Kids and Avocado
The avocado surprised me the most because we aren’t trained as parents to give our children avocado. My husband thinks avocados are just for guacamole and many others think it’s a vegetable. But avocados are really a fruit, with more nutrition than any other fruit. The avocado’s creamy consistency makes it one of the first fresh fruits a baby can enjoy. Sodium- and cholesterol- free, avocados contain valuable nutrients including folate, fiber, potassium, vitamin E, and iron. A serving of avocado also contains lutein and beta-carotene which support healthy eyesight and a healthy immune system. And they also contain unsaturated fats, which are known to be important for normal growth and development of the central nervous system and brain.
As mothers, we want to feed our children the highest quality, most nutritious meals we can. But you won’t see mashed avocados in a baby food jar! For ideas on how to make your own, visit the California Avocado Commission website [avocado.org/homemade-avocado-baby-food].