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Planned, Prepped, and Productive: Real Food Cooking for Busy Moms
32 minutes | 6 days ago
Why Nutrition is so confusing
Do you want to make better food and health choices, but feel frustrated because nutrition is so confusing! I've been there, and I'm a dietitian. It's so hard to know the right choices to make to give us the best chance at a long, healthy, happy life, but I promise it's not as hard as it seems. Find out why nutrition is so confusing and then use that information to become a good judge of nutrition information and learn to make nutrition choices with confidence! Inside this episode we'll dig into the common misconceptions that make nutrition advice so confusing, and hopefully prove to you once and for all that you absolutely can make better choices for your family without it being stressful and overwhelming. Sources high BMIs are associated with an increase in risk in chronic diseaseweight loss not proven to be effective in preventing chronic disease risk in otherwise healthy obese individualsBMI and all-cause mortalitylong-term maintenance of weight-losslong-term effects of weight cycling or yo-yo dietingEffect of diet high in fruits and vegetableshealthy eating for blood sugar controlthe effect of dietary fiber on digestion
37 minutes | 13 days ago
Mental Health in the Kitchen
Do you feel like your responsibilities feeding yourself and feeding your family 3 square meals a day plus snacks brings out all of your worst negative feelings? You're not alone...there's a lot of resentment from moms about their kitchen responsibilities. But...did you know that the way you think about the kitchen has a direct effect on how you FEEL while you are in the kitchen? Yup, mental health in the kitchen is a thing and we're here to talk about it today! The cool thing about your mental health in the kitchen is that it totally goes both ways. So if you let negative, perfectionistic thoughts or unrealistic expectations creep in you're probably going to have a less than stellar experience. BUT if you recognize the power of a little meal planning and meal prep you can actually start to use the kitchen as a tool to improve your mental health instead of constantly being a place that you dread. This week I'm teaming up with Mallory Gleason of Mallory Jo Mindfulness (who also happens to be my sister) to discuss all things mental health in the kitchen. Mallory is a young adult who was tired of anxiety running her life. Through training her brain and her thoughts she found relief and she is eagerly sharing that with others on her platform @malloryjomindfulness as she trains to become a certified life coach. Inside the Mental Health in the Kitchen Episode of the podcast:How our expectations lay the foundation for how we will feel about cooking and meal prepSneaky ways perfectionism shows up (even if you don't think you fit the description of a perfectionist)What self-care *actually* looks like and why it's not as simple as bubble baths and chocolateHow a little meal planning can be the best thing you can do for YOU today
15 minutes | 20 days ago
Make-ahead cinnamon rolls 4 ways! (so you get to sleep in)
I don't think there are many people that would turn down a piping hot cinnamon roll, do you? But making them at the crack of dawn so you can enjoy them for brunch or breakfast? That's a drag for sure! That's why I tested 4 different methods for making cinnamon rolls ahead of time so you can have the best of both worlds. Listen on to find out HOW you can do it and which method will be the very best!Link to recipe: Make-Ahead Cinnamon Rolls 4 ways!
21 minutes | a month ago
How to meal prep teriyaki meatball stir-fry
Let's do a deep-dive into how to meal-prep a recipe, shall we? Any recipe can be meal-prepped in some way....and that my friends can save you loads of time when it comes to dinner-time and is the key to making you a meal-time master. Follow along with this episode where I'll tell you exactly how I meal prep this teriyaki meatball stir-fry to fit into my busy life. Want to make it yourself? You can find the recipe right here! Recipe: Teriyaki Meatball Stir-fry
30 minutes | a month ago
5 things to do to make your healthy eating habits stick
So you want to change your diet. You don't want to fail (again)...so what are you going to do? You know that doing the same thing and expecting different results is completely crazy talk, right? So what if this time you try something, different. Not something harder, just different. Listen now to find out the 5 ways you can make your healthy eating habits stick, like for good this time. Resources: Keystone Habits EpisodeHow to get in the right mindset to make dinner GET THE FEEDING YOUR FAMILY EBOOK! Use the code PODCAST10 for $10 off!
40 minutes | 2 months ago
The best hacks to meal plan & prep for a road trip
Today I want to welcome my amazing guest, Catherine Ryan Gregory of to and fro fam. Catherine is a family travel expert, and let me tell you, she definitely taught me a thing or to about meal prep & planning and made me more excited to travel with my young kids in the future. Catherine shares travel hacks and kid-friendly destinations to de-stress family travel. She founded the family travel website To & Fro Fam and is the author of Virtual Travel Activities for Kids and Road Trip Games & Activities for Kids.Inside this episode we are talking all about meal planning and meal prep for a road trip. Catherine's advice is real and gleaned from experience (she's a mom of two young girls herself, and is managing not only pickiness in her kids but some food intolerances as well, so she knows a thing or two about food. Inside this episode we talk about: >The real challenges facing families with young kids who WANT to travel, and actionable strategies to overcome these roadblocks. >Rocking cooler packing tips to ensure what you need is where you need it when you need it (bonus, your car won't double as a gigantic trash can anymore either)>How you can manage family preferences, intolerances, and hunger while also getting to enjoy a blend of eating out and in for a seamless food experience. >How you can manage your time to have food ready when it's needed without planning every single second of your vacation. >How you can meal prep a few things to make a world of difference in your vacation stress levels. This episode was so fun, and Catherine really knows her stuff! I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed chatting with her!Hopefully vacations are right around the corner friends, until next week happy (vacation) planning! (a girl can dream, right?)Resources: https://toandfrofam.com/freebies/https://toandfrofam.com/courses/Cooler packing tips https://toandfrofam.com/how-to-pack-a-cooler-for-camping/Didn't talk directly about this but would be helpful RE conversation on picky eaters https://toandfrofam.com/make-kids-eat-vacation/
19 minutes | 2 months ago
6 Things to minimize in the kitchen this new year
The time after the holidays can be stressful as you try to figure out how you ended up with so much stuff. Minimalism is a super hot topic, but we don't often talk about the things we could minimize in our minds or our lives as much as we talk about minimizing our stuff. This episode of the planned, prepped, & productive podcast will dive into all of these topics helping you find more peace at mealtime with a simple and minimal kitchen and a cleared up mindset. Featured Episodes: Everything you need to know about kitchen knivesThe top kitchen tools for meal prep
20 minutes | a month ago
4 secrets to mastering mealtime
Ever feel like there's something you're missing when it comes to meal time? Maybe it feels like you spend three times as long cooking as you plan on, or that the clean-up just never ends and it's not worth it. You've probably tried things to make it better, but in the end you're still as frustrated and burned out as ever from feeding your family. Well my friend, you are most definitely not alone. I've been there! Making meals every single night while simultaneously doing all of the other "mom" things can be enough to make anyone want to scream. Out of desperation (and because I couldn't afford to get takeout every night) I started to make changes and I discovered that it really is possible to work smarter and not harder in the kitchen. To do so you'll need to implement the 4 habits discussed in this episode! Listen in to see how your evening and mealtimes transform when you implement the habits! Resources: Master Mealtime WaitlistMealtime mindset worksheetThe 4 secrets to mastering mealtime guide
15 minutes | 2 months ago
5 ways to serve others with food this holiday season
Looking for a unique gift or a way to really serve those you love this holiday season? Food is a great way to show love and giving the gift of a home-cooked (or even storebought) meal during the busy Christmas season might be just the thing. Inside this episode we'll dig into why you might want to consider serving those you love more, why food is the perfect gift, and 5 unique ways you can serve others with food this season. Resources: In Helping others, you help yourselfFeeding America: Impact of Covid-19 on Food BanksHappy Money Saver: Freezer MealsReview of hellofreshHow to parbake breadWholefully-Soups in a jar
32 minutes | 3 months ago
Kitchen Organization with Longbourn Farm
I'm so excited to welcome my special guest to the podcast, Alli Kelley of Longbourn Farm. Alli is the creator of Longbourn Farm where she shares simple homemade recipes. She believes that family meals create special moments and those moments become treasured memories. In addition to tried-and-true kitchen favorites, she shares practical farm and garden tips for the hobby farmer or avid gardener.In this episode of the podcast we're chatting all about kitchen organization and how mastering kitchen organization can help you put homemade meals on the table more often, without stress. Alli also announces her new cookbook (available now!) full of homestyle slow cooker recipes (so naturally we had to throw some slow cooker tips in as well!) Inside this episode you'll find: >What keeps most moms from cooking more often>Why kitchen organization is the answer you didn't know you were looking for>The top 3 ways to get organized in your kitchen right now>How to utilize your slow cooker without settling for bland, mushy mealsLearn more about Alli and check out her resources here! At this link Alli offers: -Cooking at home course-The ultimate guide to keeping chickens-Garden consulting -Blog consulting And remember, you can get her cookbook here!
31 minutes | 3 months ago
Setting Boundaries for a more peaceful holiday season
The holidays are never quite what we envision. We want love, peace, and family togetherness, but so often we get stress, overwhelm, and drama. Part of the reason for that is because we need to tighten our boundaries. This episode will go over: -What boundaries are-Why they are important-How to effectively set boundaries-What specific holiday areas you might want to look at tightening your boundaries. Don't let the holidays get you down, instead feel like you did when you were a kid again by letting go of the unimportant things, and enjoying the things you actually do care about!
15 minutes | 3 months ago
4 ways you can cook a turkey to clear up space in your oven
Clear up oven space with one of these 4 unique ways to cook a turkey outside of the ovenLast year's podcast and post all about what to meal prep for Thanksgiving with FREE guide including recipes!Link to Post and Podcast: Make-ahead thanksgiving menu and timelineNotes on brining your turkey: wet brinedry brineTurkey Recipes: Deep-fried TurkeySmoked TurkeySmoked TurkeyPerfect electric roaster oven turkeyEquipment: turkey fryerpropane burnerturkey fryer kitscampchef pellet smokerroaster oven
37 minutes | 4 months ago
Mindset shifts to help you *actually* cook dinner even when you don't want to
The Feeding your Family EbookA comprehensive guide byRebecca Mudrick and Sarah Mahaffey of Shift for Health and Amanda Spackman of the Planned, Prepped, and Productive Podcast. Get your copy here! Use code PODCAST10 for $10 off! Hi everyone!This episode is an exciting interview with Rebecca Mudrick of Shift For HealthInside you'll hear: The number one problem facing individuals trying to cook more from home (and how to solve it)How to find your big why so you never lose focus againHow a mealtime mantra can help get you through even the most stressful days in the kitchenThe key to finding motivation even when you absolutely don't want to cook. Also in this episode we are announcing an exciting collaboration between the shift for health team and, yours truly! Rebecca Mudrick is a health geek turned health coach living in Columbus, Ohio. She’s a busy mom of 4 boys, Jeni’s ice cream lover, yoga teacher, and advocate of sustainable health goals rooted in moderation, instead of extremes. She loves helping her clients tackle issues that are holding them back and empowers them to make forward progress in smart, do-able ways . But most of all, she loves helping her clients see how they can shift their mindset to shape their lives in extraordinary ways.
13 minutes | 4 months ago
I tried hellofresh, here's what I thought!
Ever wonder what these box meal delivery services like hellofresh are all about?If you are a busy mom (uh...like all of us) and you are looking for mealtime solutions you are probably super curious if a box meal delivery kit could be the answer to all of your mealtime woes. Give this episode a listen to find out what it's good for, what it's not, and if it lives up to all the hype!
24 minutes | 4 months ago
A fill in the blank template for planning balanced meals
Meal planning can feel really daunting especially when we are trying to make sure our family is getting everything they need and there's so many conflicting messages. Listen to this episode for a fill in the blank template for planning your own balanced meals to take that part of the stress out of meal planning. Useful Links: meriam webster definitions of healthyRead: #16 The 5 Powerful reasons we eat that aren’t nutritionPodcast on being being considerate but not cateringRead: Decision fatigue: what it is and how to overcome it
22 minutes | 5 months ago
How to preserve your summer harvest (without canning)
Love gardening, but hate figuring out how to care for all that produce when it's ready? This episode details 3 ways to preserve your summer harvest without canning!Listen in and get confident about taking care of your produce instead of overwhelmed by the abundance of it all! Helpful Resources: Cold storage chart for fruits and vegetablesRoot Cellars 101 – Root Cellar Design, Use and Mistakes to AvoidEat by Date (Resource for determining how long foods last)How to cure vegetablesHow to Dry Vegetables in the OvenFreezer Storage Chart
19 minutes | 5 months ago
How to make beautiful gourmet caramel apples
Caramel apple making is one of those activities that always seems fun, but in reality is just a huge mess and you end up with caramel apples that look like your 5 year old made them (hey, you can blame them, I won't tell)But after years of trial and error I've learned all the tips and tricks for making caramel apples that taste amazing, are made from scratch, AND look like you could have purchased them from your local candy shop!Try these methods on for yourself or throw a party this year! So fun and you won't regret it! Resources: Candy thermometerHomemade caramel apple recipe
22 minutes | 6 months ago
How to feed your whole family the same meal (without whining, crying, and complaining)
Many parents are frustrated that they can't get their kids to eat what they make, or they end up making a bunch of different meals every night to meet everyone's needs. If this is you, find out how you can end the cycle with the 8 ways to make one meal for your whole family discussed in this episode of the podcast! This one's a game-changer! Resources: Ellyn Satter division of responsibility and considerate without cateringcacfp guidelines for serving children
22 minutes | 6 months ago
The secret to making beautiful layer cakes without stress
Ever wonder how the pros make those beautiful layered cakes?It's actually so much easier than you think. Find out how you can become a master baker yourself with all the tips and tricks in this episode. Resources: How Sugar and Salt inhibit microbial growthMarshmallow Fondant RecipeStabilized Whipped CreamMeringue PowderFox cake inspiration
15 minutes | 6 months ago
How to foster great dinnertime conversation with kids
If you're like most moms, good conversation is the last thing you are thinking about at dinner time. Instead you are thinking about how to get your kids to stay in their seats, eat their dinner, and finally get in their beds so you can relax. But what if good conversation is what your meals are missing and what can help you actually enjoy mealtime instead of just getting through it? Listen to this episode to find out how you can find more peace and bonding at mealtime through positive dinnertime conversation. Resources: The division of responsibility feeding childrenHow to make family meal time happen (realistically)FREE download 40 questions to ask your family at mealtime
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