Podcast Episode 088: Fertility Foods – Liz Shaw & Sara Haas

Apr 10, 2018


“Nutrition can play an important role throughout the entire process of expanding your family, from pre-conception to postpartum. Learning how to prepare simple recipes and stock your kitchen with ‘fertility-fueling foods’ can create less stress and more control in a situation that is so often out of your control!” – Liz Shaw & Sara Haas

Sara Haas and Liz Shaw

April is Fertility Awareness Month, so on today’s episode of Sound Bites, I’m welcoming not one, but two dietitians to talk about something that affects many couples around the world: infertility. Liz Shaw and Sara Haas are co-authors of the Fertility Foods cookbook, which provides sound, research-backed advice, along with over 100 recipes to help put those foods on your table. 

Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RDN, CLT is an author, freelance writer and nutrition communications consultant, working as spokesperson and recipe developer for different brands and commissions. She runs an online women’s health support community and specializes in fertility and prenatal care in her private practice, working directly with clients and healthcare practitioners in San Diego.

Sara Haas, RDN, LDN

Sara Haas, RDN, LDN, is a food and nutrition expert with formal training in the culinary arts. She’s been a registered and licensed dietitian since 2002 and a professional chef since 2008. Working as a freelance writer, recipe developer, media authority and consultant dietitian/chef, Sara’s clients have included The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Eating Well Magazine, Shape Magazine, among many others. 

Although there’s no magic bullet to overcome infertility, evidence shows that good nutrition can support fertility and healthy pregnancies in every stage. Join Sara, Liz and me as we discuss how learning more about nutrition can empower you on the sometimes difficult and stressful journey of infertility. And make sure to stick around to the end to hear Liz’s really exciting news!

Liz & Sara are giving away a copy of their book! Simply follow Liz, Sara, and Melissa on Twitter and Instagram, write a comment below about the show and submit a review of the show in iTunes by 4/24/18. Winners will be randomly selected (US only please).

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • Liz and Sara’s personal stories and what inspired their work in fertility nutrition.
  • How learning about nutrition – something you can control – can help you through the stress of infertility.
  • The role food plays in fertility.
  • The foods and nutrients many women are lacking.
  • Why it’s important not to view foods as problematic, but to use healthier techniques to prepare those “guilty pleasures.”
  • Why Fertility Foods is great for anyone… even if you’re not trying to get pregnant.
  • How Sara and Liz “Do M.O.R.E. with Dinner.”

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Sound Bites is collaborating with Today’s Dietitian! Stay tuned for updates on the podcast, blog and newsletter!

The Today’s Dietitian 2018 Spring Symposium is in Austin, TX on May 20-23. Register now! I’d love to see you there!


Music by Dave Birk

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  1. Emily Abegglen on April 19, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Its nice to hear relatable information!!! I love listening in!

    • Melissa Dobbins on April 20, 2018 at 2:56 pm

      Thanks Emily – I’m so glad you’re enjoying the show!

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