It’s tough being a new parent. Aside from your lack of sleep, you worry whether your little one is getting enough rest and whether they’re healthy and happy. And then there’s that other big concern: Are they eating enough nutrient-rich food?
As a rule, we always suggest going to see a pediatrician before starting or changing your baby’s diet and here are some simple solutions to discuss with him or her about ensuring that your baby is getting some nutrient-dense, yummy foods you can whip up at home or easily make when you’re out and about. With the green goodness of avocado, seriously, you’ve got this!
Avocado: The great green fruit
Why are avocados so good for you and your wee one? There are lots of reasons! First, avocados have good fats and are nutrient dense. They contain 10% of the daily recommended Vitamin K, folate, and copper and 11% of daily recommended fiber. But it’s what they don’t have that’s just as important! Avocados are a fruit that’s naturally free of sugar and sodium.
The proof is in the pudding
In general, most pediatricians suggest you start out by offering babies single servings of fruits or vegetables. And we bet it won’t be a problem to get your little person to eat up a buttery, creamy avocado mash. Simply purée or mash one pitted and peeled Avocado From Mexico with a little bit of baby formula or breast milk to yield almost a cup of purée.
If your baby is interested in exploring new flavors, try mashing some ripe banana into the avocado to sweeten the deal. If you need to refrigerate any leftovers, pour a thin layer of milk or water over your purée, cover, and store. You can watch this video to ensure you’re doing it right! When you’re ready to feed it to baby, dump the liquid and enjoy! (Psst! The same storage tip applies to guacamole!)
To select a ripe avocado for making your baby’s avo purée, look for skin that’s dark green to nearly black, bumpy in texture, and yields to pressure when you give it a gentle squeeze — without feeling mushy. If you’re more of a visual learn, you can click this linkwatch the video! And just like that, you’re set for whenever baby’s mealtime hits, with something that ticks all the boxes for fast, easy, delicious, and nutritious!