EP 1099

1099. Kids vs. Big Food: Food Babe’s Playbook for Healthy Choices

Vani Hari, aka Food Babe, joins the show to talk about how to help kids make healthier food choices with insight from how her own family navigates the challenges of living in a world filled with overly processed, unhealthy food options from her new book, Food Babe Family.

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Friends, it is my great pleasure to introduce Vani Hari, aka Food Babe, someone I’ve had the privilege of knowing for nearly a decade. She is a relentless advocate for clean, safe, and wholesome food. She has dedicated herself to a tireless campaign aimed at eliminating harmful ingredients from our food supply, particularly in the United States, where food standards can sometimes be shockingly low.

Her efforts have been resolute in challenging major food corporations when their practices are detrimental to the well-being of our children and society as a whole. Vani Hari’s mission is driven by a genuine concern for the greater good, and I dare say that she has had a more significant impact on food safety and quality than some of the regulatory agencies tasked with these responsibilities in the first place.

Vani’s new book, Food Baby Family: More Than 100 Recipes and Foolproof Strategies to Help Your Kids Fall in Love with Real Food serves as a comprehensive guide for how her family navigates the challenges of living in a world filled with overly processed, unhealthy food options.

In this conversation we discuss the importance of educating your kids on processed foods and proper nutrition early on. Vani and I share some of the lessons we’ve learned in teaching our kids about nutrition, and how we’ve empowered them to choose foods that make them feel good.

Together, we have the power to stand up against the multibillion-dollar conglomerates that persist in feeding us products that are, in essence, poison. By making informed, healthier choices for ourselves and our families, we can redirect our resources toward companies that are genuinely committed to improving the landscape and producing high-quality products.

"We're on the right side of history, where the truth is behind our message."



Vani Hari’s Journey in Food Activism & Resilience

  • How Vani unveiled hidden chemicals in our food
  • Exposing a harmful chemical in Subway bread
  • Read: Feeding You Lies By Vani Hari
  • Being targeted by organized opposition
  • How Vani’s health journey inspired her to find purpose
  • Navigating constant badgering online being paid for by big chemical companies
  • How Gabby Bernstein helped Vani persevere through manipulations and attacks
  • The history of PR in the US
  • What drives Vani to continue this work
  • Read: Food Babe Family By Vani Hari 


The Truth About Processed Foods & How to Uphold Your Food Values Socially

  • How the food industry thrives on making food that isn’t good for our health
  • Removing processed foods from your diet
  • The importance of educating kids about processed foods early on
  • Teaching kids to be kind and accepting
  • Communicating why you do/don’t buy certain foods to your kids
  • What happened when I took my daughters to McDonald’s for the first time
  • How fast food hijacks your brain
  • Exposing chemicals in the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte
  • How to uphold your food values in social settings
  • Why goldfish are banned in Vani’s house and alternative snacks


Helping Kids Navigate Their Food Choices to Make Healthier Decisions

  • Healthy, satiating breakfast ideas for kids
  • Truvani collagen: shop.truvani.com/pages/collagen-peptides
  • Why Kellogg is one of the most evil companies in the world
  • Empowering kids to choose how they feel through the food they eat
  • How processed foods led to Vani’s appendicitis
  • Being a happier parent by being less of a perfectionist
  • How kids can hold you accountable

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