Family Meals – Why and How

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Jen and Betsy dive into family meals – ups and downs, challenges, and how to overcome some of the most common obstacles such as time, frequency and benefits of making time to sit down together a few times a week.

Cream of Tomato Soup (mentioned in the episode)


2 Tablespoons Butter
¼ Cup Onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons Flour
¼ Cup Milk
¾ Cup Chicken or vegetable broth
½ Bay leaf
½ Teaspoon Sugar
½ Teaspoon Salt
¼ Teaspoon Baking soda
1 Cup Tomato


Day 1 Directions

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan.
  2. Add the onion and cook over medium heat, stirring, until the onion is transparent.
  3. Sprinkle the flour over the butter mixture and continue to stir and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Slowly add the milk, broth, bay leaf, sugar and salt, continue to cook and stir until slightly thickened.
  5. Stir the baking soda into the tomatoes in your measuring cup.
  6. Add the tomatoes to the milk mixture and bring just to a simmer.
  7. Remove from the heat and pour into a container.
  8. Cover label and refrigerate.


Day 2 Directions

  1. Pour soup through a mesh strainer or blend soup in the blender.
  2. Heat soup and serve with grilled cheese.

Introducing the Feed to Succeed Podcast

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Funny, down-to-earth, engaging talk show about kids’ food and nutrition; hosted by dietitian and pediatric nutrition expert, Betsy Hjelmgren and her co-host, culinary arts teacher and foodie expert, Jen Karakosta.

This first episode in a 12-part series about kids, food, and parenting in difficult feeding situations, introduces our hosts and explores their different backgrounds as food and nutrition experts, and parents themselves.

How Are Kids’ Nutrition Needs Different?

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Join Betsy and Jen as they delve into kids’ nutrition needs, and how the heck are they different from adults?!?

This lighthearted discussion addresses concerns from milk consumption, to protein needs; and other confusing issues related to how we feed our kids.

Download the General Nutrition Handout from the episode here.

Download the Teen Nutrition Handout here.

You’re Not a Short Order Cook

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Have you ever found yourself feeling like a short order cook in your own kitchen? We all have. Betsy and Jen discuss this approach to feeding kids, and provide their own insight and experience as a dietitian and a culinary expert to encourage you to take a stand against the temptation of short order cooking.