I scream, you scream, we all scream for avocados! Not quite the way you remember that jingle? Well, if you consider making it your baby’s first food like I did, that might be the mantra you hear coming from her lips as she gets older. I had waited until she was 8 months old to introduce foods, and my pediatrician encouraged the first food to be avocado. She only had 1 tooth, and they said avocados were soft enough and easy to mush up, and that they also were the perfect fat and had the most calories per buck! I remember feeding one to her for the first time and watching her face as she experienced the texture of food in her mouth.
The blog we have chosen to post today was previously posted on Weelicious by our favorite mommy blog food writer and PAM Advisor, Catherine McCord. It is an ode to the avocado, a perfect choice as a first food, and the perfect choice in my opinion as food practically any time of the day and any day of the week. Here is what Catherine had to say about it:
Every week at our local farmer’s market, without fail our favorite avocado farmers split an avocado, drizzle each half with lime juice, add a pinch of salt and give them to Kenya and Chloe to eat in their stroller. Five minutes later, all that’s left are the paper plates and the avocado shells. This ritual has been going on for over two years and I think it’s the most satisfying and complete meal either of my kids have all week. It’s always the simple pleasures in life that make us the happiest, and since Weelicious is all about fast, fresh and easy, what could be a better recipe to post today than just….avocado.
I’m not exactly sure how many avocados my family goes through each week, but suffice to say it’s a lot. We use them in tons of recipes like guacamole, (yes, shakes!), sandwiches, dips, quesadillas, sushi, salads and more. Avocados are a superfood that should be an essential addition to your kid’s diet as they provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-Vitamins and folic acid. They’re also one of the best sources of monounsaturated fats of any food. And don’t forget, avocado is actually a fruit and its creamy, smooth texture and mild taste not only make it a perfect ingredient for both sweet and savory dishes but are also food qualities kids tend to love.
We say introduce it to them the earlier the better! And then keep it in their diet as they mature. Catherine continues on the topic and provides some great tips on how to pick a ripe avocado at the market. Click here to read the rest of her post.