Podcast Episode 059: The (Re) Purpose of Food – Judy Barbe

Feb 21, 2017

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“I believe good food makes your life better. I believe feeding your soul makes your life richer. My passion is sharing the news that delicious food can be enjoyed and healthful—on the same fork.” – Judy Barbe

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Judy Barbe, RDN

Judy Barbe is a registered dietitian who has been bringing realistic solutions to tables for more than 20 years. As the author of Your 6-Week Guide to LiveBest, Simple Solutions for Fresh Food & Well-Being and LiveBest Seasonally, a Fresh Approach to Living with Vitality, she shows people how to make better-for-you choices through her website, original recipes, speaking engagements, newspaper columns, blogs and webinar series.

Judy’s unique perspective includes representing local dairy farmers, participating in her own family’s cattle ranch and being a beekeeper. These farm-to-table experiences help her bridge the gap between urban customers and today’s modern farming practices.

Judy educates both nutrition professionals and the public on the topic of food waste, providing ideas they can implement at home to be part of the solution to this global concern. Her recipes and recommendations have been featured on MensFitness.com, Lovoinc.com, Shape.com, FitnessMagazine.com, FilmJournal.com, and WeightWatchers.com.

Judy in her kitchen

Note from Julia Child








Judy’s award-winning photo of “ugly” carrots she grew in her garden









Do MORE with Dinner Download

Here are the resources we mentioned on the show: 

  1. Judy’s website and blog
  2. Judy’s books and products 
  3. Judy’s free (Re)Purpose of Food handout – tips to reduce food waste
  4. Free handouts – grocery list, kitchen equipment list, breakfast ideas and more
  5. Judy on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
  6. 30-Day Food Waste Challenge – info and sign up (disclosure – this is a beef council initiative and Melissa is on the Beef Expert Bureau)
  7. Melissa’s Do M.O.R.E. with Dinner initiative and blogs/podcasts and Pinterest board
  8. Podcast episode: Create Your Recipe for a Nourishing Life with Jen Haugen
  9. Enter to Win Judy’s book!
    One randomly selected commenter will win a copy of Judy’s book Your 6-Week Guide to LiveBest, Simple Solutions for Fresh Food & Well-Being.

Giveaway ends: Friday, March 10th, 2017 at 11:59 pm CT

Mandatory Entry: Tell me in the comments area below What is your favorite way to “do M.O.R.E. with Dinner”?

Additional Entries: For additional entries, copy and paste this tweet, then come back and comment with the link to your tweet. (allowed only once per day)

Enter to win @judybarbe book Your 6-week Guide to LiveBest via @MelissaJoyRD  http://wp.me/p7HD9a-2lW #podcast #giveaway

When entering, be sure to include your email address in the “Email” field when posting your comment so I can contact you if you win. You do not need to purchase anything to win. Only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to enter.

Produced by Team Podcast

Music by Dave Birk



  1. Judy on March 1, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Melissa,
    Learning from the experts, I’ve listed to dozens of your podcasts. So I was delighted to be record one with you. Fun to share tips in episode #059. My dad gave it two thumbs up!

  2. Heather Steele on March 9, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    It’s hard to pick just one but my favorite way to do M.O.R.E. with dinner is being involved every step of the process! To elaborate every spring and summer I spend time planting a garden full of fruits and veggies that I can incorporate into meals. I even built a compost box to reuse some of those kitchen scraps for nutritious soil. It’s is such a fun and rewarding experience to be able to eat what you have grown and re-purpose what you don’t!

    • admin on March 9, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      Hi Heather – thanks so much for sharing your favorite way(s) to do more with dinner! I love it! If you haven’t already listened to my podcast interview with Jen Haugen about creating your recipe for a nourishing life and her book “The Mom’s Guide to a Nourishing Garden” – I think you will REALLY enjoy it!! Check it out here: https://www.soundbitesrd.com/jen-haugen/
      And thanks for entering the book giveaway! Stay tuned – I will announce the winner on Monday!

      • Heather Steele on March 10, 2017 at 9:16 am

        Thanks for the recommendation – listening to it right now! Thanks for doing these… I am a retail dietitian and these podcasts are so great for learning and feeling more prepared for customer questions on a variety of topics!

        • admin on March 11, 2017 at 11:41 am

          Thank you, Heather! I’m so glad they are helpful for you! Maybe because I was a retail RD in the past we have similar interests/questions? Thanks for letting me know you enjoy them!

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