When we bought our grove, Jack was about 6 months old. Naturally, we started feeding him avocados from our trees immediately and he has had a love affair with them ever since. He has turned into The AvoKiddo! Check out the short video starring The AvoKiddo.
It’s a new year, so if one of your goals is to help your family eat healthier, start with some avocados. In the spirit of New Year top lists, here are 5 great ways to add a little avocado to your kids’ meals. You can turn them into AvoKiddos without them even knowing it!
- Start them young. While Jack loves avos, my other two boys are reluctant to even try them, you know, because of that dreadful color green. I failed to get them hooked while they were young. Infants love mashed avocados and they are the best first fruit to introduce. To top it off, they are packed with folate, fiber, potassium, and vitamin E – all much needed essentials for your growing baby. This is also the first step to loving guacamole. I set out fresh made guacamole and some tortilla chips one day, walked away for a few minutes, and returned to find Jack using a chip to scoop out the guacamole, lick it off, and re-dip the same chip for more! Just add a little lime, cilantro, salt, and mild spices. Give them chips and let them make a mess dipping away.
- Mix it up with fruit and nuts. My kids still won’t eat salad, but a bowl of sliced avocados with some pomegranate seeds, tangerine slices, and toasted chopped pecans will get gobbled up. It’s fun picking out the little pomegranates and nuts, too. Add a little diced chicken and cheese cubes for some more protein.
- Hide it in a sandwich. Instead of mayonnaise, which my kids hate anyway, try adding a few slices of avocado lightly salted along with some grilled chicken breast on your kid’s favorite bread. Another winner is bacon and avocado on toast.
- Blend it up into a smoothie. Using a blender, mix 1 avocado, 1 banana, 1/2 cup of your kid’s favorite yoghurt (Brown Cow is awesome), 1 cup vanilla almond milk, and 1 to 2 cups of ice. Alternatively, skip the ice, and make sure the banana is frozen. Yummy and healthy with breakfast or a snack.
- If all else fails, try ketchup! Jack seems to like it. 🙂
Learn more about the awesome benefits of avocados at the California Avocado Commission website.