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Spot On!

103 EpisodesProduced by Dr. Joan Salge BlakeWebsite

Welcome to Spot On! hosted by Dr. Joan Salge Blake, Author, Media Expert, and Nutrition Professor at Boston University.Spot On! covers timely nutrition, health, and wellness topics along with offering accurate and practical information in an entertaining format. The guests are experts in the their f… read more

103 Episodes | 2019 - 2023

There's no Vodka in My Vodka: The Non Alcoholic Liquor Trend

March 22nd, 2023


The low and no alcohol beer and liquor category is booming with consumers of all ages buying these products.  What's driving this trend and how do …

The Top Ten Craziest TikTok Posts

March 8th, 2023


TikTok have over 135 million users in the United States and over 30% of them say they regularly get their news from the app.  This is a huge problem …

The Hottest Food Trends This Year

February 22nd, 2023


This week on SpotOn!, we are talking about the hottest food and dining trends that will be coming your way this year.  Think plant-forward but meat …

5 Things You Don't Know About Recycling But Should

February 8th, 2023


Choosing a sustainable diet is a hot trend but how sustainable is the package or container that the food comes in?  Does recycling really help the environment?  The answer may surprise you. Tune in to learn more.

Eating Back To Our Roots

January 25th, 2023


Maya Feller, RDN, author, ABC Good Morning America nutritionist, author of "Eating Back To Our Roots," discusses why we need to not only eat and cook the way our grandmothers did, but the way EVERYONE's grandmother did.

Season 8 Recap

December 14th, 2022


And that's a wrap! Here is the recap of Season 8 covering everything from bulking up on protein to finding out the latest dope about dopamine. We …

Is Health #Misinformation Making Us Sick?

November 30th, 2022


Over 80% of Americans say they often or sometimes get news, including health information from a smartphone, computer or tablet.  Unfortunately, there is so much health #misinformation and #disinformation in this space …

What's The Dope On Dopamine?

November 16th, 2022


Dopamine is the neurotransmitter involved in reward processing in the brain as it promotes pleasure. Unfortunately, can also dopamine feed into …

What Really Is A Sustainable Diet?

November 2nd, 2022


While consuming a sustainable diet is becoming more popular among consumers, do you really know what eating sustainably really means when it comes to …

The Latest On Food Allergies

October 19th, 2022


About 32 million people have food allergies in the US, with over 10% of them occurring in adults.  Tune in to learn more about food allergies and the …

Should Your Hair Go On A Diet?

October 5th, 2022


You diet and lifestyle can have a significant impact on your hair.  In this episode, Dr. Nicole Rogers enlightens us on on the connection. …

Prediabetes: The Latest Problem Among Young Adults

September 22nd, 2022


Approximately 96 million American adults—more than 1 in 3—have prediabetes and about 20% of these folks are young adults.  This episodes takes a deep …

Do You Need To Beef Up on Protein to Bulk Up?

September 8th, 2022


Leslie Bonci, RD, Sports Dietitian for the NFL Kansas City Chiefs, sets the record straight on how much protein you need to consume daily for healthy muscle mass.  It's more than just that amount you consume; it's also …

Season 7 Recap

May 11th, 2022


And that's a wrap!  Here is the recap of Season 7 covering everything from added sugars to how your diet may be impacting your mental health.  We want to thank all of our listeners for subscribing to Spot On! and …

The Not So Sweet News About Added Sugars

April 27th, 2022


We are consuming approximately 17 teaspoons of added sugars daily. No, I am not kidding.  Researcher Dr. Michael Goran and author of Sugarproof Kids will enlighten you on how added sugars affect your health, where to …

Don't Get Scammed!

April 13th, 2022


If you're answering your phone, reading your emails and text messages, or using social media, you're a target for scammers. Consumer Reports, Investigative reporter, Octavio Blanco, joined me to discuss how to stop a …

One Person's Trash Is Another Person's Dinner: #StopFoodWaste

March 30th, 2022


We are throwing over 130 Billion pounds of edible foods annually in the trash can. Seriously?? We might as well just mosey up to the landfill, open our wallets, and toss $10 and $20 in the pile of rubbish as we are …

Why Your Diet Should Include SMASH

March 16th, 2022


Should your diet include SMASH foods?  The answer is YES if you want to live longer and healthier. 

Our guest speaker, Maya Feller, RDN, and …

Are Halo Foods Really Angelic?

March 3rd, 2022


We are continually hearing in the media about trendy foods that that sound healthy but the question is: are they really as angelic as they sound? In this episode, Skylar Griggs, RDN, sets us straight on how to spot …

Is CBD Help Or Hype?

February 16th, 2022


This episode is geared to answering all the questions you may have on CBD.  Janice Newell Bissex, RDN and Holistic Cannabis Practitioner, and …

Is Your Diet Making You Depressed?

February 2nd, 2022


Would you change your diet if it can improve your mental health?

Evidence suggests certain dietary patterns containing specific nutrients can reduce …

Goodbye Booze. Hello Mocktails

January 20th, 2022


A healthier drinking option with a similar experience and lots of fun? Yes, please!

We have been seeing a trend in the Sober Curious Movement so we're starting off Season 7 with Goodbye Booze, Hello Mocktails with Diana …

Season 6 Recap

December 23rd, 2021


Wrapped! It was another successful season thanks to our amazing experts and the Spot On! team. Have a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones. …

Fermented Foods: Why You Should Be Eating Kombucha, Kimchi, and Kirfer

December 16th, 2021


Fermented foods are not only delicious but also gut-healthy.

Dr. Christopher Gardner is here to share with us about some of his >25 …

What is Intuitive Eating?

December 1st, 2021


Is Intuitive Eating the key to a balanced nutrition plan?

Our guest today, Elyse Resch, MS, RDN is a nutritionist therapist with 39 years of experience, specializing in eating disorders, Intuitive Eating, and Heath at …

The Latest Buzz About Caffeine

November 9th, 2021


85% of Americans have at least one caffeinated beverage every day. What does this do to our health?

Caitlin Dow, PhD who is a Senior Nutrition Scientist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest is joining us on …

You Are What Your Grandparents Ate. Seriously?

October 28th, 2021


Your diet matters as it influences future generations. What?

Find out why you are what your grandparents ate through this week's discussion with Judith Finlayson, a bestselling author who has written books on a variety …

The Future of Food: Makes Steaks, Eggs, and Dairy From Plants

October 14th, 2021


Plant-based protein is a must-try as it is gradually becoming the new food staple for a healthy and balanced diet. 

Sharyn Murray, a Senior Investor Engagement Specialist at The Good Food Institute came on SpotOn! to …

Did We Drink Our Way Through the Pandemic?

September 30th, 2021


The pandemic has had a “shadow epidemic” of mental health and substance use problems. Surveys are showing that a significant chunk of the population …

Should You Eat Breakfast Like A King And Dinner Like A Pauper?

September 16th, 2021


Is a large breakfast beneficial for your health? What is the secret behind portion control?

To kick off Season 6 of Spot On!, we are welcoming back …

Season 5 Recap

April 29th, 2021


A recap to wrap up Season 5! Thank you for listening and we are excited to the launch of Season 6.


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What's New With Intermittent Fasting?

April 22nd, 2021


How can we reap the dual benefits of intermittent fasting?

Joining us today is Sangeeta Pradhan, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, is the Diabetes Program Coordinator of …

What the Heck is the Microbiome?

April 15th, 2021


Gut health is not another health fad, the hype is here to stay!

Dr. Noel Mueller is coming on Spot On! to talk about the world of the microbiome and its connection with our wellness. Dr. Noel has published over 80 …

The Dating Game

April 8th, 2021


What do the labels on your foods tell you?

This week on Spot On!, Bonnie Taub-Dix, MA,RDN,CDN, joins us to explain the meaning behind food labels. Bonnie is a media personality, media trainer, spokesperson, motivational …

Eat to Beat Stress

April 1st, 2021


How can you make changes to your diet to reduce stress?

Harvard trained psychiatrist and nutrition specialist, Dr. Uma Naidoo founded and directs the first hospital-based Nutritional Psychiatry Service in the US. She is …

Cooking for Two or Just YOU!

March 25th, 2021


With the right strategies and recipes, cooking can be less laborious for you.

This week on Spot On!, registered dietitian and cookbook author Rosanne Rust - MS RDN, is sharing many tips for people to save time while …

Setting the Record Straight on Sugar Substitutes

March 17th, 2021


Sugar substitutes often get a bad reputation, but can they be better alternatives to excess sugar?

Our guest for this week, Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDCES, BC-ADM, has been a dietitian for over forty years and certified …

In Tune With Your Immune System

March 11th, 2021


A holistic approach to taking care of the immune system does not include "immune-boosting" promises.

Nationally recognized media registered …

Top 10 Most Googled Diets

March 4th, 2021


Health is a lifestyle, not another diet. Yet, here are the top 10 most Googled diets that promise to make quick fixes. 

Keri Gans, MS, RDN, CDN joins …

Crafty Food Marketing to Dudes

February 25th, 2021


The past, present, and future of food media: who we are, who we want to be, and who we can be.

Through her book called "Diners, Dudes, and Diets: How …

Can You Really Be Healthy at Any Size?

February 18th, 2021


Marci Evans came on today's Spot On! episode to discuss an alternative approach to dietary behavior change that emphasizes healthful behaviors …

How News Can Confuse

February 11th, 2021


How can we make better sense of the information we receive in a world of uncertainty?

Timothy Caulfield has returned on Spot On! to share his …

Should You Be Taking Supplements?

February 4th, 2021


Do you really need to take supplements and how much is enough? Can vitamins fix a poor diet?

This week on Spot On!, we have Elizabeth Ward, MS, RDN joining us to share her expertise on vitamin and mineral supplements. …

Weight Loss: Myths and Facts

January 28th, 2021


Welcome to another season of Spot On! To start off Season 5, we are thrilled to have Dr. Caitlin Dow return to debunk the biggest myths about weight loss. Are some weight loss tips you keep hearing over and over again …

Season 4 Recap

December 10th, 2020


Season 4 is a wrap!

This recap is a compilation of all the episodes released for Spot On! Season 4. You would not want to miss all the amazing tips …

Hunger On Campus - Skipping Meals to Save Money

December 3rd, 2020


Many college students don't get enough to eat. Consequently, food insecurity on campus negatively affects students' health and academic performance. 

What Should Be in Every Athlete's Kitchen?

November 19th, 2020


The secret formula that will improve your workout performance is G + P.

Trusted by sports athletes from all over the world, sports nutritionist Nancy …

Should We Ditch Eating Processed Foods?

November 12th, 2020


Prepare to be surprised by the facts behind processed foods. Here is a hint: it's all about the food quality and how we are eating these foods.

We are delighted to have America's Favorite Food Scientist, Dr. Taylor …

How to Hack Your Way to Better Sleep?

November 5th, 2020


This episode is all about the science behind sleep and how reframing your attitude toward sleep can improve your overall wellbeing. 

Our expert in sleep health, Dr. Michael Grandner, PhD, MTR, has joined us today to …

Is Anxiety the New Normal?

October 29th, 2020


You are not the only one in the world feeling anxious right now due to the impacts of Covid-19 and the current social climate. According to a survey …

The Untold Story of Obesity

October 22nd, 2020


Obesity is not simply a matter of willpower and overeating is not the culprit of obesity.

Media dietitian Lauren Pincus, MS, RDN is here to tell the …

The Flip Side of Plant-Based Burgers

October 15th, 2020


Are plant proteins really the perfect alternative to animal proteins? Did you know that some plant proteins are missing certain amino acids that the body needs?

Lindsay Moyer, MS, RDN has joined us in this episode to …

Undetected and Untreated: Male Eating Disorders

October 8th, 2020


Eating disorder was once invisible to David Proctor, BSc, MSc, a Terrier who became the first collegiate athlete in New England to run a sub-4-minute …

Toss That Sponge! (And Other Food Safety Tips)

October 1st, 2020


Your dishes might not be as clean as you think. When was the last time you sanitize that kitchen sponge? How to prevent food poisoning in your kitchen?

Caitlin Dow, Ph.D. came on SpotOn! to bust common myths about food …

How a Patriot Player Tackles His Finances

September 24th, 2020


New England Patriot's Joejuan Williams reveals his secrets to making smart choices on SpotOn!

As a professional American football athlete, Joejuan shows grit and resilience not only during each gameplay but also in …

Eat Your Way to Clear Skin

September 17th, 2020


Does dairy break you out? Can chocolate clog your pores?

30 to 40% percent of adults - especially females - suffer from acne. Research tells us it’s …

Fast (& Healthy) Foods

September 10th, 2020


If fast foods can be healthy, would you eat them more often? 

Nationally recognized registered dietitian nutritionist Amy Gorin is here to help us …

How to Sneak More Fruits and Veggies into Your Day

September 3rd, 2020


Today on Spot On!, Farm Girl Chef Elisabeth Watkins is here to share insights on the connection between the agriculture and the culinary world.

As …

Season Three Recap

May 21st, 2020


To wrap up season 3 (!!!), we compiled our favorite snippets from throughout the season -  from exploring coffee's health benefits to learning the science of humor. This recap will give you a taste of each episode, so …

41: Quarantined - Why You Should be Laughing

May 14th, 2020


Today on Spot On!, we’re talking humor!

Laughter benefits us physically and emotionally.

We have on Peter McGraw, an expert in emotions and …

40: Quarantined - Do Good to Feel Good

May 7th, 2020


Today on Spot On!, we’re talking to author Elizabeth Svoboda about how helping others, even in small ways, can boost your mood and help you cope.

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39: Quarantined - Flattening the Coronavirus SCAM Curve

April 30th, 2020


From bogus cures to fake home testing kits, American consumers are losing tens of millions of dollars to Covid-19-related frauds. As the pandemic …

38: Quarantined - Manage Your Mental Health

April 23rd, 2020


Today on Spot On!, we’re talking to Dr. Dori Hutchinson about how to care for your mental health after your routine has been completely disrupted. …

37: Quarantined - Tackling Boredom

April 16th, 2020


Itching for a new activity or hobby to take on? Today on Spot On! college student Abby Gross shares her favorite ways to keep busy at home. 

Check …

36: Quarantined - How to Stay Active

April 9th, 2020


Being stuck at home doesn’t mean you have to stop moving.

Today on Spot On! we’re talking to Kate Durant from the Boston University Fitness and Recreation Center. An accomplished athlete (with an Ironman under her …

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April 5th, 2020


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35: Quarantined - How to Survive in the Kitchen

April 2nd, 2020


What foods should you stock up on? Is it safe to eat fresh produce amid the Covid-19 outbreak?

In the first episode of our Quarantine series, we're …

34: From the Archives - Frozen Food

March 26th, 2020


This week on Spot On!, we're revisiting the topic of frozen food from Season 2. As people across the country limit their trips to the grocery store, frozen food is seeing a resurgence. 


Frozen foods and frozen …

33: From the Archives - Meditating Your Way through College

March 19th, 2020


This week on Spot On!, we're revisiting the topic of meditation. We're re-releasing an episode from Season 1 that we hope can help you find mental stability and clarity with everything that is going on in the world.  

32: Supermodel & Dietitian Maye Musk on Overcoming Adversity

March 5th, 2020


This week, we're joined by Maye Musk — supermodel, supermom, and registered dietitian.

A lot goes wrong in life, even when you have a plan. Maye takes us through her life journey, and explains how she triumphed through …

31: Sex in the Dark with Dr. Sophie Godley

February 27th, 2020


There’s more to sexual health than condoms and the pill.

In this episode of Spot On! we’re talking with Boston University Professor Sophie Godley, DrPH, MPH. Dr. Godley answers all the questions we’ve been too …

30: How the Environment Affects Your Food and Health Choices: Live with Dr. Sandro Galea

February 20th, 2020


| About This Episode |

What's the difference between health and healthcare? Is obesity a choice? 

In this episode, we talk with world-renowned public health expert Dr. Sandro Galea. Dr. Galea is a physician, …

29: Eat to Beat the Cold and Flu

February 13th, 2020


| About This Episode |

Can a zinc lozenge cure a cold? What about chicken noodle soup?

This week on SpotOn!, NYC-based RD Jackie London will cover …

28: The Hidden Health Benefits of Coffee

February 6th, 2020


| About This Episode |

Is your coffee addiction (ahem, habit) bad for your health? Or, do the benefits of coffee outweigh the pitfalls?

This week on SpotOn!, we're talking with author Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD. Elizabeth …

27: Studying Abroad - Should You Start Packing?

January 30th, 2020


| About This Episode |

Looking for a new way to spice up your resume while learning about another culture?

Today, we're learning how to make this …

26: How to Set (and Stick to) Your Healthy Resolutions

January 23rd, 2020


| About This Episode |

Setting a New Year’s resolutions is easy. Keeping it is hard.

We're kicking off season 3 with Keri Gans, MS, RD, author of The …

Season Two Recap

December 12th, 2019


| About This Episode |

Season two is officially complete! In this recap episode, we have taken clips from each segment this season to give you an overview that will leave you wanting more. Listen to this episode to …

25: Thrifting: In with the Old, Out with the New

December 5th, 2019


| About This Episode |

It's good for your wallet, the environment, and your wardrobe. This week on Spot On! we're talking thrifting with Jessica …

24: To Snack or Not to Snack

November 21st, 2019


| About This Episode |

This week on Spot On! we're talking snacks. Americans love to snack, but we're not snacking smartly. The most popular snacks? …

23: Why You Need to Hug a Farmer

November 14th, 2019


| About This Episode |

Do you trust farmers to have your best interest and health in mind? 

Leah McGrath, a dietitian for almost 25 years, does! Leah has spent the last eight years visiting farms of all types and …

22: The Crazy Cash You Can Save with Coupons

November 7th, 2019


| About This Episode |

Can coupons really save you money, or are they just a waste of time?

This week on Spot On!, we are joined by Joanie Demer of the Krazy Coupon Lady. Joanie and her partner, Heather Wheeler, built …

21: Milking Almonds? Navigating Plant-Based Milks

October 31st, 2019


| About This Episode |

Oat milk, almond, coconut, soy... are you dizzy yet? 

This week on Spot On! we are joined by Jill Castle, Registered Dietitian & Pediatric Nutritionist. Jill gave us insight into how these …

20: Time to Break Your Love Affair with Bottled Water

October 24th, 2019


| About This Episode |

Thinking beyond the concern of plastic used for bottled water, do you actually know what you're drinking? Where does this water come from? Is it safe, or can it more dangerous than using the tap?

19: Why Trendy Frozen Meals Need To Be In Your Freezer

October 17th, 2019


| About This Episode |

Is fresh food really best? Frozen foods and frozen meals get a bad rep, but could they actually have the same or MORE …

18: The Hidden Truth About Clean Eating

October 10th, 2019


| About This Episode |

The trend of clean eating has gone beyond the notion of eating fresh fruits and vegetables to a dangerous place. 

This week …

17: Why Do I Miss My Pet More than My Parents

October 3rd, 2019


| About This Episode |

Ever wonder why you miss your pets more than your parents at college? Well, there might be a way to help that while reducing …

16: Beginner's Guide to Meal Prep

September 26th, 2019


| About This Episode | 

Does meal prep intimidate you? Where should you even begin? And why is everyone obsessed with it? 

This week on Spot On! we …

15: Is Diet the New Botox?

September 19th, 2019


| About This Episode |

Most people have a daily skincare routine, but they are missing a major element in having healthy skin... the DIET! 

Dr. …

14: What Instagram is Really Doing to Your Brain

September 12th, 2019


| About this Episode |


In our season premiere, we are joined by Marci Evans, a registered dietitian who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and body image concerns with a …

Season One Recap

May 2nd, 2019


| About this Episode |

This is the last episode of season one of Spot On! We take the highlights from all 13 episodes to give you some quick health and wellness tips. Go back and listen to any episode after getting a …

13: Top 5 Tips to Nail the College Experience

April 18th, 2019


| About this Episode |

What would you change about your college experience if you could?  

On this episode of Spot On! we are joined by Betsey …

12: Is Netflix Binge Watching the New Book Club?

April 11th, 2019


| About this Episode | 

Take a break from watching Netflix to listen to this episode of Spot On! How guilty should you actually feel about bingeing …

11: I’ll Have Another: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly about Alcohol

April 4th, 2019


| About the Episode |

A study by the NIH found that 1 in 4 college students report academic consequences from drinking alcohol, but why? What …

10: Vegetarianism: What You Don't Know May Hurt You

March 28th, 2019


| About this Episode |

Vegetarianism and plant-based diets are booming in the media. But are these veggies doing it the right way? 

This episode of Spot On! is a beginner's guide to the world of vegetarianism! We are …

9: Does Viewing Social Media Affect your Body Image?

March 21st, 2019


| About this Episode |

Social media may have a greater effect on how you perceive your body image than you think... 

On this episode of Spot On! we …

8: Healthy Eating on the Cheap

March 7th, 2019


| About this Episode |

NO MORE EXCUSES! Healthy eating can be easy AND affordable, if you do it the right way.

On this episode of Spot On! we dish on tips to eat healthy on a tight budget. We are joined by Clare …

7: Is Intermittent Fasting the Answer to Losing Weight and Keeping it Off?

February 28th, 2019


| About this Episode |

What is the deal with intermittent fasting? Is it unhealthy to deprive your body for long periods of time, or can it be a …

6: Is the Freshman 15 Myth or Reality?

February 21st, 2019


| About this Episode |

What do you know about the Freshman 15? Do you believe it is inevitable or completely avoidable?

This episode of Spot On! will reveal if this looming idea is actually myth or reality. We also …

5: How to Deal with a Difficult Roommate

February 14th, 2019


| About this Episode |

You either hate them or you love them... ROOMMATES!

Are you struggling to see eye to eye with your roommate? Need some advice on …

4: Are Celebrities the New Health and Wellness Experts? (feat. Timothy Caulfield)

February 7th, 2019


| About this Episode |

Who do you go to for your health and wellness information?

Misinformation surrounds us. From well-known celebrities to social media influencers, who can we trust for REAL and ACCURATE health and …

3: Paleo to Keto: Are Carbs the Villain on Your Plate?

January 30th, 2019


| About this Episode |

Despite being part of our daily diets for centuries, carbs have evolved to become the villain on our plates. But why? And is …

2: Why You Should Meditate Your Way Through College and Beyond

January 24th, 2019


| About this Episode |

What have you heard about meditation? Is it a realistic practice for the busy college student that can change their life? Or …

1: What to Eat Before, During, and After You Workout

January 6th, 2019


| About this Episode |

So, you're getting ready for your workout. You put on your gym clothes, grab your sneakers, but wait, there could be an …

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