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

Be Better from a Busy Mom

Each week, Be Better Movement wants to feature some of our active participants completing the challenges around the country. We all come from different places, different life experiences and different cultures, but have one thing in common. We are committed to turn self improvement into global improvement. We hope that you become inspired by the stories told. 

Hello! My name is Lauren Hall.  I am a mother of two kids, soon to be three, ages three and under.  I am excited about this week’s challenge: PLAY.  I knew I could successfully complete the challenge and that it would not only benefit me, but my children as well. As a mom of little ones, the meal prep, cleanup, dishes, laundry, sticky counters, dirty floors, etc. seem never ending. Our entire day can be, and typically is, consumed by these daily “chores.”  I have a hard time setting these tasks aside and allowing myself to play without any other distractions or to-do’s.

What I loved most about this challenge is that it goes hand-in hand with one of my New Year’s resolutions.  This year I made a resolution to play and focus on my children for the first 30 minutes of our day before giving any of my attention to chores, housework, and meal prep.  It has made a world of difference in how our day goes.  The “love language” of one of my children is quality time and physical touch. Through the simple act of “play,” I can fill up her cup, so to speak.  The challenge helped keep me more aware and conscious of setting some of the less important things aside and giving my attention to the most important people in my life.  I really enjoyed the time I spent playing with my children this week, and I hope to continue setting aside time on a daily basis to be the fun and silly mom they love me to be.  

I am so happy to be a part of the Be Better Movement.  This is my second year completing the challenges.  The challenges are easy to fit into my busy schedule, and they are little weekly reminders to constantly think about bettering myself while also making a global impact.  Raising money for the charity Every Mother Counts definitely helps motivate me to complete the challenges.  I had an experience seeing first hand the labor and delivery rooms in Kenya, and it’s an image I will never forget. (see pic).  I love that the members involved in both the Be Better Movement and Every Mother Counts are dedicated to helping mothers worldwide have the care they need during childbirth.

Whether it’s to better yourself, your family, or to make a global impact, I invite you to participate with me in the Be Better Movement.  I promise, you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.