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Episode 54: How We Talk with our Kids about Junk Food

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Junk food. So delicious. So fun. So… controversial? We attempt to define junk food and, well, kinda fail. Because even “health” foods are processed. And some empty calories aren’t particularly bad for you in moderation (looking at you, butter). And condiments or alcohol: where do they fit in?

In the end, all food exists on a nutritional continuum and where you draw your line has to do with personal factors that cause us to land in all different places. So where does this conversation net out? We share where each of us lands, why we land there (including acknowledging our hypocrisies), and how we talk to our kids about junk food in hopes that exposing it all gives you food for thought — you know, the nourishing kind.

This week’s episode is made possible by MadeGood Foods and Cabot Cheese. Thank you for supporting the brands that support us!

Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk

Hummus meal at Dizengoff | Photo: Anna Dickson for Zagat

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In the Eye of the Beholder


No matter what your definition of junk food or where you draw your lines when it comes to eating it or feeding it to your kids, no conversation about junk food is complete without sharing your favorite junk food indulgences. (Or maybe share with us why we shouldn’t think about it as an indulgence?!) And admitting that you’re snobby about certain junk foods.

Another thing we want to know: What junk food did you love as a kid that disappoints you now?!

All of this — and more — will be talked about in our private Listeners’ Group, which you can access via the Didn’t I Just Feed You Facebook page.

And while you’re finding us on social, be sure to follow us on Instagram as well: @didntijustfeedyou. You can also find Stacie as @staciebillis and Meghan as @meghan_splawn.

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This weeks’ episode is brought to you in part by MadeGood Foods

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Cheese Me!

This week’s episode is brought to you in part by Cabot Cheese

From a sustainable B-corp to high-quality cheeses and dairy products at affordable supermarket prices - here are all the reasons we love Cabot Cheese | Didn't I Just Feed You, a food podcast for parents (even the ones who don't love to cook)

We both love cheese. Like LOVE it. it’s not just delicious but also a fantastically easy way to add flavor to anything from tacos to casseroles to sandwiches. It’s also a no-brainer source of protein for kids and the entire family.

That’s why we love Cabot Cheese so much. Not only do Cabot cheeses hit all of those marks, but they’re also high-quality dairy at affordable prices. No specialty market (or specialty market price tags) required!

Plus, Cabot is a 100-year-old co-operative owned by farm families throughout New England and New York. 100% of profits go back to the farmers. How cool is that?!

 All Cabot cheddars are 100% naturally lactose-free, naturally aged, and naturally gluten free too. And they come in blocks, pre-sliced, and pre-shredded, convenience you know we love.

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I Love It


In this episode, Stacie shares her new favorite granola butter, which she’s kinda freaking out about, it’s so good. School safe Kween Granola Butters were created by Ali Bonar (@avokween) as a healthy, tasty source of quality fats without a ton of sugar, and with just 3g sugar but a perfectly sweet flavor, she succeeds. Go to the site to learn more and buy your own stash.

Meghan talk more about her new planner, which is not just cute and practical, it also soothes her. Listen to learn more about why it’s so great!

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