Aka butter fruit not a traditional food for babies in india, bt gaining popularity amongst new moms lately.
WHEN CAN I INTRODUCE AVOCADO TO MY BABY?
Avocado makes excellent first food for babies because of its taste and creamy texture. It can be given to babies from 6 months. No cooking required, just remove the outer layer, seed and use the green creamy part inside.
Start with only avocado puree when you introduce it to your baby. Once your baby is doing good, you can combine with other fruits like banana, mango, apple, pear, yogurt/curd, etc. After eight months you can include sliced ripe avocados/avocado salad as finger food to babies.
SELECTION AND STORAGE OF AVOCADO FOR BABY FOODS.
Choose avocados that are firm, dark green, and with fewer indentations.
A ripe avocado yields out when pressed gently. Consume the ripe Avocados within a day or two. Place it in the refrigerator to slow the ripening process if not using immediately.
If the avocados don’t yield to gentle pressure, its firm and unripe. Unripe avocados can take four to five days to ripen at room temperature.
You can do a stem test, pull off the stem after purchasing an avocado. If the stem doesn’t pull off quickly, avocado is not ripe yet.
If the stem comes quickly and the color underneath is bright green, it is perfectly ripe and ready to use. If the color beneath is brown, it’s overripe and doesn’t taste good.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF AVOCADO
Avocados are an excellent source of healthy fats. It helps your child’s body absorb nutrients more easily from other plant foods.
Antioxidants in avocado are suitable for baby’s eye health.
Vitamin C in avocados protects baby’s body tissue from damage, which results in healthy skin and hair.
Avocado contains more protein, which is suitable for vegetarian kids.
The high potassium levels found in avocados is useful for regulating your baby’s muscle growth.
Avocados have the right amount of calcium and protein. That helps to build & maintain healthy bones and teeth in children.
The fiber content in avocados helps developing digestion system and prevents constipation in babies and kids.
Avocado supports heart health because of its folic-acid content.
AVOCADO PUREE FOR 6 MONTH OLDS
1.Wash the avocados in running water thoroughly. Cut the avocado vertically into two pieces.
2. Remove the big seed in the center part and just scoop out the inner part using a spoon. Collect them in a bowl. Discard the outer layers and seed.
3. Grind it to a smooth puree. Then add breastmilk or formula milk to adjust consistency.
4. Babies might not like the bland taste of avocado so banana can be added to the blender and the puree can be used as a weaning food.