This week on Spawned, we’re talking kids and nutrition. Which, TBH, is one of those issues that nearly universally stresses out parents of all kinds, with kids of all ages.

Fortunately, we’ve got an expert to help us out: Dr. Tanya Altmann, who you may better know as just…Dr. Tanya.

She’s a UCLA-trained pediatrician, network television parenting expert, and American Academy of Pediatrics spokesperson. She’s the author of the best-selling What to Feed Your Baby: A Pediatrician’s Guide to the 11 Essential Foods to Guarantee Veggie-Loving, No-Fuss, Healthy-Eating Kids, and this year, she came out with Baby and Toddler Basics: Expert Answers to Parents’ Top 150 Questions — and they’re not just for baby and toddler parents at all.

She’s also a consultant and spokesperson for our sponsor, Milk Life, because she knows SO much about kids and nutrition…and we’re excited that this week, we had the ability to ask her a zillion questions about feeding kids better — without having to pay for a doctor’s office visit! And hey, neither do you.

Take a listen as she helps us with topics like:

-parents’ biggest nutrition struggles

-how to get kids to have a healthy breakfast when they’re just not breakfast eaters. (This is a big question in our Recipe Rescue Facebook group!)

-tips for getting more protein into kids’ diets

-how much protein kids really need

-tips to avoid added sugars in processed foods

-why it’s better to let kids sleep a little later in the morning (and parents, too)

-how make-ahead breakfasts make life better for all of us — including one we definitely never considered!

-tricks to help kids make better food choices when we’re not with them. Which is a lot of the time.

-why moderation is okay, and why we shouldn’t talk about “forbidden foods”

Listen right here right now!

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And you can more from our guest at, or hit her up with your own questions: @drtanyaaltmann on Twitter or

This Week’s Sponsor: MilkLife

Dr. Tanya Altman's tips to help get kids more of the nutrition they need | sponsored by milklife

We’re pleased that this week’s podcast, and our 2018 Cool Mom Eats Back to School Lunch Guide, is brought to you on behalf of our sponsor, Milk Life.

With 50% of kids 9 and up falling short on essential nutrients like calcium, vitamin D and potassium, it’s great that something as simple as drinking real-dairy milk can help them get what they need.

You can encourage milk for lunch instead of sugary juice drinks, make fruit-and-milk smoothies, and serve milk alongside afternoon snacks to help tame late-afternoon hunger. This way kids have the fuel they need to focus on learning, growing, and playing, as we get back into the school season. And as parents, we don’t have to deal with the hangrys!

Visit for additional information, recipe inspiration, and tips from experts.

And don’t miss the opportunity to win a school year’s supply of milk! See details on Cool Mom Eats.

Our Cool Picks of the Week

Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara from Thrive Causemetics makes your lashes super long, doesn't run, and you can wear with contacts!

Dr. Tanya: She raves about Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara which makes lashes look super long, doesn’t run on her, and she can even wear them with contacts. (Though Liz points out you sound like Linda Richmond when you say “Causemetics.”)

Nike's Mexican Women's Soccer Ad: VAMANOS Juntas Imparables. Amazing!

Liz: Speaking of running (ha), you have to watch The VAMANOS: Juntas Imparables Nike Women’s Soccer ad, out in time for Hispanic Heritage Month. It features a ton of badass women Mexican athletes sprinting through Mexico City traffic and makes you want to get off the couch!

Gixo Fitness app review: Do real workouts right from your home!

Kristen: She doesn’t need help getting off the couch, because she’s in love with the GIxo fitness app, which gives you access to live workouts right from home. Even her daughter is doing them with her.

Top photo by Kelly Sikkema via unsplash