Baby Food: Avocado

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I only recently became acquainted with the avocado. As a  young adult, I avoided it due to its colour and texture, and the fact that it was so high in fat. When I finally tried it, I was in love. Mild and creamy, it mixes well with so many other flavours. It also makes an easy and nutritious first food for babies.

The nice thing about the avocado is that it’s so easy to purée! You don’t even need to cook it first. One of my favourite meals to make my baby is avocado and banana blended together. It creates a thick, creamy, dessert-looking meal that takes about a minute to prepare.

If you decide to store your blended avocado for a day or two, you’ll probably notice that it starts to turn brown. That’s fine; it’s still okay to eat. It doesn’t mean that the fruit is going rotten, it’s just a reaction of the fruit’s flesh with the oxygen in the air.

A standard disclaimer: I am not a doctor. You should check with your pediatrician before starting solids, and if you have any questions about what foods are appropriate for your baby, your health professional is the best resource. It is recommended that you only introduce new foods to your baby one at a time, and wait at least 3 or 4 days before introducing a new food. Check for allergies after introducing a new food: symptoms like diarrhea, rash, gas, or swelling of the lips should alert you to contact your medical professional right away.

Stage: First foods

Health Benefits:  Avocados are high in potassium, fibre, and vitamins E and B. One avocado has the same amount of potassium as two bananas! Many people avoid the avocado because roughly 20% of its calories come from fat, but the fat that it contains is unsaturated, which can help lower total and LDL cholesterol.

Try it mixed with: Banana, chicken, mango

Directions: Avocados are one of the easiest baby foods to make because you don’t need to cook the fruit before you blend it.

1 avocado
4-6 Tbsp. water

Scoop the flesh of the avocado out of the skin, discarding the pit. Add to a food processor or blender, along with the desired amount of water to create the consistency that your baby likes. Blend until smooth.

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