Podcast Episode 048: Create Your Recipe for a Nourishing Life – Jen Haugen

Sep 20, 2016

Jen Haugen

“Gardening as a family becomes a place where no one is an expert. Instead, everyone teaches each other, enjoys each other, and works side by side together. Gardening is not only a place to grow vegetables, but it’s also a place to grow closer as a family.” – Jen Haugen’s mom

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Jen Haugen

Jen Haugen, RDN, LD

Moms are craving simplicity and balance and I believe a family vegetable garden can not only grow healthy food that nourishes our families, but it can also nourish our souls. I learned this while I was a supermarket dietitian with an overloaded schedule and realized I needed to go back to my roots to achieve balance again with my family.” – Jen Haugen

Jen Haugen, RDN, LD is a mom, an award-winning registered dietitian and a certified master gardener. She recently published her first book “The Mom’s Guide to a Nourishing Garden.”  Known as the Down To Earth Dietitian, Jen specializes in inspiring moms to create the recipe to a nourishing life through gardening, good food, family, and faith. Her TEDx Talk, “How Moms Can Change the World”, features two simple ideas that can transform a family.

On this episode Jen and I discuss her journey as a mom, dietitian and author, including the book writing process, life coaching and how connecting the dots in your own life can help nourish your soul.

Jen Haugen's Book - The Mom's Guide to a Nourishing Garden

Jen Haugen’s Book – The Mom’s Guide to a Nourishing Garden


Jen Haugen and family

Jen’s family at the SPAM Museum in Austin, MN in 2016

 Melissa and family

Melissa’s family at the SPAM Museum in Austin, MN in 2009 (including cousin Katherine)

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Here are the resources we mentioned on the show:

  1. Jen’s website and book The Mom’s Guide to a Nourishing Garden
  2. Jen’s Recipe Videos on YouTube
  3. Jen’s TEDx Talk
  4. Jen on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest
  5. Julie Beyer’s book You CAN Write a Book!
  6. Chere Bork’s life coaching info
  7. Melissa’s Do M.O.R.E. with Dinner Initiative and blogs/podcasts and Pinterest board
  8. Nutrition Entrepreneurs DPG website

Produced by Team Podcast

Music by Dave Birk


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  1. Rachael Cooper on May 21, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Loved this Podcast. Thank you Melissa and Jen. I’ve been stuck in a rut with my career and looking to do something new. I’ve been working on starting a blog and my family will be moving to a farm soon so I was hoping to combine information about nutrition, cooking and growing food. Jen’s story has inspired me to keep going and focus on my passions.

    • admin on May 25, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      Thank you so much, Rachael! I’m so glad you found it inspiring! Best of luck to you – sounds like an adventure awaits you!

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