Avocados are one of nature’s superfoods! They have nearly 3 times the amount of potassium as bananas and are high in the antioxidant lutein which helps promote healthy skin and eyes. Avocados are also a great source of mono-unsaturated fat, which helps develop the central nervous system and brain. Look for avocados with an even green color and that are slightly soft when squeezed. Avoid ones that are over ripe or are very soft. Let under ripe avocados ripen on your counter. Ripe avocados will stay fresh at room temperature for up to 3 days or up to 7 days when stored in the refrigerator.
Avocado puree is suitable for babies 4-6 months and up. Always make sure the consistency of your baby's food is one he can handle.
½ Medium Avocado = 2 oz puree
*Cut a ripe avocado in half lengthwise around the pit and twist to open.
*Prepare the half without the pit: scoop out the flesh with a spoon and place in a bowl.
*Puree until smooth using the back of a fork and serve. Add breast milk or formula, if needed, to thin puree.
*Place the half with the pit in an airtight bag. It will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 1 day, slight discoloration can be expected. When you want to serve the second half, remove and discard the pit before preparing.
Avocado puree tastes great at room temperature, warm or cool. It is best served shortly after preparing and is not suitable for on-the-go because it discolors and oxidizes shortly after preparation, which affects its taste. However, whole avocados travel very well and are a no cook puree, it can be prepared once at your destination. Bring along extra Sage Spoonfuls jars to serve in.
Some yummy combinations to try with avocado from 4-6 months:
Avocado and Banana
Avocado and Butternut Squash
Avocado and Pumpkin
Avocado and Sweet Potato
From 7-9 Months:
Avocado and Peach
Avocado and Black Beans
From 10-12 Months:
Avocado and Beet
Avocado, Chicken and Mango
Avocado, Tomato and Corn
*Before combining foods, make sure your baby has tried each one individually first.