Avocado makes a great first food for baby due to its texture and creaminess; an extra bonus is that it 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.
“Sodium- and cholesterol- free, avocados contain valuable nutrients including 8% of the recommended Daily Value (DV) for folate; 4% DV for fiber and potassium, 4% DV for vitamin E; and 2% DV for iron. A serving of avocado also contains 81 micrograms of the carotenoid lutein and 19 micrograms of beta-carotene. 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.” http://www.californiaavocado.com/nutrition
Nutrients in Avocados
VITAMINS: (one cup pureed)Vitamin A – 338 IU Vitamin C – 20.2 mg
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – .2 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – .3 mg
Niacin – 3.9 mg
Folate – 205 mg
Pantothenic Acid – 3.3 mg
Vitamin B6 – .6 mg
Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.
MINERALS: (one medium)Potassium – 1166 mgPhosphorus – 124 mg
Magnesium – 67 mg
Calcium – 30 mg
Sodium – 18 mg
Iron – 1.4 mg
Also contains small amounts of selenium, manganese, copper and zinc.
When can I introduce this rich fruit 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. It 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 applesauce, peaches or 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! A medium size avocado contains approximately 322 calories and up to 30 grams of fat – WOW. 1 cup of avocado puree contains almost 700 calories as it would take approximately 2 avocados to make a cup.
How to select the perfect Avocado for baby food?
According to the EWG, avocados are one of the 15 foods least contaminated with pesticides so purchasing organic is your choice.
When selecting an Avocado, you want a dark green color with bumpy texture. The fruit should be firm yet yielding when gently pushed.
When an avocado is sliced in half, the flesh color should be a green that gently transforms into a buttery yellow around the pit.
The best way to cook Avocados for Baby Food
It 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 the meat from the shell before you slice.
This article is originally appeared on http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com