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Conversations covering hot topics in the world of health, food and family with a dose of fun. Helping families ease their way into a new fresh and healthy world.

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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.6 • 26 Ratings

Conversations covering hot topics in the world of health, food and family with a dose of fun. Helping families ease their way into a new fresh and healthy world.

    Sports Nutrition for Kids and Teens

    Sports Nutrition for Kids and Teens

    On this episode of the Healthy Family Project Podcast, we're joined by Tony Castillo, a sports and performance dietitian who helps athletes perform at their best without fad diets and unnecessary supplements. Tony brought his expertise to the podcast to talk all things sports nutrition for kids and teens while dispelling a lot of popular myths. Tony shared tried and true nutrition practices, insight on what to eat before and after big games, and what to look for in supplements.
    On this episode of the Healthy Family Project Podcast, we're joined by Tony Castillo, a sports and performance dietitian who helps athletes perform at their best without fad diets and unnecessary supplements. Tony brought his expertise to the podcast to talk all things sports nutrition for kids and teens while dispelling a lot of popular myths. Tony shared tried and true nutrition practices, insight on what to eat before and after big games, and what to look for in supplements.

    • 34 min
    Sports Psychologist Tips For Supporting Your Teen Athlete's Mental Health

    Sports Psychologist Tips For Supporting Your Teen Athlete's Mental Health

    On this episode of the Healthy Family Project Podcast, we're joined by Dr. Neff, a licensed clinical sports psychologist, to talk about young athletes and their mental health. While there's a lot of fun and joy in kid and teen sports, it can also create stress and anxiety. Dr. Neff shared lots of amazing insights and tips to help us tackle mental health in a proactive way that helps kids and teens build their mental fitness and creates environments where they can feel safe working through their feelings and managing their anxiety around sports.


    What We Cover:
    Want to skip straight to a hot topic? See timestamps below. But of course, we recommend listening all the way through to get all the great tips and tricks!

    2:49 Welcome, Dr. Neff! 7:36 What can families do to be proactive about mental health? 13:06 Tactics for building mental fitness 10:32 Travel hacks most people overlook 19:36 Tips for transitioning to different levels of sports 27:06 What's a normal level of stress? What red flags to look for? 34:16 How to help our kids deal with injuries 40:27 How to help kids accept disappointment in a healthy way 44:16 How can parents keep emotions under control?

    Relevant Links
    Check out Dr. Neff's website, Inner Edge Dr. Neff discusses the mind body connection in sports, Neck-Up Training Cuban Ballerina Podcast Episode Top Nutrition Tips for Young Athletes Healthy Sport Snacks for Kids Tips to Ease Back to School Anxiety Foods That Help Reduce Anxiety
    Other Podcast Episodes to Check Out:
    Episode 74: Talking to Your Teen About Mental Health Episode 35: Helping Kids Make Good Choices Episode 40: Meditation Benefits for Kids
    As a mom with a preteen and teen who have been active in sports for most of their lives, this topic is near and dear to me. I often think about how we as parents can tow the line between encouraging our kids to work hard and gain all the lessons to be gained from the dedication required in sports while also ensuring we don't apply undue pressure that leads to added stress and anxiety.

    Lots of parents in our Facebook group had tons of questions about this topic and it was great to have an expert in sports psychology on the podcast to walk us through how we can help our active kids work on their mental fitness.

    Mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness when it comes to sports. Dr. Neff reinforced the importance of being proactive versus reactive when it comes to mental health. This involves being an active listener, creating a safe space where our kids can feel comfortable talking about their feelings, helping to guide them to come up with solutions, and keeping an eye out for red flags.

    While there's so much joy in seeing our kids do well and celebrate a big win, disappointments are also inevitable and Dr. Neff helped guide us through how to navigate deterring a negative headspace after injuries or disappointments.

    As parents and caregivers, we also play a big role in this. Dr. Neff covered simple ways we can be supportive and avoid our own emotional outbursts that only add to our kid's anxiety. Something as simple as a hand gesture from across the field can help to ease anxiety in a stressful moment and help our kids to refocus.

    About Our Guest, Dr. Neff

    Dr. Rick Neff is a Licensed Clinical & Sports Psychologist, and the owner and founder of Inner-Edge, LLC. A former college baseball player, and standout three sport athlete in high school, he is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in developing performance mindset. Through his extensive study and integration of clinical and sports psychology, neuroscience, and mindfulness, Dr. Neff has become known as the "Yoda" of mental skills training.

    His ability to connect with players and develop trusting relationships sets him apart. Dr. Neff worked with players who have gone on to play at Duke, Oregon, Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina, Michigan State, Texas

    • 50 min
    Tech Tips & Apps That Make Life Easier

    Tech Tips & Apps That Make Life Easier

    On this episode of the Healthy Family Project Podcast, we're joined by Jennifer Johnstone Lopez to chat all things tech and how we can use apps, platforms, and cool gadgets to make life easier! Jennifer is a wealth of knowledge and shared tons of apps she uses to maximize her limited free time and be super efficient when it comes to things like everyday tasks, meal planning, house chores and more.

    One recurring thread in so many of my conversations with friends, colleagues and fellow parents is too many to-dos and not enough time. When you're juggling a million responsibilities, it's natural to want to find tools to help but it can be difficult to wade through the crazy amount of options available. We're here to offer a great foundation for lots of pain points we face in our everyday lives like efficient meal planning, staying on top of tasks, and managing our homes.

    Our guest, Jennifer, is the definition of techy and she's tested tons of apps and different systems to bring us the creme of the crop when it comes to tech tips and apps that make life easier. Plus, she offered some really great insight on digital decluttering. It's not enough to find the right apps, but also cut down on all the noise by eliminating the ones that aren't serving you. This cuts down on the app overload!

    What We Cover:
    Want to skip straight to a hot topic? See timestamps below. But of course, we recommend listening all the way through to get all the great tips and tricks!

    2:14 Get to know Jennifer 4:48 What technology have you come to rely on as a parent? 6:27 Task management apps and platform 11:30 Jennifer's favorite home automation tools and apps 16:10 Self-care app recommendation 18:35 How to cut through the noise & avoid "digital clutter" 26:50 Tips for managing the overload of photos we have on our phones 32:34 Apple Air Tags 39:01 Jennifer's books 42:56 What does a healthy family mean to you?
    Relevant Links
    Follow Jennifer on Instagram Check out Any.do Monday.com Plan to Eat app MamaZen app Find a virtual assistant on Upwork or Fiverr Apple AirTag (affiliate link) Time Timer for Kids (affiliate link) Jennifer's first book: Why I Cried: Tales from Hysterical Pregnant Women (affiliate link) 13 of the Best Apps for Parents
    Other Podcast Episodes to Check Out:
    Episode 46: Keeping Kids Safe Online Episode 64: Tips to Declutter Your Home Episode 72: How to Create a No-Stress Dinner Plan
    About Our Guest, Jennifer Johnstone Lopez

    Jennifer Johnstone Lopez is a mother of three, Cameron (3), Caroline (2) & Carly (1), and wife to a serial entrepreneur, Ricky. She is also an international award-winning digital marketer, and co-founder and managing partner of Jalapeño Digital, a 7-figure ad agency lovingly deemed her “fourth child.” Jennifer loves to cook, entertain and tell stories. Why I Cried: Tales from Hysterical Pregnant Women is her debut (hilarious) book, though she is credited with many other published works including articles and blogs in her field, as well as poetry dating back to 2002. Much of the proceeds from the book go back to supporting Postpartum Support International (psi.org). In 2022, she is slated to publish the next book in the series called "Why I Laughed: Tales from Talkative Toddlers"

    Jennifer's mission is to help women see the joy in pregnancy & motherhood. To remind them to take time to breathe, laugh at themselves, laugh with their kids and find camaraderie among other moms, encouraging them to build a strong tribe. Also, since she has a background in digital marketing, she is up to speed on a lot of tech that mothers might not even know exists, and loves sharing all about tech resources that simplify motherhood - everything from apps to getting a load of laundry done, to the best resources out there to meal plan and prep.

    • 46 min
    Budget Travel Hacks

    Budget Travel Hacks

    On this episode of the Healthy Family Project Podcast, we're joined by Lauren Gay to chat all things budget travel. Lauren is a travel writer, podcaster and social media influencer who is passionate about inspiring and empowering black women to step out of their comfort zones for new experiences in travel and adventure. She joined us to share tons of tips that make travel accessible for all budgets including how to save on airfare, take advantage of reward systems, and tips for working with travel agents.
     

    Summer break is here and we could all use a vacation! Inflation is driving price increases in all industries especially travel, but there are lots of ways to save and still be able to enjoy a much-needed family getaway. We're so excited to have Lauren Gay, creator of Misadventures of an Outdoorsy Diva Blog, join us to share all her top budget travel hacks.

    With a little flexibility and planning, families can enjoy a variety of trips from exploring the national parks to embarking on international adventures. Lauren walked us through what type of trips are best for families looking to keep budget top of mind plus how to take advantage of reward systems to score free hotel nights or reduced airfare prices. All of these hacks add up to tons of savings & ensure you get the best bang for your buck! Tune in below to get all of Lauren's trips and hear about her favorite trips to date!

    What We Cover:
    Want to skip straight to a hot topic? See timestamps below. But of course, we recommend listening all the way through to get all the great tips and tricks!

    2:14 Get to know Lauren 4:22 Lauren's favorite trip 7:38 What are some of the most affordable vacations for families? 10:32 Travel hacks most people overlook 14:12 How to find a travel agent? 19:04 What are some of the best ways to save on airfare? 25:42 Lauren's top travel tip 32:24 What does a healthy family mean to you?
    Relevant Links
    Check out Lauren's website, Outdoorsy Diva Follow Lauren on Instagram and Facebook Listen to Lauren's Podcast New York Times - Feeling the Squeeze? How to Be a Thrifty Traveler as Prices Soar 10 Best U.S. National Parks Registered Dietitians Guide to Eating Healthy While Traveling Groupon Getaways
    Other Podcast Episodes to Check Out:
    Episode 78: Tips From A Dietitian On How To Shop Healthy On A Budget Episode 68: Buying Organic - What you Need to Know Episode 66: Small Garden, Big Environmental Impact

    About Our Guest, Lauren Gay

    Lauren Gay is the creator of Misadventures of an Outdoorsy Diva Blog,  host/producer of the award winning Adventure Is A Lifestyle Podcast, published photographer, speaker, consultant, on-air TV travel expert, and adventure coach.  She is a travel writer and social media influencer who is passionate about inspiring and empowering black women to step out of their comfort zones for new experiences in travel and adventure and embracing nature as therapy.  Lauren is also an empty nest mom and a dedicated long time advocate for racial diversity and inclusion in outdoor recreation and adventure travel and a founding member of the Black Travel Alliance.

    • 37 min
    What is Fair Trade?

    What is Fair Trade?

    On this episode of the Healthy Family Project Podcast, we’re joined by Kim Chackal to get a crash course on all things Fair Trade. You may have heard the term or seen the label on a coffee package, but what does it mean? Kim breaks down what the Fairtrade label means, how much more expensive are Fairtrade products, and how Fairtrade agreements help farmers.
     
    These days, there are so many labels and buzzwords on food packaging, it’s hard to decipher what they all mean. One label that you’ve probably seen or heard of is the Fairtrade label. The most common fair trade commodities are coffee, sugar, tea, chocolate, and bananas. We were lucky enough to be joined by Kim Chackal to pick her brain and get the 101 on all things Fairtrade.
     
    Fairtrade is a global movement that seeks to create standards in the production and supply of certain products. The overall goal is to foster equitable trading partnerships based on transparency and sustainability. Fairtrade partnerships protect the farmers, ensuring they receive fair prices and have safe working conditions.
     
    About Our Guest, Kim Chackal
    Kim is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Equifruit. Over the past 7 years, she has established Equifruit as the Canadian market leader for Fairtrade bananas and her sights are set on global Fairtrade domination. 
    Her fearless and bold approach is making waves in the produce industry.  In 2021, Kim was recognized as “Produce Person of the Year” by the Ontario Produce Marketing Association. With 20 years of sales experience, she loves challenging people to rethink their consumption habits and consider Fairtrade as a sustainable solution in produce.
     
    What We Cover: Want to skip straight to a hot topic? See timestamps below. But of course, we recommend listening all the way through to get all the great tips and tricks!
    3:20 Get to know Kim 5:25 What is Fairtrade? 11:25 Common Fairtrade items 12:16 How much more expensive are Fairtrade products? 17:00 Fairtrade bananas 19:50 Fairtrade chocolate 21:40 The future of Fairtrade 25:38 What does a healthy family mean to you? Relevant Links Equifruit FairTrade Month Fairtrade America Why fair trade? Follow Equifruit on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube & Tik Tok Other Podcast Episodes to Check Out: Episode 78: Tips From A Dietitian On How To Shop Healthy On A Budget Episode 68: Buying Organic – What you Need to Know Episode 66: Small Garden, Big Environmental Impact Healthy Family Project Facebook Group Join our Healthy Family Project Facebook group! This group will serve as a safe space for parents and caregivers to talk all about raising a healthy family – from dealing with a picky eater and tips to get more fruits and veggies onto plates to exercising as a family and mental health. We welcome all of you to join in!
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    Healthy Family Project Podcast Conversations covering hot topics in the world of health, food and family with a dose of fun. Helping families ease their way into a new fresh and healthy world.
    Be on the lookout for new bi-weekly episodes and don’t forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or your favorite podcasting site. If you like an episode, make sure to leave a rating and comment.
    If you are interested in being a guest on the Healthy Family Project podcast, contact amanda@healthyfamilyproject.com with your topic idea for consideration.

    • 30 min
    Dietitian Tips to Shop Healthy on a Budget

    Dietitian Tips to Shop Healthy on a Budget

    It’s hard to ignore the rising costs of food, gas, and basic household items. Families are feeling the burden of inflation especially when it comes to grocery bills. Jackie Vega joined us to share tons of money-saving tips, dinner hacks, how to repurpose leftovers and tips for shopping your pantry.

    As a dietitian, Jackie works with tons of clients who are looking to add more nutritious meals to their rotations while having to keep budget top of mind. She's helped hundreds of families find that sweet spot that allows them to stay within their monthly allotted budget for food without sacrificing nutrious ingredients.


    The tips shared during this episode can go a long to maximizing your monthly budget while still enjoying your family’s favorite dinners and ingredients. Jackie shared a lot of hacks that also cut down on food waste, ultimately saving you money and reducing your carbon footprint. 

    Jackie and Amanda also shared some key fridge organization tips. While a stocked refrigerator might look nice and seem ideal, it’s so easy to forget about leftovers or neglect your produce bin and end up with lots of food waste. With a few tweaks to your shopping habits, easy adjustments to your menu and making saving a team effort, there’s lots you can do to make the most of your grocery haul and cut your grocery bill. 
    About Our Guest, Jackie Vega
    Jackie is a registered dietitian, ACE-certified personal trainer, wife, and mom of two. She is the founder of the Wellness Solution where she offers guidance to her clients on all things health and fitness.
    Jackie recently launched the Busy Moms Kitchen podcast where she invites you into her kitchen to listen in on conversations about life as busy moms, reaching health and fitness goals and other things that only you and your girlfriends will understand.
    What We Cover:
    Want to skip straight to a hot topic? See timestamps below. But of course, we recommend listening all the way through to get all the great tips and tricks!

    2:51 Get to know Sarah! 2:25 welcome back, Jackie! 4:57 how to save on your grocery bill  7:57 Jackie’s top 3 ideas for cutting food costs 16:50 Refrigerator organization tips 19:21 How to maximize your budget   21:26 how to make saving a family effort  23:27 how to think in bulk 26:02 Meal planning  28:26 themed dinner nights  33:16 loyalty programs 
    Relevant Links
    Listen to Jackie’s Podcast – The Busy Mom’s Kitchen Follow Jackie on Instagram & Facebook 35 Healthy Pantry Staple Recipes Free Printable Meal Planner Grocery Shopping Tips to Save Money on Fresh Produce 5 Tips for Grocery Shopping on a Budget 7 Tips to Reduce Food Waste & Save Money
     

    Other Podcast Episodes to Check Out:
    Episode 27: Grocery Shopping on a Budget Episode 72: How to Create a No Stress Dinner Plan Episode 18: How Families can Reduce Food Waste

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

malfoxley ,

Great show!

Amanda, host of the Healthy Family Project podcast, highlights all aspects of parenting and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

Jackie Vega ,

Real talk for parents and caregivers.

Amanda has had some amazing guests share there expertise and experience. What these guests share will truly help you on your quest towards a healthy family that stays healthy through generations. And thank YOU Amanda for giving me several opportunities to share my experience as a mom and expertise as a dietitian to your podcast audience. 💕

Stacey Shapiro ,

Informative and interesting podcast!

Amanda Keefer, host of the Healthy Family Project podcast, highlights all aspects of family health, nutrition and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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