Is avocado good for babies? Avocado recipes

Mashed avocado is recommended as the first solid food for infants in the UK. This fruit has a pleasant nut-oil taste, it is very nutritious and does not cause allergies.

Is avocado good for babies? Avocado recipes

Avocado consistence is very delicate, so it is quite suitable for babies. Mashed avocado is very easy to cook: just remove the pulp and rub it through a sieve or blend — and it’s done! If the puree is too thick for your baby you can add some breast milk.

Why is avocado good for babies?

The value of avocado for infants is really very impressive: it contains almost no sugar, which is enough in breast milk or infant formula. Avocado has little protein but many useful fats — and, therefore, calories.

In one avocado there is as much as 30 grams of fat and completely no cholesterol. Cholesterol is not harmful to babies, but there is enough cholesterol in breast milk, and your baby doesn’t need any more.

Avocado fats are extremely useful, they contain a lot of vitamin E and provide energy. The vitamin E increases lung endurance and the oxygen supply of all organs. And it acts as an antioxidant, protecting our cells.

Avocado is also very rich in vitamin F. This vitamin is a complex of vital fatty acids (linoleic, linolenic and arachidonic). Linoleic acid is very important for infants. If a baby gets linoleic acid in food, his body will be able to synthesize the other two fatty acids — linolenic and arachidonic. Linoleic acid is present in breast milk. But only a few infant formulas contain linoleic acid. That’s why if you do not breastfeed your baby make sure your formula contains linoleic acid and give your baby avocados!

Vitamin F provides healthy hair and skin, it protects against the harmful effects of x-rays. Fatty substances in avocados promote optimal baby growth, because they have a beneficial effect on the endocrine glands activity. Avocado doesn’t contain much calcium, but the fatty acids help the calcium which enters the body with milk become more available for the cells.

There’s another big advatage of giving your baby avocado: this high-calorie product can’t cause obesity, it, on the contrary, fights excess weight by burning unnecessary unsaturated fats. Avocado is also rich in magnesium, potassium and other valuable minerals. Avocado chemical formula is a bit similar to the formula of whole milk. It is useful for the development of brain. Avocados do not contain sodium. They contain folic acid, dietary fiber, iron and are for the eyes. By the way, avocados have more potassium than 45 other fruits and vegetables used for baby feeding.

At what age can I start giving my baby avocado?

It’s better to start after 7 months. Although in some countries parents give avocado puree as the first solid feeding.

You should follow the general rules complementary food introduction. For example, after the first feeding with avocado wait for 3 days to ensure there is no allergic reaction. To reduce the digestive system stress, mix avocado with breast milk or infant formula.

Avocado recipes for babies

Avocado recipes for babies

Multicomponent purees with avocado for baby.

Avocado goes well with other fruits and vegetables, so some moms cook multicomponent purees for their babies. Avocado goes well with apple, peach, pear, banana and yogurt. Be careful about carrots, beets and spinach as they usually contain nitrates, therefore, before introducing them into your baby’s diet consult your pediatrician.

Simple mashed avocado for baby.

Age — from 6 months

Ingredients:

  • ½ avocado
  • Breast milk or formula.

Step-by-step recipe:

  1. Cut one ripe avocado into two parts and remove the pit.
  2. Make avocado puree with a fork or use a blender.
  3. If necessary, add a little breast milk or formula and mix.

Avocado and zucchini for kids

Age — from 6 months

Ingredients:

  • 50 g zucchini
  • ½ avocado

Step-by-step recipe:

  1. Wash and peel zucchini, then cut it into pieces.
  2. Cook 50 g zucchini in a small amount of water (100 ml) for about 10 minutes.
  3. Let the zucchini cool.
  4. Meanwhile cut avocado and remove the pit.
  5. Mash ½ avocado with a fork.
  6. Combine mashed avocado with zucchini, bring the mixture to the consistency of soft puree, adding the vegetable broth from zucchini.

Avocado with potatoes

Age — 8 months

Ingredients:

  • 100 g potatoes
  • 50 g avocado
  • 100 ml of tomato juice

Step-by-step recipe.

  1. Peel and cut potatoes into small pieces.
  2. Pour 100 ml water in a pan and put the potato slices.
  3. Cook potato slices for about 10 — 15 minutes in 200 ml water.
  4. Meanwhile cut avocado and remove the pit.
  5. Mash 50 g avocado with a fork.
  6. Mix tomato juice, avocado and potatoes.