Avocados are superfoods that are jam packed with tons of goodness in that tiny fruit!
Little wonder why they are highly recommended as a baby’s first food during solids introduction too.
According to Whfoods, “Avocados are a good source of pantothenic acid, dietary fiber, vitamin K, copper, folate, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin E, and vitamin C. Although they are fruits, avocados have a high fat content of between 71 to 88% of their total calories—about 20 times the average for other fruits.”
With its high fat content made up mainly of Omega-3 and Omega-6, this fruit supports healthy hearts and brains!
It also has a rather neutral taste albeit its creamy texture, so parents need not worry about “spoiling” their children’s taste buds.
Avocados are great for adults too. They make great and easy breakfast options, so how about sharing some healthy firsr meal with your bubs?
We did an easy avocado recipe with fresh eggs and condiments available in everyone’s kitchen. Or, you could try this baked dish as a snack – they’re bound to score too!
Baked Avocados with Fresh Eggs
1 ripe avocado, pitted
2 fresh eggs
A sprinkle of Italian Herbs
A sprinkle of salt or coarse sea salt, if preferred
A dash of black pepper (optional)
1) Preheat oven at 180deg. Pit avocado and slice into half. Using a teaspoon, remove some avocado around the pit area to make space for egg.
2) Crack egg one at a time, either into a separate bowl or directly into avocado. Ensure yolk fits into avocado. The egg may overflow if the space is not deep enough. Excess egg can be used to make an accompanying sides of omelette or fried egg whites.
3) Bake in oven for 15-20 min or until desired state of egg yolk. If offering children or pregnant women, ensure egg is fully cooked.
4) When ready to serve, sprinkle some salt, Italian herbs and pepper as desired. This step is optional and entirely up to preference. Be careful when serving children as the avocado and egg will be scorching hot. Bon appetit!
To make it easy for your toddler who’s learning to use utensils, cut the avocado and egg into bite size to allow your child to practice with fork or spoon.
For younger ones who are practising Baby Led Weaning (BLW), the avocado gets slightly harder so perhaps a little less mushy for your bubba too!
– Here’s a guide on how to choose a ripe avocado:
– If you’re using half an avocado, here’s how you can keep the other side fresh:
>> Keep cut avocado in air tight container with a cut onion and place in fridge
>> 5 methods were put to the test to see which worked best to keep avocados from turning brown: seems like lemon/lime juice failed too!
– If your baby is trying eggs for the first time, let him have the yolk first. Once he’s cleared of any allergenic reactions after the 3day rule, introduce egg whites. Whole eggs should be introduced only if your child shows no sign of allergies to them.
– For babies, avocados can be served uncooked, so dont worry about having to cook before trying.
For more breakfast ideas that take under 5 minutes to 30 minutes, here’s a bumper list of quick and easy recipes that you and your babies can enjoy together!
What are some of your favourite breakfast food for your bubbas? Do share with us too!