Feed To Succeed Podcast

Chicago’s expert pediatric dietitian teams up with an experienced teacher and culinary coach to bring you honest, informative and entertaining episodes on everything you need to know to raise healthy eaters.

During this series, you will get to know our hosts, pediatric nutrition expert Betsy Hjelmgren and culinary coach and teacher Jen Karakosta, as they share their personal experiences as moms and delve into a variety of issues, including: how kids’ nutritional needs differ from adults, setting up an environment for successful family meals, prevention and solutions for the basic picky eater, getting your kids more involved and interested in food and nutrition, and more.

Both moms have worked and practiced in the field of food and nutrition for nearly 20 years. Their conversational, humorous banter will keep you engaged and coming back for more! Click here to listen on iTunes.

Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 6, Episode 9: Is it your accent, or your doctor? Things that get in the way of your diagnosis.

Have you ever wondered if your cultural background affects your medical care and diagnoses? Betsy and Jen tackle a difficult subject – cultural biases in healthcare and why not everything can be fixed with a pill. How do you know when your child is one of the

Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 6, Episode 8: School lunch during the COVID days!

What to pack, or should I send? Do you have a plan for feeding your kids, in OR out of school?  In this episode, Betsy and Jen discuss eating lunch during the COVID-19 school day, including tips and suggestions for keeping it healthy, whether your kids are

Feed to Succeed Podcast: Food Safety During COVID-19

Have you wondered about the safety of your groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic? Or is it truly safe to eat take-out? What about school lunch safety, with many kids heading back into the classroom? Listen to this amazingly informative podcast, with Betsy, Jen, and special guest Dr.

Staying Healthy While at Home: Season 6, Episode 6

Have you felt as if you have had a hard time staying healthy during quarantine? Us too! In this episode, Betsy and Jen discuss how to eat well and stay active while stuck at home and strategies you can use to help yourself stay on track when

How Does Your Home Garden Grow? Season 6, Episode 6

http:/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIr3Li1CkCA Betsy and Jen discuss at home gardening. Did you know that even this late in the summer, there is still time to plant vegetables and have them ready to eat in the fall? You can hear all about that, Jen’s indoor LED light gardens, and more

Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 6, Episode 4: Yes, you DO need vitamin D!

Betsy and Jen discuss Vitamin D – sources, supplements, benefits, and more. Did you know that there have been studies linking good Vitamin D levels to a decreased risk of death from COVID-19? Listen now to learn more! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/yes-you-do-need-vitamin-d/id1344628499?i=1000486286091

Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 6, Episode 3: So my child wants to be a vegetarian…

It’s not uncommon when kids and teens decide to be vegetarian or vegan. Many factors go into these thoughts, from environmental costs, to animal rights, and health! Young people are often thinking and experimenting with new ideas, and vegetarian diets CAN be healthy…    if done well.

Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 6, Episode 2: Carbs – From Belvita to Baked Potatoes

Hey hey, did you see? The Feed to Succeed podcast, Season 6, Episode 2 is out and waiting for you to listen, as Betsy Hjelmgren and Jen Karakosta dive into the scary terrain of carbohydrates – are they good, or are they bad?

Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 6

Join your hosts, Betsy Hjelmgren and Jen Karakosta, as they kick off the first episode of their 6th podcast season with an update on everything pertaining to quarantining, COVID-19, and food! Betsy shares the pros and cons of providing nutrition services by telehealth, and Jen shares her

Milk – Cow, Soy, Almond, and More! How to Choose, with Amanda

Milk – Cow, Soy, Almond, and More! How to Choose, with Amanda – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 5, Episode 6 Join Betsy and Amanda for an in-depth and informative discussion on milk, milk-substitute, and nutrition. What is the best option for you and your family? Why

Sports Nutrition with Teams Elite Teen Athletes – An Interview

Sports Nutrition with Teams Elite Teen Athletes – An Interview – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 5, Episode 5 How does a team of elite athletes fuel themselves before practice? What about after practice? And what do they do for hydration? These five teens joined our program

Milk for Hydration and Sports

Milk for Hydration and Sports – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 5, Episode 4 Join Betsy and Amanda on a lively scientific discussion about milk, as they review it’s use for both basic hydration as well as for athletes both before and after workouts! Review and hone

Sports Nutrition – Protein and Teen Athletes

Sports Nutrition – Protein and Teen Athletes – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 5, Episode 3 Melanie Battaglia, dietitian, sports nutrition resident, and former college athlete, speaks with Betsy by phone from Texas, on this informative episode about teen athletes’ protein and energy needs. Melanie shares food

Teen Sports Nutrition with Guest Athlete Alyssa Hjelmgren

Teen Sports Nutrition with Guest Athlete Alyssa Hjelmgren – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 5, Episode 2   Betsy Hjelmgren interviews special guest, synchronized ice skater, Alyssa Hjelmgren, from Northbrook’s very own Teams Elite Synchronized Skating Team. Betsy and Alyssa discuss hydration, and the “Athlete’s Plate”, including

Feed to Succeed News, and Eating “Perfectly”

Feed to Succeed News, and Eating “Perfectly” – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 5, Episode 1 We’re back, after an extended podcast break! Bringing you news, and thoughts on healthy eating.   Click here to go to the audio link: http://feedtosucceed.libsyn.com/feed-to-succeed-news-and-eating-perfectly

Infant Nutrition Wrap-Up

Infant Nutrition Wrap-Up – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 4, Episode 9 In this week’s pediatric nutrition podcast, registered dietitian Betsy Hjelmgren, RD and culinary expert Jen Karakosta review the series 4 on infant nutrition, and move on into what Jen calls other “Pish posh,” including a

Two Siblings with Different Feeding Issues

Two Siblings with Different Feeding Issues – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 4, Episode 8 In this week’s pediatric nutrition podcast, registered dietitian Betsy Hjelmgren, RD and culinary expert Jen Karakosta addressing feeding a family with multiple feeding issues (and staying sane!). Terry Labanowski, mom of two

Feeding Baby Homemade Foods

Feeding Baby Homemade Foods – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 4, Episode 7 On this week’s pediatric nutrition podcast, Jen and Registered Dietitian Betsy are excited to share this fun episode, featuring guest dietitian and mom Christine Sharp. Christine shares her tips and tricks to making your

Baby Led Weaning

Baby Led Weaning – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 4, Episode 6 On this week’s nutrition podcast, Jen Karakosta and Betsy Hjelmgren, registered dietitian and pediatric nutrition expert, and discuss baby led weaning to solids. Have you ever wondered if there is a different way to teach

Starting Solids

Starting Solids – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 4, Episode 5 On this week’s edition of our nutrition podcast, Ellie Trefz, feeding therapist extraordinaire, returns to join registered dietitian Betsy and Jen in a lively discussion about starting solid food with your baby. Solid food is just

Infant Formula – How to Choose

Infant Formula – How to Choose – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 4, Episode 4 Amanda Gordon, infant nutrition expert and lactation consultant, returns to join an animated discussion with Betsy and Jen about choosing which infant formula is right for your baby. With so many choices

Infant Feeding Issues

Infant Feeding Issues – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 4, Episode 3 If you have had any questions about how your infant eats, you won’t want to miss this informative episode with Betsy and Jen! Feeding therapist and lactation consultant, Ellie Trefz, is featured today, sharing her

Breastfeed or Bottle

Breastfeed or Bottle – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 4, Episode 2 Baby cows drink cow’s milk; baby goats drink goat’s milk; baby camels drink camel’s milk; baby humans drink… breast milk? Join Betsy and Jen in a discussion with Amanda Gordon, lactation consultant and infant nutrition

Infant Nutrition

Infant Nutrition – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 4, Episode 1 Welcome back to our fourth series of podcasts with our hosts, Betsy and Jen! They are excited to share their knowledge and experience feeding infants, beginning this episode with their personal stories regarding how each host

A Dietitian’s Tour of the Grocery Aisles

Have you ever wished you could take a dietitian or a cooking expert along with you to the grocery store?

Grocery Tips for Healthy Weight Families

On this week’s kids nutrition podcast, registered dietitian Betsy Hjelmgren and culinary foodie expert Jen Karakosta get down to healthy family basics.

Body Weight and Young Athletes

Body Weight and Young Athletes – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 3, Episode 10 Coach encouraging you to lose or gain some weight for performance? This episode features youth sports dietitian, Melanie Battaglia, discussing nutrition and body weight amongst young athletes. Betsy and Jen ask some pointed

Athletic Kids, Food Fads and Sports Supplements

Does your young athlete face frequent diet challenges, opinions and even pressure from coaches, peers and other well-intended people? This kids nutrition podcast is for you.

Diets: Keto, Paleo, Mediterranean, What’s a Kid to Do?

Diets: Keto, Paleo, Mediterranean, What’s a Kid to Do? – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 3, Episode 8 With so many weight loss plans out there, and so many different opinions and approaches, it can be a sticky situation when a parent is following a diet and

When Weight Issues Are Related to Hormonal Imbalances

When Weight Issues Are Related to Hormonal Imbalances – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 3, Episode 7 On this week’s pediatric nutrition podcast, p\Pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Stephanie Drobac, discusses the role of hormones and weight/growth in children. How often is the thyroid to blame? What is the

When is Low Weight Normal?

On this week’s pediatric nutrition podcast, Registered Dietitian Betsy Hjelmgren and Jen Karakosta discuss low weight for kids.

A Weighty Subject: Mental health and Body Image

A Weighty Subject: Mental health and Body Image – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 3, Episode 5 Kids and teens are under more stress than ever before, and development of a healthy self-image can be challenging. Join this informative discussion with Betsy and Jen, and special guest

Physical Activity and Healthy Weight

Join pediatric nutritionists discuss with licensed counselor, who shares her years of experience helping kids and teens with body image concerns

When Weight is a Symptom of Disordered Eating

When Weight is a Symptom of Disordered Eating – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 3, Episode 3 Jen and Betsy, along with fellow Feed to Succeed colleague Gia Diakakis, discuss disordered eating among children and teens of different ages. Join in to hear more about signs, symptoms

One Teen’s Journey to a Healthier BMI

One Teen’s Journey to a Healthier BMI – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 3, Episode 2 On this week’s pediatric nutrition podcast, special guest, Hannah, joins registered dietitian Betsy and Jen in this heartwarming and real view into the realities of trying to improve the weight of

Worth the Weight

Worth the Weight – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 3, Episode 1 Welcome back to season three of the Feed to Succeed podcast! Betsy and Jen are ready to take on the sensitive subject of children, teens and weight problems – both under AND over – with

Season 2 Finale

Season 2 Finale – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 2, Episode 12 Bob’s Red Mill vs Pillsbury flour – which is better? What did Jen learn most from season 2? Is your child secretly a good athlete, but no one knows it because they never hydrate? Listen

Accommodating Diets and Nutrition in School

Accommodating Diets and Nutrition in School – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 2, Episode 11 Does your child follow a special diet or have nutritional accomodations that affect his/her school day? Have you successfully partnered with your school district to keep your child safe, healthy and included?

Seasonal Eating and Gardening

Seasonal Eating and Gardening – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 2, Episode 10 With back to school behind us and cooler evenings upon us, we are thinking about fall eating! Cinnamon apples, pumpkin pies, pears and squash are amongst our favorite fall delights. Join Betsy and Jen

Back in the Routine: Breakfasts and Dinners for Busy Families

Back in the Routine: Breakfasts and Dinners for Busy Families – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 2, Episode 9 Do you have the time and energy to make sure your family is eating healthy breakfasts and dinners daily? We don’t! Betsy and Jen discuss tips and ideas

Back to School! Snacks and Lunches

Back to School! Snacks and Lunches – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 2, Episode 8 Need to get back into the routine and want a little inspiration? Tune in for lively discussion of lunch and snack packing ideas, a blast from the past Twinkies, and Betsy’s personal

IBS and the FODMAPS Diet

IBS and the FODMAPS Diet – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 2, Episode 7 Have you or your child been told you have “IBS”? Or do you or your child have ongoing GI symptoms of upset stomach, diarrhea or constipation, reflux, gas and bloating; but every doctor

Food Intolerance from Lactose and Beyond

Food Intolerance from Lactose and Beyond – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 2, Episode 6 Food intolerances is one of Betsy’s favorite nutrition topics and personal areas of expertise. Jen and Betsy explore the difference between a food intolerance and food allergy, as well as how to

Celiac: One Family’s Journey Through a Surprising Diagnosis

Celiac: One Family’s Journey Through a Surprising Diagnosis – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 2, Episode 5 Join Betsy and Jen as they interview Dr. Jen Rubin, Children’s Neurologist at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, as she shares the story of her family’s journey through the recent

Kids (and adults!) with Gastro-Esophageal Reflux

Kids (and adults!) with Gastro-Esophageal Reflux – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 2, Episode 4 Betsy and Jen discuss their personal and family experience with reflux, as well as tips for management by diet. What foods and what timing affects symptoms? What makes reflux more tolerable? if

Eosino-WHAT??? with Dr. Vince Biank

Eosino-WHAT??? with Dr. Vince Biank – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 2, Episode 3 Jen and Betsy are very excited to share this informative and eye opening interview with Dr. Vince Biank, pediatric gastoenterologist at North Shore University Health System! Listen in to hear about reflux disease,

Kids and constipation

Kids and constipation – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 2, Episode 2 Special guest Elana Comrov, pediatrician at Pediatric Health Care Associates, joins Betsy and Jen for this fun and informative chat about the most common complaint at the pediatrician’s office and one of life’s most basic

Intro to Kids’ Nutrition and GI

Intro to Kids’ Nutrition and GI – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 2, Episode 1 Welcome to the season 2 opening show with co-hosts Betsy Hjelmgren and Jen Karakosta! Jen and Betsy are taking it deeper this season – beyond the eating and down to the digestion.

Nutrition for our Youngest Patients

Nutrition for our Youngest Patients – Feed to Succeed Podcast Bonus Material Amanda Gordon, registered dietitian, lactation consultant, and pediatric nutrition expert, shares her experience and insight with the youngest of Feed to Succeed’s clientele – birth to age 3. Listen in as Betsy interviews Amanda to

Parenting a Child with Peanut Allergies

Parenting a Child with Peanut Allergies – Feed to Succeed Podcast Bonus Material Join Betsy Hjelmgren as she chats with Julia Marquardt, Feed to Succeed’s office manager extraordinaire and mother of three.  Listen to Julia’s firsthand experience living with a child with severe peanut allergy, as Julia

Bringing It All Together

Bringing It All Together – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 1, Episode 12 Join Betsy and Jen as they revisit the highlights of the first series of the Feed to Succeed podcast and weigh in on the take-away themes.  From take a S.E.A.T. to determine the cause

How to Plant a Garden With Kids

How to Plant a Garden With Kids – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 1, Episode 11 It’s April, which should be the start of gardening season in the Chicago-land area–but under the long spell of winter, everything is delayed. Join Jen and Betsy’s lively discussion about involving

Managing Difficult Mealtime Behavior

Managing Difficult Mealtime Behavior – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 1, Episode 10 In this 10th episode of our Feed to Succeed podcast, special guest, Eric Tivers, LCSW, coach, and podcaster, joins Betsy and Jen to share his experience with behavior modification; and provide tips and insights

Introducing New Foods to Kids

Introducing New Foods to Kids – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 1, Episode 9 Meet Betsy’s kids, Alyssa and Nate! Betsy and her kids talk about the importance of eating a variety of different foods and food allergy management at their schools. Alyssa shares her experience with

Milk, Water, and All Those Beverage Options!

Milk, Water, and All Those Beverage Options! – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 1, Episode 8 Starbucks, energy drinks, sodas, juices…what’s a parent to do? Betsy and Jen return to the scene with their lively banter, focused on what and how much kids should be drinking. Is

The Benefits of Consistent Meal Routine, Schedule, and Location

The Benefits of Consistent Meal Routine, Schedule, and Location – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 1, Episode 7 New guest, nurse practitioner Karen Gentile of Kids First Pediatric Partners in Skokie, IL, joins Betsy and Jen to discuss the benefits and tips for establishing eating routines and

How Many Times Until My Kid Will Eat That?

How Many Times Until My Kid Will Eat That? – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 1, Episode 6 Smita Joshi, guest expert in feeding difficulties, joins Betsy and Jen for an in-depth and helpful discussion about strategies for getting kids to eat things they don’t want to

Force Feeding – A Bad Means to an End

Force Feeding – A Bad Means to an End – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 1, Episode 5 Click here to download Feeding therapist and feeding expert, Smita Joshi of Assential Therapies, joins Jen and Betsy for an in-depth discussion of primary feeding difficulties and what you

Family Meals – Why and How

Family Meals – Why and How – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 1, Episode 4 Click here to download 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

You’re Not a Short Order Cook

You’re Not a Short Order Cook – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 1, Episode 3 Click here to download 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

How Are Kids’ Nutrition Needs Different?

How Are Kids’ Nutrition Needs Different? – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 1, Episode 2 Click here to download 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,

Introducing the Feed to Succeed Podcast

Introducing the Feed to Succeed Podcast – Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 1, Episode 1 Click here to download 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,