Avocados are an excellent source of nutrition for your busy little toddler. According to AskDrSears.com, avocados are one of the best foods to feed your family. This superfruit is packed with vitamins and fiber and provides a small amount of your child's recommended daily amount of potassium and folate. Toddlers love the creaminess and texture of avocados, and you can prepare them in all sorts of delicious ways.
Selecting and Cutting an Avocado
Choose avocados that are ripe and ready to eat. If your avocado is still firm to the touch, place it in a brown paper bag for a few days to allow it to ripen.
Wash your avocado well before you start to work with it.
Roll the avocado gently on the counter to separate the inside from the shell.
Slice the avocado carefully with a sharp knife, cutting lengthwise around the pit. Pull the two sides apart and scoop out the pit with a spoon.
Slice the fruit into sections with your knife, making cuts across and up and down, without cutting through the shell. Then scoop the pieces out with a spoon.
Cut each piece into tiny toddler-safe pieces for your little one to eat raw or use the cut-up avocado in a recipe.
Toddler Avocado Recipe Ideas
Cut up avocado and serve it to your toddler plain. Or you can mash it up and add things like mashed banana, crushed cereal, cream cheese or pumpkin puree. Just mix until smooth and serve.
Place avocado, yogurt and other fruits, like peaches or bananas, in the blender and combine until smooth.
Toast a slice of whole-wheat bread. Mix mashed avocado with a small amount of milk until smooth and spread on toast for your toddler. Cut the toast into small pieces and serve.
Mash together avocado, grilled tilapia and a small amount of olive oil for your toddler.
Spread mashed avocado onto a whole-wheat bagel or graham crackers for a healthy snack.
Make a healthy wrap for your toddler's lunch by spreading mashed avocado onto a whole-wheat tortilla and adding some turkey and cheese. Roll it up and cut into small slices.
- Cut chunks of raw avocado into small, toddler-size pieces. The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that large chunks of raw fruits and vegetables can be a choking hazard.
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