Tubie Talk

By: Amanda Gordon, RD, LDN, IBCLC and Dan Frazier, RDN-AP, CNSC

Parents feel fulfilled when they feed their children healthy foods.  Foods that are fresh, colorful and taste good.  Foods sourced from quality ingredients.  Food that are less processed and contain fiber and other nutrients that make our bodies work well.  Foods that provide energy.

There is an important movement afloat in the nutrition world and a growing body of scientific evidence that supports the idea that children with feeding tubes should eat real food too.  Tasty, nutrient-dense, colorful food.  The same food that their parents eat.  The same food that other children eat.  read more

Healthy New Year 2020 – January 5

After a great 2 days of 2020, Betsy and David once again slipped off plan during a quick 48 hour trip to Boston, with little time for sleep and limited access to healthy, unprocessed food. Having difficulty managing food choices away from home? Here is what was easy… and hard over the weekend. And then what? Watch to hear their progress and plan for getting back on track this week.

Healthy New Year 2020!

Are you ready to feel great? Feeling motivated to start fresh in 2020? David and Betsy are welcoming in the new year with a healthy eating reset! Foods that reduce inflammation are on the menu, with a focus on fruits and veggies and omega-3’s! Don’t know what that means, but want to know more? Tune in to our vlog over the next few weeks for more details. Think you might want to give it a try? Betsy and David are getting geared up to introduce an interactive opportunity for you to join when the new Feed to Succeed website launches, coming soon 2020! read more

Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 5, Episode 4 Milk for Hydration and Sports

Milk for Hydration and Sports

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 your understanding of milk and its sugar content, as well as the nutrient density of different milk substitutes. Are there benefits to adults who drink milk? Listen in for more details about milk and its relation to disease in adults from a recent study published in November. Watch above or listen here: http://feedtosucceed.libsyn.com/ read more

Feed to Succeed podcast, Sports Nutrition – Teen Athletes and Protein

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 ideas including a smoothie recipe, to help teen athletes meet the demands for both strength, endurance, and growth! Do you know if trail mix is an adequate protein for an athlete? Betsy didn’t! Listen in to this recording for all that plus more!

Click below to listen, or download on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts! read more

Feed to Succeed Podcast – Teen Sports Nutrition with Guest Athlete Alyssa Hjelmgren

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 how Alyssa has utilized these resources to improve her endurance and stamina during tough practices and competitions. Alyssa shares her personal tips of what works and what helps for early morning practice and managing eating through nerves. Additionally, Alyssa discusses her experience with other teens and the issue of body image. read more

Feed to Succeed Podcast

We’re back, after an extended podcast break! Bringing you news, and thoughts on healthy eating.

Season 5, Episode 1 – Feed to Succeed News, and Eating “Perfectly”

Click here to go to the audio link: http://feedtosucceed.libsyn.com/feed-to-succeed-news-and-eating-perfectly

Anti-Inflammatory Diet – 7 weeks later…

David and Betsy are doing a one-week reset this week. They’ve gotten off track and can feel it. This time around, they’ve made a few modifications and allowances. Big debate – when following a diet plan for health reasons, how good is good enough?

Post Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Week 6

We are glad to bring you an update on our diet progress… however, have to admit, one of us is falling off the wagon 🤫

How do you get yourself motivated when you get busy and would rather order a pizza? 

Chicken and broccoli with peanut sauce

This tasty meal is gluten free, dairy free, sugar and flour free, and anti-inflammatory! My kids love it, as does David!


2 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp green onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, diced

1 Tbsp jalapeno pepper, de-seeded and diced

2 Tbsp freshly grated ginger

2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced into bite size pieces

4 cups broccoli, washed and cut into bite size pieces


1/3 cup natural peanut butter

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 Tbsp rice vinegar

1 Tbsp honey

Salt and pepper, to taste

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add green onion, garlic, ginger and jalapeno. Saute for 2 minutes. Add chicken breast. Saute chicken breast until cooked through – 8-10 minutes. read more