Avocado for Baby – Avocado Baby Food Recipes

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Avocado makes a great first food for baby due to its texture and creaminess; an extra bonus is that avocado is full or “good” fats and has a high nutrient content!

The Goodness of Avocado for your baby:

Avocados are often called one of nature’s perfect foods because they are said to contain everything a person needs to survive. A wonderful “good fat” food for baby’s brain and physical development, try an avocado as baby’s first food instead of refined cereals.

 When can I introduce Avocado to my baby?

Avocado is a wonderful first food for baby. An avocado is smooth and creamy when mashed – a perfect food that will be more readily accepted as baby begins solids. Avocado may be offered as early as 4 – 6 months old. Babies need carbohydrates, and fats as well as proteins for their growth during the crucial first year and even into the second year.

As you begin to introduce a wide variety of foods, you will find that mashing an avocado and mixing with apple sauce,  pears, bananas and even yogurt make a wonderful meal or snack.

Yes, Avocados are full of fat! Don’t worry about the fat content of an avocado, babies should NOT be on a “low fat” diet. Babies need fat in their diets for proper growth and brain development/ Please disregard any advice to not feed avocados because they are high in fats. If you have any doubts, as always we recommend you consult your pediatrician.

Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat, that’s the good kind of fat!  Avocados have been associated with Latex allergies and sensitivities so ask your pediatrician about introducing bananas to your baby if there is a history of Latex issues.

How to select the perfect Avocado for baby food..

When selecting an Avocado, you want a dark green colour with bumpy texture. The fruit should be firm yet yielding when gently pushed.

When an avocado is sliced in half, the flesh colour should be a green that gently transforms into a buttery yellow around the pit.

The best way to cook Avocados for Baby Food

Avocado is one of the easiest foods to prepare for homemade baby food because you don’t have to cook it! Avocados are served fresh from their peels. There is no need to cook avocados for baby or adult. Give an avocado a gentle roll around your counter to help separate from the shell before you slice.

A Few Basic Avocado Baby Food Recipes:

Mashed Avocado

avocadoStep 1: Peel and de-pit a ripe avocado

Step 2: Cut “meat” out and mash with a fork

There should be no need to use a machine as just like bananas, avocados have a very soft consistency and texture. Avocados do not need to be cooked.


 

Creamy Banana-Cado Baby Food 

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Step 1: Peel and de-pit a ripe avocado

Step 2: Cut “meat” out and mash with a fork

Step 3: Peel and mash 1 banana

Step 4: Place in a blender or food processor and puree until desired texture is achieved. Avocados and Bananas do not need to be cooked.

 


 

 

 

 

Baby’s Yummy Avocado Fruit Salad

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 or 4 ripe avocados
  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas
  • 3 or 4 Pears (steamed)
  • Yogurt (for 8 months +)

Directions:

Step 1: Peel, remove seed and slice fruits as needed

Step 2: Place in a blender or food processor and puree until desired texture is achieved

Step 3: Add a couple of yogurt if desired

*Use diced fruits as a Baby Finger Food snack for older children/toddlers


 

Creamy Avocado Mango Mousse 

If your infant is currently not eating yogurt and/or you do not wish to use any juice, simply peel, de-seed and mash the mango with some water until the proper consistency for Your Infant is achieved.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peeled and cubed mango
  • 1 ripe avocado – peeled, seeded and cubed
  • Plain or Vanilla Yogurt or Water, Apple or Pear Juice

avocado and mango

Directions:

Step 1: Mash the mango with the avocado until smooth –

Step 2: Add Yogurt or Water or Juice and whip with a whisk until a creamy mousse like consistency is created.

 

This will make a great spread or dip for baby’s favorite finger foods. You may also use this as a great Baby Finger Food. Simply cut the mango and avocado into dices or chunks that are manageable for your baby. Mix the fruits together (yogurt optional) and serve.


 

***Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing solid foods to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy risks for your baby.***


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