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ALL ABOUT AVOCADOS (from the book Super Baby Food)

Avocados are a great first food for your baby. They are an excellent source of unsaturated fatty acids and have a higher proportion of this "good" fat than any other fruit except the olive. Yes, they are actually fruits, even though they are commonly thought of as vegetables. Try suing mashed avocados a a "vegetable butter", a replacement for butter that can be spread on crackers or sandwiches.

Equivalents 1 medium avocado = 1 cup

Age given
at least 4 months

In Season
year around, peak December through May

Choosing

when selecting avocados, look carefully for damage, which sows up as soft dark spots in the skin. tan-colored patches are ok. when picked up, an avocado should feel heavy for it's size. if you're not going to eat the avocado for a few days, select and avocado that is firm, but not rock hard, and ripen it at home. if you plan on eating it immediately, select a ripe avocado as described next.

Ripening
firm avocados will never ripen in the refrigerator - let them sit at room temp for up to 6 days. place them in a brown paper bag to speed ripening. avocados are ripe when they yield to gentle pressure and feel soft all over. another way to test for ripeness is to gently squeeze the whole avocado with all five fingers. (sing all five fingers prevents bruises) if they flesh feels like it is separating from the seed, the avocado is ripe. as avocados ripen, the skin becomes a darker green.s till another way to test for ripeness is to insert a toothpick in the stem end. if it moves easily, the avocado is ripe. avocados are easy to peel when they are ripe; they peel is hard to remove when avocados are under-ripe.

Storing
after ripened store the whole avocado in the refrigerator vegetable crisper for up to two weeks. your young baby will certainly leave avocado left overs. store cut avocados by leaving the skins on and keeping the pit in the uneaten portion.  you can brush the fruit part with lemon juice (if baby is old enough for citrus) to keep it from turning brown. it's ok to eat the brown part, but you can easily scrap it off with a knife. wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

Freezing using the Food Cube Method
the easiest way  i've found to freeze avocado in food cubes is this: take a sharp knife and cut avocado in half crosswise so that you have two "cups" remove the huge seed. use a spoon to scoop out the flesh from peel and place on a flat dish. use a fork to mash flesh on dish. spoon into ice cube trays and pat flat with your clean fingers. freeze up to 3 months. i suggest you give your  baby 1-2 tablespoons for 1/2 to 1 food cube every day for some of the fatty acids she needs for brain development.
by on May. 7, 2007 at 12:49 PM
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nosborne
by on Aug. 27, 2009 at 12:18 PM


Quoting Mama_Bird_0902:

I never thought about avacados..My LO is 6 months and she has been eating solids for about 3 months now...Any recipies that I can make with avacado in it that she might like?


My DS loves guacamoli.  I even make it a little spicy, and he chows it down, and begs for more!!!

My little boobie monster is 10 months old!!




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blessingAH
by New Member on Sep. 26, 2009 at 1:41 PM

I didnt know avocados were good first foods!!! Thanks for sharing!!

Cadiedid
by on Dec. 7, 2009 at 12:12 PM

If your little one doesn't like avocados, try again every couple weeks.  They were the only food my DD HATED when she tried them the first few times, but now she BEGS for them!

BaylorMama
by Member on Dec. 22, 2009 at 11:02 AM

I tried avocados with my 4 month old....not a first food more like a third or fourth food.  But they seem hard for him to pass, he was up last night late really trying for a bowel movement but just was grunting alot....I think they are too hard on his tummy.....so I am ditching them for now.  Maybe again later on.  He has done fine with carrots, peas, and we are trying squash today.

bhwrn1
by on Jan. 14, 2010 at 8:02 AM

My second son LOVED avocados! Sadly, now he's not so much of a fan at 3 y/o. What can you do? I tried avocados with my 7 month old yesterday for the first time. At first he was making funny faces and spitting it out. But then in the evening, I gave it to him with his cereal and slowly decreased it to where it was just the avocado and he loved it! He was opening his mouth wide and kicking his feet for more! I don't see why he wouldnt like them. I eat them all the time and I BF, so he must get a taste through that, right? 

Lilypie

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BlessednHappy
by on May. 3, 2011 at 12:06 AM

Can't wait to give them to my daughter as her first food!

fuzzyblumpkin
by on Jul. 1, 2011 at 11:36 PM

i looove avacados and so did my oldest when she was first introduced to solids. i haven't tried it with my youngest yet.

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