|Baby-led feeding can be so easy with a few common sense choices and preparation. Avocado is a perfect example of an excellent choice for baby’s first food introduction as a cereal alternative for several reasons:|
- They are easy to digest and have the highest fiber content of any fruit or vegetable
- Needs only minimal preparation. Because of an avocado’s consistency they are easily mashed by an infant’s jaws.
- Rich in monounsaturated fat, the “good fat”, which is helpful in fattening up underweight infants
- High calorie content- good choice for growing babies
- Good source of vitamin A, C and E which naturally boosts their immune system
Throughout the life of a child their taste buds are constantly changing, by introducing it early and often baby
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will become accustomed to its flavor and learn to enjoy it.
Here are some easy tips to help your child enjoy avocados:
- Selecting a ripe avocado is imperative for flavor, texture and preparation. Choose unbruised, unscarred fruit with no wrinkles. Do not squeeze it or you’ll bruise it. A trick to use when selecting an avocado is to look at the stem end; if it is ripe, the stem will pull right out.
- Let them help. My boys love to help with the preparation of dinner during which they are happily taste testing. They may eat most of their meal during this time so I make sure to leave small portions of each ingredient within their reach. I have always allowed my children to be part of mealtime preparation as soon as they could stand on a chair at the counter.
- Encourage them to have fun with their food. Avocados are a great green color with a wonderful large ball-shaped seed babies love to explore. Let your child smash and smear it around. If they learn to enjoy its texture, the love for its taste will soon follow.
Serve it many different ways. Some of our favorites: spread on whole wheat toast, sliced into easy to handle wedge shape, with scrambled eggs.
- Go ahead and season: Although we must limit baby’s salt and sugar intake, avocado is an excellent food to introduce seasonings to baby.
This is my tried and true guacamole recipe. It’s light, fresh and brings home the flavors of real food.
Guacamole for Mamas
* This recipe is not intended for babies
5 medium avocados
¼ cup fresh cilantro; de-stemmed, chopped
¼ small red onion- diced
1 fresh jalapeno pepper- finely minced
1 small Roma tomato- diced
Juice of 3 small limes
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
¼ tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp. chicken bouillon (I prefer Better Than Bouillon- Chicken Base)
Dash of hot sauce
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
Cut avocados down the center, remove seeds, scoop fleshy fruit into food processor. Add onion, cilantro, and jalapeno pepper. Pulse to desired consistency. I like to leave mine slightly chunky. Spoon in mixing bowl, add remaining ingredients. Leftover will hold for a day or two, if it starts to brown, just stir before serving.
Joanie Whitman Special Projects Manager for The Soft Landing and founder of Kansas City Baby Planners where she offers in-depth consultations to new and expecting parents in the areas of baby led feeding, baby proofing and going green with baby.
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