If you're searching for nutritious foods your toddler will eat, don’t forget to add avocados to your grocery list. Packed with almost 20 essential nutrients, these green gems boost the body’s ability to absorb fat-soluble nutrients. Like many fruits and veggies, though, toddlers may give avocados a big thumbs-down. Sneak avocado into your tot's diet by pureeing it first. Getting creative with this nutritious food first can help you get it into your tot without the complaining (or gagging).
Items you will need
- Cutting board
- Lemon juice
- Food processor
Choose avocados that are soft when you squeeze them gently. The skin of a ripe avocado will give slightly when you hold it and press your fingers into it. If it feels like a heavy stone in your hand, put it back, and if it feels really mushy, keep looking because it's overripe. You want avocados that feel just a tad soft.
Wash the outside of two avocados with cool water and put them on your cutting board. Slice the avocados in half lengthwise with a sharp knife. You’ll need to wiggle the knife around a little to get past the pit in each avocado – the pit will stay in either of the two halves. Ditch the pit by loosening it with a spoon and prying it out.
Scoop out the green goodness with the spoon. Keep scooping and scraping until you clean out the inside of the skins. Place the avocado pieces into a small bowl.
Toss the avocado, about 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and a tiny pinch of salt into the food processor. Process the ingredients until you’ve got a smooth, pretty puree.
Add the avocado puree to other pureed fruits such as banana, apple and peach for a tasty and distinctive fruit sauce that most toddlers will love. Or, toss the puree in the blender, add some fruit juice, yogurt and a few ice cubes for a tasty smoothie. Add a little extra water to the puree to make it drizzle-consistency and then use it as a salad dressing over lettuce. (If your toddler likes salad, consider yourself very lucky on the food front!) Spread the puree onto crackers or bread as an alternative to butter. Use the puree as a guacamole dip for dipping chips or vegetables, since most kids love dipping -- after all, it makes a mess. You might be surprised how your little one chows down almost anything she can dip in green stuff.
- If your avocados are rock hard, wait to use them until they ripen. Stick them in a paper lunch bag, close the bag and leave it on the counter for a couple of days. When you open the bag a few days later, you should pull out perfectly ripe avocados.
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