Cookbook author and food advocate Leanne Brown tells us how her book Good and Cheap went from NYU thesis to Kickstarter phenomenon with a little help from Reddit. She explains why cooking can be extra stressful for people living at the poverty line and shares some of her favorite tips for eating well on $4 a day. Plus, what do “good” and “cheap” mean, really? The answers will be comforting.
We all want to eat better and spend less money, but let’s be honest: it takes a lot of preparation to eat at home in a way that really is cheap, nutritious, and doesn’t take one million hours. This week, Daphnie and Joanna share how they handle meal planning and grocery shopping, including their best tips and their many failures. Plus, Daphnie totally flips out over what Joanna found for this week’s “This is Crazy, Right?”
Links in this episode: Meal planning tips for families, Todoist app, 10 crock pot freezer meals in under an hour, Joanna's favorite Indian food and Chinese food cookbooks, Dirty Dozen guide to pesticides and produce
Lunch is the meal you eat in the middle of your day, but that means different things to different people. It can be at noon or 4pm, a frozen burrito on a “15” at your retail job or an expensive salad scarfed at your desk between meetings. We hear lots of ideas about how to be “good” at lunch, but Daphnie wants to talk about making lunch work for your lifestyle so that you leave lunch satisfied physically and emotionally.
Links in this episode: Joanna’s Pinterest board of packable lunches, Our episode on meal planning and grocery shopping, Great container for packing lunch, Or this one has an ice pack if you don’t have a fridge, Reusable straws, Travel silverware
Eating out can be fun, relaxing, and exciting. It can also be overwhelming, guilt-inducing, stressful, or boring. We ask Daphnie how she balances thinking about nutrition and eating for pleasure when she’s dining out, and we offer some practical tips for travel, business dinners, office lunches, and fun meals with friends.
Links in this episode: Support us on Patreon! Past episodes we mention in this episode: Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping, Love Your Body with Holly Toronto, Stay Fit at the Office, Work Meals & Business Travel, Stop Wasting Food with Hannah Jastram Aaberg
We talk all the time about what we’re eating, but what happens to our food after we eat it? And why can it make us so (burp!) uncomfortable? Daphnie explains how we can keep our digestive systems running effectively and suggests some easy fixes to common digestive problems like heartburn, gas, and bloating. Plus, Daphnie reveals a secret when we answer our latest Listener Question.
Links in this episode: Become a patron and support the show! Magic School Bus digestive system episode, Info on heartburn from the Mayo Clinic, Our stress episode and inflammation episode, Dr. Satchidananda Panda and circadian rhythms
Dairy is one of those foods that people are always swearing off for one reason or another. So what’s the real story? Should we be avoiding dairy or not? Are some dairy foods healthier than others? Daphnie gives us the scoop (like ice cream, get it?)
Links in this episode: Mars Cheese Castle, More on how the government promotes milk, Cornucopia Institute's ratings of different organic milk brands, Environmental Working Group's milk ratings, Our episode where we talked about Bulletproof Coffee
Sports drinks and energy bars are everywhere, but do they actually do what they claim to do? What should we look for when picking out a protein bar, and should we be drinking sports drinks before, during, or after our workouts? Daphnie tells us how to pick the best products and how to save some cash by making them ourselves. Plus, What Your Trainer Eats...in Europe!
Links in this episode: StartUp podcast episode on cricket protein, More info on huponatremia, How I Built This podcast episode on Clif Bars, Make your own Larabars
Everyone’s always yelling at us to eat breakfast, but, like, why? What’s the big deal? Daphnie explains why you’re “screwing yourself over” if you don’t eat breakfast, and she and Joanna brainstorm the only list of breakfast ideas you’ll ever need. Plus, a special appearance by Daphnie’s husband Stuart in “Daphnie’s Favorite Exercise”!
Links in this episode: More on how sumo wrestlers gain weight by skipping breakfast, Joanna's favorite nutty granola recipe, Crustless spinach quiche recipe, Greek yogurt chocolate banana muffins recipe, Freezer breakfast sandwich recipe (not sure it's a good idea to microwave them with the plastic wrap on, but you do you), Freezer breakfast burritos
Everyone loves protein: it helps rebuild and repair muscles, and it keeps us feeling full. But how much do we really need? How do we get more of it? Do we need to eat steak in meat sauce? Why does quinoa taste like rocks? Daphnie and Joanna offer tons of protein-filled tips for normal people who like their food to taste like food, instead of a pile of crunchy dust. Plus, another listener question from Joanna's Dad!
Links in this episode: one great quinoa recipe