Posts in wellness
Episode 54: How We Talk With Our Kids About Junk Food

Junk food. So delicious. So fun. So… controversial? We attempt to define junk food and, well, kinda fail. Because 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.

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Episode 52: When should kids try coffee? The DL on Caffeine, Kids, Tweens & Teens.

Coffee fuels our parenting. We drink it hot, cold, and re-warmed in the microwave, and the kids are watching. How do our habits impact our kids’ interest in coffee and caffeine? And what about our collective obsession with Starbucks? The kids are right there with us and Starbucks has answers in the way of frappes, flavored steam milk, and unicorn sips.

This week, Stacie’s 12-year-old son joins us to share what he knows about caffeine, his coffee drink consumption, and why he and his peers are so fanatically interest in (crazy sugary) Frappuccinos.

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Episode 44: It's Okay If You Want to Lose Weight. And If You Don't Too.

Trigger warning: This episode contains discussion of weight loss, experiences with disordered eating, and other sensitive topics related to dieting and diet culture.

We’re kicking off the summer season with bikini body talk! When we recently confided in each other that we feel guilty —and even like bad feminists — for wanting to lose weight, we realized it was time to talk. In this week’s episode, we chat about body positivity, Intuitive Eating, Healthy At Every Size, and the anti-diet movement (or are they movements?), and how we reconcile each with our privilege, desires, and motherhood.

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Episode 37: Mommy Juice Culture and Sleepover Dinner Ideas

Inspired by our IRL time together (including a sleepover), we dig into sleepover dinner ideas and ways to make cooking for a gaggle of kids easier. We also touch on “Mommy Juice” culture, because who doesn’t joke about escaping to a big ol’ glass of wine after taking care of kids all day — and into night. Well, lots of people, including sober parents. So is the whole “Mommy Juice” trope problematic, or are we taking things too seriously? This time, we have a strong opinion. #SorryNotSorry

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Episode 36: The Invisible Work of Feeding a Family

We almost titled this "53 Minutes of Meghan Complaining," but agree with writer Cleo Wade: Complaints have no magic. Still, we have a lot to say about the weight that comes with the responsibility of feeding our families—and we have a hunch we're not alone. That's why it feels important to have this conversation. So here it is, but with only the complaints that lead to compassion and helpful ideas. Because the real magic happens when families—kids included!—find some semblance of balance that works for them, whatever that might be.

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Episode 33: Spice Up Your Family's Food with Chief Spice Mama, Kanchan Koya

“What is the best way to teach the world of spices to young ones?” is not only a question we ponder often, but an actual question that came from our listener’s group a few weeks ago. Luckily, we’ve got an in with the Chief Spice Mama. This week we explore the spices in our kitchens with renewed vigor and insight after talking with Kanchan Koya.

Spices — dried and ground or even fresh herbs and aromatics — are actual magic ingredients just sitting in our cabinets ready to make vegetables taste better, to add flavor without extra fat or sugar, and more. Here’s how we’re spicing up our families food with just a handful of ingredients and without a bunch of fussy recipes.

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Episode 24: Which "Healthy" Foods Live Up to the Label.

Ever heard of the “health halo”? This week, we break down the idea that a food is healthy just because a single claim of healthfulness can be made about it. Are those cookies healthy because they’re made with organic sweet potato? Maybe — but also maybe not. It depends on a lot more than just the sweet potato.

Dietician Katie Morford of Mom’s Kitchen Handbook weighs in on issues like how to quickly read food labels & whether hiding veggies is worth it as we try to figure out which foods live up to the labels they’re given. Not to determine if they’re “good” or “bad,” but to figure out their rightful place in our families’ diet — and in our grocery budgets too!

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Episode 20: Easy Homemade Food Gifts + More Ways to Holiday Like a Boss

There’s no escaping the holiday onslaught now! So this week, we do our part to keep it all from feeling overwhelming by helping you take charge of how you want the next month to look.

We pull out our kitchen expertise to share tons of suggestions for easy homemade food gifts that will save you time and money, and also our fastest, simplest family meals that you can whip up when you’re super exhausted thanks to all of the extra stuff you have to take care of this month. Basically: We share ideas and shortcuts that will help you take care of yourself so that you can holiday like a boss.

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Episode 16: The Real Reasons We Cook With Our Kids

You like tomato and I like tomahto. Let's call the whole thing off. But if we call the whole thing off, that might break my heart!

Gershwin and Gershwin weren’t talking about sugar, but we are. Because whether you’re using honey or maple syrup, granulated white sugar or turbinado, it’s kind of all the same to your body. Or is it? In the last of our three-part series on the sweet stuff, we call on baking expert, Shauna Sever to find out, and also to learn more about how to use them effectively to keep sweets in our life smartly — and still tasting great.

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Episode 14: How to Make Crave-Worthy Treats with Natural Sugars

You like tomato and I like tomahto. Let's call the whole thing off. But if we call the whole thing off, that might break my heart!

Gershwin and Gershwin weren’t talking about sugar, but we are. Because whether you’re using honey or maple syrup, granulated white sugar or turbinado, it’s kind of all the same to your body. Or is it? In the last of our three-part series on the sweet stuff, we call on baking expert, Shauna Sever to find out, and also to learn more about how to use them effectively to keep sweets in our life smartly — and still tasting great.

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Episode 13: Who's Messing With Our Kids More: Sugar? Or Parents?

Not sure how to manage sugar in your house? Press play now. Because if there’s one episode from which you’ll walk away with a blueprint to take action, this is the one.

In our second of three episodes exploring sugar, renowned child nutrition expert Jill Castle brings her magic as a long-time expert and mom of four. Every bit of what Jill says is shared mom-to-mom, yet still manages to be a concrete expert tip shared without judgement. Even when Stacie decides she hasn’t been handling dessert well — for years. But it’s cool, because Jill walks her through what to do. And shares plenty of tips so that you’ll walk away with a plan of what to do too.

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Episode 12: The Beast Hiding In Your Pantry

There’s something terrible lurking in our pantries. And you bought it knowingly. Even worse? It’s hiding in other foods you bought, too, some of which you may be aware of, but many of which you aren’t. Creepy, right? Even creepier is that some people consider it poison. Even worse, our kids — our precious BABIES — are addicted to it. It’s SUGAR!

Okay, we admit we’re being a bit sarcastic, but it’s easy to get worked up about about sugar. There is a tremendous amount of information pointing to it being terrible for us and especially for our kids’ growing bodies. But is that really true: Is sugar really that bad? In this episode, we kick off a three-part series to learn more.

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