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Chicago's expert pediatric dietitian teams up with experienced teacher and culinary coach to bring you honest, informative and entertaining episodes on everything you need to know to raise healthy eaters.

During this 12 episode series, you will get to know our hosts, pediatric nutrition expert Betsy Hjelmgren and culinary coach and teacher Jen Karakosta, as they share their personal experiences as moms and delve into a variety of issues, including: how kids’ nutritional needs differ from adults, setting up an environment for successful family meals, prevention and solutions for the basic picky eater, getting your kids more involved and interested in food and nutrition, and more.

Both moms have worked and practiced in the field of food and nutrition for nearly 20 years. Their conversational, humorous banter will keep you engaged and coming back for more!

Feed to Succeed Podcast Betsy Hjelmgren and Jen Karakosta

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9, 24 Ratings

Chicago's expert pediatric dietitian teams up with experienced teacher and culinary coach to bring you honest, informative and entertaining episodes on everything you need to know to raise healthy eaters.

During this 12 episode series, you will get to know our hosts, pediatric nutrition expert Betsy Hjelmgren and culinary coach and teacher Jen Karakosta, as they share their personal experiences as moms and delve into a variety of issues, including: how kids’ nutritional needs differ from adults, setting up an environment for successful family meals, prevention and solutions for the basic picky eater, getting your kids more involved and interested in food and nutrition, and more.

Both moms have worked and practiced in the field of food and nutrition for nearly 20 years. Their conversational, humorous banter will keep you engaged and coming back for more!

    Milk - Cow, Soy, Almond, and More! How to Choose, with Amanda

    Milk - Cow, Soy, Almond, and More! How to Choose, with Amanda

    Join Betsy and Amanda for an in-depth and informative discussion on milk, milk-substitute, and nutrition. What is the best option for you and your family? Why does almond milk seem to have more calcium than cow's milk (but really doesn't!) Is cow, almond, or soy better? Or is cow's milk really an acceptable healthy choice? All these answers, plus more are awaiting you in this info-packed episode!

    • 26 min
    Sports Nutrition with Teams Elite Teen Athletes - An Interview

    Sports Nutrition with Teams Elite Teen Athletes - An Interview

    How does a team of elite athletes fuel themselves before practice? What about after practice? And what do they do for hydration? These five teens joined our program during an energetic carpool, on the way to a distant practice, to bring you their tips and favorite foods for fueling for their sport. Listen in for different perspectives and ideas, and see if there is something you can try for yourself!

    • 21 min
    Milk for Hydration and Sports

    Milk for Hydration and Sports

    Join Betsy and Amanda on a lively scientific discussion about milk, as they review its use for both basic hydration and for athletes before and after workouts! Review and hone your understanding of milk and its sugar content, as well as the nutrient density of different milk substitutes. Are there benefits to adults who drink milk? Listen in for more details about milk and its relation to disease in adults from a recent study published in November.

    • 38 min
    Sports Nutrition - Protein and Teen Athletes

    Sports Nutrition - Protein and Teen Athletes

    Melanie Battaglia, a dietitian, sports nutrition resident, and former college athlete, speaks with Betsy by phone from Texas, on this informative episode about teen athletes' protein and energy needs. Melanie shares food ideas including a smoothie recipe, to help teen athletes meet the demands for both strength, endurance, and growth! Do you know if trail mix is an adequate protein for an athlete? Betsy didn't! Listen in to this recording for all that plus more!

    • 34 min
    Teen Sports Nutrition with Guest Athlete Alyssa Hjelmgren

    Teen Sports Nutrition with Guest Athlete Alyssa Hjelmgren

    Betsy Hjelmgren interviews special guest, synchronized ice skater, Alyssa Hjelmgren, from Northbrook's very own Teams Elite Synchronized Skating Team. Betsy and Alyssa discuss sports nutrition topics, including hydration, and the "Athlete's Plate", including how Alyssa has utilized these resources to improve her endurance and stamina during tough practices and competitions. Alyssa shares her personal tips on what works and what helps for early morning practice and managing eating through nerves.

    • 28 min
    Feed to Succeed News, and Eating "Perfectly"

    Feed to Succeed News, and Eating "Perfectly"

    Betsy is back, and bringing you a Thanksgiving episode and news about Feed to Succeed and where we have been these past few months. Listen in as she chats with newest team member, Meredith Estes. And what does it mean to eat "perfectly"? Or do anything perfectly, for that matter? Are we striving for that? How does one find the balance between good enough and being neurotic? How do we protect our children from body shame and unhealthy relationships with food? Share your thoughts and strategies with us.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Undercoverbabe ,

Wow

I just listened to your episode with the pediatric neurologist with the son the was diagnosed with celiacs and EoE. I just want to say thank you and how amazing that was! My 10 year old was diagnosed with Celiac on May 4, 2017. When they did his scope they also found and diagnosed him with EoE. It’s so neat listening to someone else with both. I have not met anyone else that has both medical issues. It has been a change for sure for our family but it’s been really neat listening to her and her perspective.

Lara Olson

C. Adam B. ,

GREAT STUFF!!!!!!

Absolute best podcast I have ever heard. Betsy hits the nail on the head. We have a variety of uniquely different issues with all of our children ranging from allergies to downright pickiness and Betsy does an unbelievable job offering excellent advice on how to deal with a multitude of challenges.

LauraOliver ,

My new favorite

MY NEW FAVORITE PODCAST! There is so much misinformation out there, so it's nice to know that I can trust your advice! Thank you for all y'all do!

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