Avocado is nutrient rich in monounsaturated fats, which raises good cholesterol while lowering the bad! They are full of vitamin E and protein. They are also high in folate (great for pregnancy diet). When you incorporate a healthy fat into your meal, it helps the body to absorb the fat soluble micronutrients in the meal - such as vitamin A, D, E and K and some antioxidants.
Incorporating fats in you and your child’s diet also assists in reducing inflammation, aids in immune function, supports healthy bones and joints, great for brain health and function & improves satiety (keeps you full for longer).
Both of my childrens first foods were avocado. I started with very ripe avocado cut into finger shaped slices. Once baby can tolerate avocado, these ‘chips’ are a great way of feeding avocado as they have the perfect texture/size and firmness, and the coating helps little fingers grip it easier.
The addition of coconut oil provides extra good fats and then nutritional yeast gives it a lovely cheesy flavour!
1. Cut the avocado into slices with the skin left on (you don’t eat the skin but it helped it keep its shape whilst cooking). If you leave the skin on when baby is eating make sure baby doesn't eat the skin, its just there to help baby grip onto!
2. Coat avocado in organic coconut oil
3. Sprinkle on top some nutritional yeast
4. Bake in oven at 180 degrees for 10 - 15 minutes
Alternatively you can cut avocado into slices and coat in desiccated coconut (make sure there are no preservatives) as another way to help baby grip the avocado.