Can you feed a baby too much food?

Smoothie with Flax and Chia seeds

Smoothie with Flax and Chia seeds

I recently asked Cooper’s pediatrician if it’s possible to feed a baby too much food because sometimes whatever I put on her high chair tray, she shovels into her mouth. Her response was, “You can never feed a baby too much HEALTHY food.” She also recommended a book called Fit Kid Revolution by John Gabriel and Patricia Ronald Rita. I am only a third of the way through the book, but it confirms everything I know to be true. It’s basic premise is anti-diet and pro-healthy lifestyle.  The week’s #bebetter52 challenge has been the perfect challenge combined with starting this book. All week I have woken up thinking what do we get to eat today, instead of what shouldn’t we eat today.

Every time I prepared a meal this week, I figured out a way to add seeds to our food to help give our bodies additional nutrients. I have three go-to items from Trader Joe’s that helped fulfill this week’s challenge.

Raw Shelled Hemp Seed

Super Seed & Ancient Grain Blend

Multigrain Triple Berry Oatmeal with Flax and Chia Seeds (personal favorite).

The multigrain oatmeal has become a morning staple at our house. Sometimes I mix banana or blueberries to add a little extra fruit. Another eating trick Cooper’s doctor suggested is making a healthy smoothie each day for a snack. Her trick is blending an orange in each smoothie to ensure she has an appropriate amount of vitamin C. So this week, in addition to the oranges I picked off our packed tree, I also threw in hemp seeds, kale, banana and chia seeds. So yummy and healthy.

This is our make shift high chair while in San Francisco

This is our make shift high chair while in San Francisco

Our Trip to San Francisco

I have spent the last decade traveling, but since Cooper was born, most of our travel has been visiting family. This week I packed up Coop and ALL our stuff, and we hopped on a flight to San Francisco. I came up here to visit three of my closest friends: Emily, Kelly and Emily. One of the Emily’s baby shower is today. On our journey through the airport on the way up, I had Cooper strapped to my chest while I was carrying a stroller, pack n’ play, high chair, diaper bag and luggage. I whispered to her, “It’s all about the journey baby, embrace not knowing what will happen while traveling because that’s the fun part.” During this weekend away, I have a renewed energy about traveling. I now envision adventures with baby and, of course, my hubby when he can join us.

When packing for our trip to San Francisco this weekend, I made sure to pack 8 packages of the oatmeal with the flax and chia seeds for every breakfast we were away, especially because Cooper loves it. It is great to know certain foods are available to pack while traveling that are loaded with nutrition and easy to prepare.

 

Favorite thing are airplanes, so the airport was her happy place

Favorite thing are airplanes, so the airport was her happy place