One Real Good Thing with Ellie Krieger

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You don’t have to turn your life upside down to transform it for the better—small, realistic changes will get you there in a way that sticks. In each episode, renowned nutritionist and chef Ellie Krieger dives into one key thing you can do today to propel your life in a healthier direction. In conversation with food, nutrition and lifestyle experts, plus celebrity guests and friends, Ellie maps the path to a joyful, healthy life full of flavor, one “real good” thing at a time. 

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Rethink Weight Loss with Michelle Cardel

Two things are true about health and weight that seem to be diametrically opposed to one another. One truth: diet culture and focusing on weight loss is toxic. And the other truth: many people in the US would be healthier and feel better if they lost weight. How do we reconcile these seemingly conflicting concerns as individuals and as a society? The conversation about it has gotten so heated that many are left confused, frustrated and vulnerable.

In this episode, Dr. Michelle Cardel, a Puerto Rican nutrition scientist, registered dietitian, the Senior Director of Global Clinical Research & Nutrition at WW, and a faculty member at the University of Florida College of Medicine, where she is also an Associate Director for the Center for Integrative Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases, helps us figure it out, encouraging us to rethink how we think about weight, and assess whether we want to think about it at all. 

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Jul 13, 2022
Talk with a Farmer with Jeff Bialas

Talking with a local farmer, and knowing the right questions to ask, can be beneficial on multiple levels, from ensuring you get the best quality produce, to creating community connections, and understanding the dynamics of your local growing region.  In this episode, farmer Jeff Bialas, owner of J and A Farms in Goshen New York (where Ellie has been getting her produce for decades,) digs into the most helpful questions to ask a farmer, and he reveals a few important farmer’s market etiquette mistakes to avoid. 

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Jul 06, 2022
Enjoy More Mushrooms with Eugenia Bone

In this episode Eugenia Bone enlightens us about the incredible culinary and health benefits of mushrooms, and shares tips on how to buy, store, and prep them. She also gives us mouthwatering, easy recipe ideas, and tips on how to get into mushroom foraging. Plus she answers an all-important mushroom cooking question: should you wash mushrooms or not?

Eugenia Bone is an internationally known food and science writer who is an expert on mushrooms. She is a member of the faculty at the New York Botanical Garden where she teaches classes on mycophagy and psychedelic mushrooms; and she is the author or co-author of eight books on food and biology, including the category staple Mycophilia, and most recently, the Fantastic Fungi Community Cookbook (December, 2021).

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Jun 29, 2022
Eat More Beans with Joe Yonan

Beans are one of the best foods you could possibly eat--- they are packed with nutrients, they’re super-satisfying, affordable, environmentally-friendly, and their culinary possibilities are boundless. In this episode Joe Yonan, the Food and Dining Editor of The Washington Post, and author of the James Beard Award nominated cookbook “Cool Beans: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Versatile Plant-Based Protein, with 125 Recipes,” explains why beans can help us live longer, healthier lives, and inspires us with creative, easy ways to use them. He also shares some key cooking tips and sets the record straight with important bean-myth busting.

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Jun 22, 2022
Learn the Power of Saying No with Patricia Bannan

If you are a people pleaser it can be tough to say “no,” but that one little word can be a powerful form of self-care that can ultimately help you be more present when you are needed most. In this episode Patricia Bannan, a nationally recognized registered dietitian nutritionist, healthy cooking expert, and author of From Burnout to Balance: 60+ Healing Recipes and Simple Strategies to Boost Mood, Immunity, Focus, and Sleep discusses how to effectively tap the power of saying no.

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Jun 14, 2022
Reap the Rewards of Volunteering with Claire Babineaux-Fontenot

You might volunteer in your community with the intention of helping others, but in the process, you will reap profound rewards that propel your own well-being. On this episode Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, who was named a TIME 2020 Most Influential Person discusses the incredible rewards of volunteering and how to go about doing so in your community.  She also shares her very surprising personal story that is at the core of who she is and the incredible work she does.

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Jun 07, 2022
Eat Real Food with Marion Nestle

Healthy eating boils down to one thing, says Marion Nestle, “eat real food.” Find out exactly what she means by that, whether she considers pizza a real food, and the bona fide evidence that sticking to real foods can have big benefits.

Marion Nestle has been one of the most important voices in food and nutrition for decades. She is Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, at New York University, which she chaired from 1988-2003. She is also Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell.  Nestle earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley. She has written and edited more than a dozen books and she blogs regularly on her website

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May 29, 2022
Learn to Make Amazing Tofu with Mark Reinfeld

Knowing how to cook tofu, and make it really delicious, can open a door to a whole world of incredible, healthy dishes, for omnivores and vegans alike. In this episode, Mark Reinfeld, an award-winning chef and educator with over 25 years’ experience preparing innovative vegan cuisine, shares his secrets for making great tofu dishes, including fast, family-friendly meals.

In 2017, Mark Reinfeld was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame. He was the founding chef of The Blossoming Lotus Restaurant, voted "Best Restaurant on Kaua’I” and he has written eight acclaimed books, including Vegan Fusion World Cuisine which was named “Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the USA."   He conducts virtual and in-person culinary trainings around the world. 

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May 22, 2022
Take Food Seriously with Mark Bittman

If you think nutritious, affordable, environmentally-friendly food is a right for all, there are things you can do, large and small, to move the needle in that direction. In this episode Mark Bittman, a leading voice in global food culture and policy for more than three decades, discusses why taking food seriously is a key mindset shift that can really make a difference.

Bittman has written thirty books, including the How to Cook Everything series, Food Matters, and two books in 2021: Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food from Sustainable to Suicidal, and Bittman Bread: No-Knead Whole Grain Baking for Every Day. He spent three decades at The New York Times, where he created “The Minimalist” and his 2007 Ted Talk, “What’s wrong with what we eat,” has been viewed five million times. He is a fellow at Yale and is on the faculty of Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, and has won numerous awards for both journalism and books. Bittman is currently the editor-in-chief of The Bittman Project, which sponsors a newsletter, website, and the podcast “Food, with Mark Bittman.” 

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May 15, 2022
Tap into the Pleasure of Movement with Aimee Cox

“Movement is powerful medicine!” says Aimee Cox, anthropologist, Yale professor, dancer and instructor for The Class’s Pleasure Your Self series. She explains how tapping into the pleasure of movement by acknowledging and honoring what feels good to your body, can not only inspire you to be more active, it can impact just about every aspect of your life. 

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May 08, 2022
Optimize Natural Light in Your Home with Anita Yokota

The amount of natural light in our homes can profoundly affect our feeling of well-being. Licensed therapist and interior designer Anita Yokota explains why, and she shares easy design strategies for optimizing light in your home, no matter where you live. She also reveals the answer to the number one question she gets: “What is the perfect white paint color?”

Anita Yokota’s background as both a licensed therapist and interior designer makes her uniquely attuned to how the home environment affects emotional health. Since beginning her blog in 2016, her relatable, positive energy and intuitive eye for great design have attracted a large and passionate audience. Her book Home Therapy: Interior Design for Increasing Happiness, Boosting Confidence, and Creating Calm comes out in December 2022.

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May 01, 2022
Fit Cultural Foods on Your Plate with Ashley Carter and Jasmine Westbrooks from EatWell Exchange

You don’t have to give up your cultural foods to be healthy. In fact, including them is one of the healthiest things you can do. In this episode, Jasmine Westbrooks and Ashley Carter, two registered dietitian nutritionists who founded EatWell Exchange, a nonprofit that teaches low socioeconomic communities how to grow their own food, cook foods in a healthier way, and become more educated about their cultural foods share why this is so important and how to make it happen in your life.

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Apr 24, 2022
Episode 16: Roll Up Your Sleeves, Go Outside and Get Some Food with Tamar Haspel

Tamar Haspel calls herself a “crappy gardener” but she’s here to tell us it’s totally do-able to go outside and get what she calls “first hand food,” by foraging, fishing, gardening and more. She shares why doing so can be so transformative, and gives us easy ways to start, no matter where you live.

Tamar writes the James Beard Award-winning Washington Post column Unearthed, which tackles food from every angle: agriculture, nutrition, obesity, the food environment. She’s also written for DiscoverVoxSlateFortuneEater, and Edible Cape Cod. Her new book about gleaning dinner from the world around you is TO BOLDLY GROW: Finding Joy, Adventure, and Dinner in Your Own Backyard. 

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Apr 18, 2022
Be Kinder Than You Need to Be with Emma Poole

Emma Poole, Ellie’s personal favorite yoga instructor, infuses her classes with intuitive movement, storytelling, and wisdom from her own experience and practice. Ellie was deeply affected by the thoughts Emma shared during class one day about being “kinder than you need to be.” Regardless of whether you are into yoga, it’s a notion which seems quite simple on the surface, but it can have a huge ripple effect in your life and in the world around you.

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Apr 11, 2022
Eat Whole Plants, Top to Bottom with Farmer Lee Jones

Farmer Lee Jones, from the Chef’s Garden in Ohio, which his family has owned for decades and supplies produce for the best chefs in the country, encourages us to enjoy whole plant eating, from the root to the fruit. After listening to this you will be inspired to make the most of those often tossed-out carrot tops, broccoli stems, Brussels sprout leaves and more. He also enlightens us about regenerative agriculture and why he uses it on the farm. 

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Apr 03, 2022
Write Down Family Recipes with Eric Kim

Eric Kim, New York Times staff writer and columnist for The New York Times Magazine spent a year cooking with his mother Jean for his book Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home. He and Ellie discuss how writing down family recipes can enrich your life in profound ways, and the (often funny) challenges that can arise in the process. 

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Mar 28, 2022
Learn Quick-Fixes for Cooking Mistakes to Inspire Kitchen Confidence with Alex Guarnaschelli

Alex Guarnaschelli, host of Supermarket Stakeout and Alex Versus America on Food Network, cookbook author, and Executive Chef of Butter in New York City, shares quick food fixes to help us recover from common cooking mistakes and inspire more confidence in the kitchen.  

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Mar 21, 2022
Cook Once, Eat Thrice, Waste Zero with Rosanne Rust

Internationally recognized nutrition expert and author of Zero Waste Cooking for Dummies, Rosanne Rust, RDN, reveals how to get three amazing meals out of one by taking advantage of dishes she calls “food waste heroes.” 

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Mar 14, 2022
Link Saying “Thanks” to Feeling Thankful with Georgian Benta

With over 700 episodes recorded on his The Gratitude Podcast, Georgian Benta is an explorer of the world of gratitude. Gratitude has been the most efficient tool for making life better for him and he is passionate about sharing his journey. He shares one simple but profoundly impactful way to add more gratitude to your everyday life. 

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Mar 07, 2022
Add Garlic for Flavor and Health with Toby Amidor

Garlic doesn’t only add big flavor, it has compounds that help support immune health. In this episode, Ellie dishes about garlic’s benefits, and explores different ways to use it, with Toby Amidor, registered dietitian, nutrition expert for and the author of eight cookbooks, including her most recent, The Family Immunity Cookbook.

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Feb 27, 2022
Rethink Freezer Meals with Ali Rosen

There are a lot of misconceptions and mistakes made around freezer meals, but guest Ali Rosen has us covered with surprising possibilities, and wisdom for creating the best quality frozen dishes, without having to try too hard. Emmy and James Beard Award nominated host of Potluck with Ali Rosen on NYC Life and author of Modern Freezer Meals, she helps us bust out of the dated mindset about freezing meals and approach them in a modern way, “as a gift for your future self.”

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Feb 20, 2022
Get Together for a Walk with Dr. Nadya Swedan

Taking a walk outside with a friend is a simple activity that has a surprisingly big impact on our wellbeing. In this episode Dr Nadya Swedan, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist in private practice in NYC, and author of The Active Woman's Health and Fitness Handbook, reveals the many benefits of this “one real good thing” and offers helpful tips for doing it safely, effectively and comfortably.

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Feb 13, 2022
Eat More Dark Leafy Greens with Tracye McQuirter

In this episode Ellie talks with Tracye McQuirter, public health nutritionist; transformative leader in the field of plant-based nutrition; author of Ageless Vegan; and founder of the 10 Million Black Vegan Women movement. No matter your diet, whether you are an omnivore like Ellie or vegan like Tracye, this “one real good thing” holds true: one of the best things you can do for your health is to eat more dark leafy greens. Listen to find out practical and delicious ways to make that happen and why McQuirter says “The glow is in the greens!”

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Feb 06, 2022
Spice-Up Everyday Healthy Ingredients with Dr. Linda Shiue

Here, Dr. Linda Shiue, MD, a physician, chef and author of the cookbook Spicebox Kitchen: Eat Well and Be Healthy with Globally Inspired, Vegetable-Forward Recipes explains the transformative power of using spices in food. She explains how spices not only make food flavorful and exciting, they have powerful health benefits too. Dr. Shuie discusses how to get started using more spices without being overwhelmed, and she reveals her top 5 spice picks.

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Jan 30, 2022
Swap out Beef (Most of the Time) with Dr. David Katz

In this episode, Ellie interviews Dr. David Katz, MD a globally renowned expert in disease prevention, health promotion, lifestyle medicine, and nutrition; founder and former director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Past President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; and President/Founder of the non-profit True Health Initiative. He talks with Ellie about why swapping beef out of your diet most of the time is important to our personal health and the health of our planet. They discuss specific small steps to reduce beef intake without having to cut it out entirely, and dish about the bounty of satisfying foods to enjoy instead.  

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Jan 23, 2022
Approach Food as Self Care, Not Self Control with Christy Harrison

In this episode Ellie speaks with Christy Harrison, registered dietitian nutritionist, certified intuitive eating counselor, author of the book Anti-Diet, and host of the podcast Food Psych. Christy’s “one real good thing” –to approach food as self-care, not self-control---is an important shift in mentality that can help us move away from damaging diet culture toward true well-being. Christy and Ellie discuss how to practice “gentle nutrition” and find freedom, balance and pleasure with food.

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Jan 16, 2022
Let Go of Ambition in the Kitchen: Good is Good Enough! with Jenna Helwig

Ellie speaks with Jenna Helwig, author of the cookbook Bare Minimum Dinners and the food director at Real Simple magazine. Jenna’s “one real good thing”—to let go of ambition in the kitchen-- sounds counterintuitive at first, but here she reveals how taking a step back can actually help you enjoy more healthy home-cooked meals in a stress-free way.  Listen as she shares some of her favorite supermarket shortcuts, while Ellie also reveals her own hack for Indian food takeout and her secret kitchen mantra.


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Jan 10, 2022
Reframe Food as Usually, Sometimes or Rarely (Notice there is no Never)

In this first episode of her podcast, Ellie speaks directly with listeners, introducing us to “one real good thing” that she thinks is one of the most transformative changes we can make. It’s a simple shift in mindset away from the all-or-nothing approach so many fad diets advocate, toward a more balanced, realistic food philosophy that is the foundation of all of her delicious, healthy recipes. Join Ellie as she helps us get out of the good/bad food trap and shares how her Usually, Sometimes and Rarely food perspective can put you on a lifelong path of flavorful, healthy eating.

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Dec 30, 2021