urban pacifier – avocados

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Avocados are easily one of nature’s perfect foods because they are said to contain everything a person needs to survive – This is one of the best and easiest foods to feed your baby because it has “good fat” for baby’s brain and physical development.

Ripe avocados do not require any cooking, just cut one in half and mash it with a fork and it is instant baby food and if you are on the go it is the one food that comes with it’s own bowl!

Avocado may be offered as early as 4 – 6 months old. Babies need carbohydrates, and fats as well as proteins for their growth during the crucial first year and even into the second year.

As you begin to introduce a wide variety of foods, you will find that mashing an avocado and mixing with applesauce, peaches or pears, bananas and even yogurt make a wonderful meal or snack. Banana and Avocado is my son’s personal favorite.

Organic or Not Organic?

Good news…. According to the EWG, avocados are one of the 15 foods least contaminated with pesticides so purchasing organic is your choice.

When selecting an Avocado, you want a dark green color with bumpy texture. The fruit should be firm yet yielding when gently pushed.

When an avocado is sliced in half, the flesh color should be a green that gently transforms into a buttery yellow around the pit.

Storing an Avocado

If you are like me you only use half of an avocado at a time when feeding my son, you will need to store the other half. This was difficult for me at first because you are not supposed to give a baby citrus before 1 year of age so I found another way to keep the avocado from turning brown… all you need to do is leave the pit in the side of the avocado that you are not using. Press a small piece of saran wrap against the surface of the avocado to create a skin to prevent air from reaching the surface and then place the avocado with saran in an airtight container in the refrigerator – it will still be green and ready to eat the next day, no citrus needed!

 

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