I remember being so incredibly stressed out about what first foods to start my daughter on when she was a baby. I had read a book that spoke about food allergies and she only had 1 tooth, and I was just so concerned. Totally intimidated. The internet wasn’t as full of blogs back then, no Twitter and no Facebook to quickly use to poll my friends. It was actually a lonely time for me. I was nursing and watching some of my mommy group play date friends passing out the cheerios, and shaking in my boots. I knew I didn’t want to give her cereal but was caught like a deer in the headlights in my case.
I wound up starting Roma on avocados and yogurt and then had a wonderful home delivery organic food service in my town, and we started there. Believe if or not, Plum Organics was not readily available on the shelves back then…
Catherine McCord of Weelicious does a fantastic job of making the experimentation of baby’s first foods fun for both mommy and baby. I only wish I had had access to her blog posts back during my day. Catherine speaks a bit here about how she includes her toddlers in the process of preparing the food. What a great way to encourage their relationship with food!
“Even at 18 months it’s amazing how much he’s capable of doing. He can totally be my co-pilot on this recipe. He helps me peel a banana and plop it in the blender. Then, I’ll wash and scoop the avocado and yogurt into the blender and then let him press the buttons so he can watch it all mix together. His eyes light up so brightly at this culinary achievement. It’s amazing how including Kenya in the process makes him want to enjoy new foods and snack on healthy favorites. Even better, helping Mommy out in the kitchen chills him out a little and takes that crazy baby energy down a notch.”
I chose avocado in collaboration with my pediatrician as a first food for my 10 month old, because it was a texture that was easy for her to eat with only 1 tooth, and it was rich in the perfect type of fat. I was pretty strict about the one food at a time in the beginning, but Catherine has a wonderful recipe that mixes bananas and avocado which is not only nutritious, but creates a creamy and delicious combination for babies and toddlers. “Avocados are rich in the antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin C and E while bananas are filled with magnesium and potassium. This puree is so thick and rich, I decided to get all fancy and call it a mousse.”
Please click here for the full recipe of Catherine McCord’s Banana Avocado Mousse.
Alisa Donner, MSW, LCSW
Co-Founder of PAM, and a mother