Most babies will love avocado. While it isn’t a food you can make a LOT of different recipes with, it’s a great way to get fats into your baby (and I hope by now you know this is a good thing!). I often just cut it up and have it as part of a platter option of food for my son, or spread it on a cracker or bread.
When you’re starting out, you can add it to purees or mash it for them, or offer it in small pieces for them to play with and eat themselves. It’s quite safe because it’s unlikely to cause choking – it’s so soft and melts in the mouth! That being said, always be careful with how large the chunks are that you’re giving your baby. You either need to go with large enough to hold or small enough to go down easy. That in-between grape sized food can be a little dangerous early on.
Why is avocado so great?
Avocados increase circulation, improve brain function, and help build stronger bones.
Avocado is high in monounsaturated fats. Bodies need fats for energy, for cellular health, and for brain function. The fat in avocado helps in maintaining a level of healthy fats in the body.
They have soluble and insoluble fibre which helps keep the intestines clean (and moving), and assists in keeping cholesterol at a healthy level.
High in antioxidants
These compounds protect the body against inflammation, free radicals and disease. Protects the skin against UV damage.
Fat Soluble Vitamins
Full of Vitamin A, E and K which are bound to fats.
30% of your daily folate requirements in one serving of avocado! We need folate even more when pregnant to reduce neural tube defects.
Iron, calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, and zinc. High in potassium, which helps to create a healthy balance of sodium and potassium in the cells.
Avocado is eaten raw. Here are my favourite ways to use avocado with children of all ages (that are baby safe!):
- Combine it into puree with vegetables like zucchini and tomato, even with some lemon juice added too.
- Add it to banana, spinach and either water, coconut water or even coconut milk, and create a delicious smoothie!
- Make breakfast porridges extra creamy (and it adds some healthy fats too).
- Spread it on their cracker or toast (when younger) – they might start by just sucking the avocado off but eventually will devour the entire thing!
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