Podcasts are all the rage. And with good reason. They’re perfect for a long bike ride, road trip, walk in the park, or house cleaning session. With so much conflicting nutrition advice in the podcast space, it’s reassuring to find an abundance of exceptional RD-run podcasts. Here are a few picks for you to recommend to clients and patients. And, as an RD, you’ll love them too!
Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE, “The Guilt-Free RD,” has been on the air since 2015. Reaching the public, RDs, and other health professionals, she expertly mixes the science, psychology, and strategies behind good nutrition. Sound Bites delves into hot topics including weight management, diabetes, food waste, and agriculture/farming. She loves spotlighting other RDs, too. For example: I listened to a Sound Bites podcast during which Melissa interviewed Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, about her new book, The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club: Easy High Protein with 300 Calories or Less to Help You Lose Weight and Boost Metabolism. Sound Bites is an enjoyable use of 45 minutes during your commute.
Liz’s Healthy Table
Liz Weiss, MS, RDN, is a veteran in the podcast world. After 297 episodes of Meal Makeover Moms’ Cooking With the Moms podcast, she’s launched Liz’s Healthy Table this year. Her audience is mostly moms who, like Liz, are in the trenches of family meal planning. Liz describes her voice as “more apron than lab coat,” meaning your clients will enjoy her relatable and relevant tone and message. Episodes average 35 minutes and hit topics such as freezer cooking, feeding picky eaters, and cooking with kids. Her guests are RDs, so you can rest assured the messages are evidence-based and effective.
Breaking Down Nutrition
Only have a few free minutes and need a professional opinion on a hot topic? This podcast by Susan Mitchell, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND, is just for you. Partnering with Regina Ragone, MS, RDN, Mitchell delves into trendy topics including the ketogenic diet, prebiotics, gluten, kombucha, stevia, and more. Geared towards health and medical professionals, Breaking Down Nutrition is an exceptional resource when you need answers fast.
The Less-Stressed Life
If that podcast title doesn’t entice you, I’m not sure what will. Christa Biegler, RD, LN, CLT, spearheads a podcast emphasizing the interaction between inflammation, lifestyle, and nutrition. Topics include getting tasks done, reducing inflammation, sleep, gut health, food sensitivities, integrative nutrition, lifestyle medicine, relationships, friendships, relaxation, life hacks, and of course, ninja kitchen tricks. Episodes are 25 to 30 minutes for the public audience—sound advice from an RD who looks at the big picture of health, not just food.
The Nourished Child
In this podcast, Jill Castle, MS, RDN, tackles the challenges of feeding kids from babies to school-aged children and beyond. Acknowledging the ups and downs that accompany nourishing children, Castle confronts every issue concerning food, nutrition, and children’s health. Uniquely, she addresses the teenage years, which is refreshing in the face of many RDs’ focus on nutrition in those fussy toddler years. Episode topics include bone health, the child athlete, food rewards, and school lunches. Parents, clients, and RDs alike will learn from The Nourished Child.
— Jennifer Bowers, PhD, RD, owns DrJennBowersNutrition.com, a nutrition communications consulting company. She has 20-plus years of clinical nutrition experience in Tucson, Arizona. A natural educator, Jennifer has taught nutrition to students from elementary school to medical school and everything in between. Her writing has been published in Reader’s Digest, Prevention, and Rodale’s Organic Life, as well as peer-reviewed scientific journals. She’s presented research-based work in France, Switzerland, Canada, and at FNCE®. Jennifer enjoys marrying science-based data with a down-to-earth style.