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Benefits of Baby Swim Class and Where to Look for Lessons

Before I had my daughter I had decided I would get her in the water as soon as time would allow. I read all this crap about how babies love water because it reminds them of the womb, so why waste any time? My real reason wasn’t to recreate her womb, but to teacher her swim skills asap. I grew up on a lake and was a competitive swimmer. Swimming was such a big part of life, and I want the same for my daughter. Of course, I want her to choose to do things she enjoys down the line but for now learning to swim will help her stay safe, avoid fear of water, and get her on the swim team by 6 years old (ok, maybe 7).

After doing some more research, I discovered that swimming has more benefits than the ones I was banking on. Here’s a few reasons why it might be worth opening your wallet for: Continue reading “Benefits of Baby Swim Class and Where to Look for Lessons”

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Protein and Pregnancy

Being pregnant means all of your nutrients are getting sucked up by that beautiful little baby in your belly. While I am happy to share, I often get worried that I am consuming enough of the right stuff. It is recommended that pregnant woman consume 25 extra grams of protein a day. That’s equivalent to 4 eggs or 1 cup of cottage cheese. I don’t know about you, but sometimes the thought of either of those things induces a waterfall of vomit. Protein bars and shakes are an easy way to get that in when you don’t feel like eating. To be honest, in the beginning I couldn’t drink protein shakes because it would come right back up. Now at month 5 I can’t get enough.

It is always best to speak with your doctor about consuming anything of questions such as proteins. However, after talking with mine and doing some research, it seems that protein supplements are generally safe. It is just important to be mindful of the products you are choosing and their ingredients. Here are some of the best guidelines I found. Continue reading “Protein and Pregnancy”

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Speedy Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup

I’ve had a sore throat lately and just didn’t feel like the awesome meatballs I slaved over. With limited ingredients, I looked around to find what I could to make a decent soup. Here’s what happened and it was good! What I made was a small batch 2-3 servings but it could easily be modified to make more.

 

Ingredients

1/4 onion chopped

1tbs olive oil

2 cloves of garlic

1.5-cup vegetable broth, chicken broth (non vegan) or water

1 large head of broccoli

1/3 cup canned coconut milk

1/4 tsp salt

Method

Add the evoo to a small sauce pan and saute onion for 4-5 minutes until soft on medium heat. Once onion is soft, add the garlic (can be whole cloves) broth and broccoli and salt. Cook until broccoli is soft. Add coconut milk. Blend with immersion blender until smooth. Top with pepper and scallions. Yum!

 

Meals

Potato + Apple Pancakes

Here’s a spin on your normal chicken nuggets and fries! These are fairly easy to make, can be prepped ahead, and pack a little nutrition. Freeze some to be able to cook when you need them.

 

Ingredients

1-2 large potatoes shredded and dried

1 large apple shredded and dried

3 tbs coconut flour ( or almond flour if you are ok with using nuts)

2 eggs

1/2 tsp salt

2 tbs coconut oil

Optional add in: Cinnamon

Method

Wring potatoes and apples out in a dishcloth or paper towel to eliminate excess moisture. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until combined.

Heat coconut oil in a large skillet and add the potato mixture in pancake shapes to the pan.

Cook 5 minutes or so on each side.

Add salt. Eat!

Warning: I tried to bake these, definitely didn’t work out!

 

 

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Frozen Foods for One Year Olds

In the year 2019, we know frozen foods are not the best. I know, it’s heartbreaking to hear that your square love affair that began with Ellios pizza may not be passed on to your child. There are some out there that can be nutritionally sound.

I started looking into good for you frozen foods when Savanna’s eating habits began to shift toward that of the non eating 3 year old. I needed to get creative, or maybe go more basic. Also, being pregnant, making dinner would be a vomit inducing task so it’s nice to have a fall back for those tougher days and late nights.

For the younger ones, soft and simple foods seem to be the biggest hits. Here are a few of the top rated frozen foods for kids and a few we have had luck with. Continue reading “Frozen Foods for One Year Olds”

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Case of the Day Care Jitters?

When my daughter was born, my husband and I had just relocated to northern New Jersey, over an hour and a half away from our jobs. Just 8 days after I squeezed her out of you know where and into the world I found myself on an interview for a position I had always wanted. Miraculously, I was offered the job and went back to work with a very cute under 3 month old at home.

A the time, I had about 2 months to figure out what Savanna would do all day while I am working. I am so lucky to have a mom who is off 2-3 days a week and wants nothing more than to spend that time with Savanna. So now, we just needed to figure out those other few days. I had NO idea how difficult the child care search ordeal was. We looked at day cares, in home day cares, interviewed baby sitters, got desperate and interviewed dogs for God’s sake (jk). Continue reading “Case of the Day Care Jitters?”

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Simple Ways to Encourage Mindful Kids

Mindfulness is all the rage. There’s a reason why it has gained popularity. Mindfulness lives up to its claims to create a calmer, peaceful and more happy life. I’m definitely not a perfect practicer, but I always wonder what life would have been like if I was taught mindfulness when I was younger. I had never even heard the word mindfulness until about 6 years ago or so.

I made a vow to teach my daughter now what I learned later in life (and am still learning now!). But how the hell do I do that when she’s 1 and a half?? Here’s what I’ve noticed and been able to do so far. Turns out shes teaching me more than I’m teacher her. Continue reading “Simple Ways to Encourage Mindful Kids”