion. How do champions think? And how can your young athlete think like a champion? I wanted to pick the brain of someone who's been an elite athlete and taken it "all the way." Dan Walsh is a former US National Rower and an Olympian. I invited Dan to come on the show because I’ve always been impressed with his attention to nutrition. As a coach, Dan hammers home the importance of nutrition for training and competition and sends the...


TNC 039: Smarter Lunchrooms with Brian Wansink

Smarter Lunchrooms My two oldest went back to college last week, and my high schoolers head back to school this week. Back to school always feels like the New Year to me! In this episode, I am continuing with the theme of school lunch and tapping Brian Wansink for his perspective, particularly in the area of Smarter Lunchrooms. Brian is the Director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, where he is a leading expert in changing eating behavior – both on individual level and on a...


TNC 038: School Nutrition Today with Donna Martin

School Nutrition Today I’m so excited to have Donna Martin, RD on the show today to talk about school nutrition. She is the School Nutrition Director for the Burke County School system in Waynesboro, GA and also the President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for the present year (2017-2018). Donna and I talk about school nutrition, breaking down the basics around the school lunch program, the strengths of the program, where we’ve been, how far we’ve come, and where the school...


TNC 037: Lead, Breastfed Toddlers & Milk Allergy

Ask Jill: Lead in Baby Food & More I've been getting a few questions here and there, so I thought I'd devote a show to answering them! In this episode, I unpack the recent news about lead in baby food, clear the air on what breastfed toddlers need for nutrition during their second year of life, and answer a question about choosing the right milk for a child who has a milk allergy. What You Will Learn: The latest news on lead in baby food Which baby foods contain the most lead How to...


TNC 036: Cooking with Kids

Cooking with Kids Get kids cooking! We all know cooking with kids is a boon for helping build autonomy with food selection and eating, increase self-esteem, and encourage food knowledge. I chat with Jodi Danen, RD, creator of Create Kids Club, and dish on ways to keep family meals simple, get kids in the kitchen and more. What You Will Learn about Cooking with Kids: Why family meals are important Jodi's family meal approach (hint: super simple!) What Jodi serves for dessert How she gets...


TNC 035: 8 Tips to Help Your Child Snack Better

8 Tips to Snack Better Snacks. We love them...and we hate them. We want our kids to snack better. But, poor food choices and bad timing equal an unhealthy snacker. Just like you approach meals, you need a strategy to help your child snack better. With the average child snacking about 4 times per day -- and some children eating up to 10 times each day -- it's no wonder snacking contributes about 600 calories or 27% of their daily caloric intake. Today's episode details my 8 tips for helping...


TNC 034: Modern Management of Food Allergies in Children

Food Allergies in Children Let's talk about food allergies in children! A lot has been happening in this area – from new research findings, which have changed the way we introduce foods to our youngest children, to ground-breaking research in the treatment of food allergy. I asked Marion Groetch, a registered dietitian and food allergy expert located in New York City, to hop on the show today and give us all the latest and greatest updates and strategies for managing food allergies in...


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