Avocado makes the perfect first food for babies. It’s a healthy versatile food staple for children’s meals and lunchboxes for years to come.
The avocado’s smooth, creamy consistency makes it one of the first fresh fruits a baby can enjoy. Sodium-free and cholesterol-free, avocados contain valuable nutrients including folate. Per serving, avocados have 3.5 grams of unsaturated fats, which are known to be important for normal growth and development of the central nervous system and brain.
The most important aspect of your baby’s diet is to keep it as natural as possible – Avocados are a completely natural and healthy first food for babies going onto solids. They are ideal for when you are on the run – mash up in the skin and spoon out for baby.
The beneficial fats found in avocados are great for looking after your baby’s skin. In particular it comes down to the acids found in monounsaturated fats containing oleic acid. Oleic acid is a constituent of sebum, a lipid/fat that helps prevent your skin from becoming dry. By eating avocados or applying avocados to your baby’s skin, you’ll be helping prevent dryness and keep their skin healthy and smooth.
Preparing Avocado Baby Food
Keep all tools and work spaces spotlessly clean, washing with hot, soapy water and rinsing in hot water. Wash fruit thoroughly before peeling. Avocados may be mashed and served in a variety of ways. They do not require cooking.
Use a blender or food processor to speed preparation. Add formula, juice or cooking water to thin the food. Begin with a thin, smooth, easy-to-swallow puree and as baby matures the consistency can become thicker.
When your child has the hand mouth coordination skills developed it is time to provide them with slices of avocado. They love picking them up and mashing them into their mouths.
Acknowledgement: New Zealand Avocado Association. http://www.nzavocado.co.nz/