February 14, 2009

Avocado: A Vegan Toddler's Friend

I didn't discover the wonder of avocado until I was in my 30s. What a shame that I missed out on all that yum for so many years.

Unlike most foods I offer my toddler, avocado is almost always eaten with gusto. And how happy am I that he's loading up on Vitamin K & B6, fiber, potassium, and folate? Very happy. Happier still that he's getting all that cancer-fighting oleic acid and carotenoid lutein.**

Here are a few ideas for introducing avocado to your vegan kiddo:
  • Avocado Boats: cut ripe avocado in half, remove pit and scoop green flesh out with a spoon while sitting outside in the sunshine (it's better than ice cream!)
  • Avocado Roll-ups: spread flour tortilla with Tofutti cream cheese and avocado, slice into 1/2 inch strips and roll
  • Avocado Sammiches: toast bread or bagel and top with avocado (add tomato, sprouts and other fresh veggies if your little one is agreeable)
  • Avocado Smoothies: add 1/4 of an avocado to your favorite smoothie recipe to add a nice creamy texture
  • Avocado Dip: make a spice-free guacamole (just avocado, tomato, lime juice and pinch of salt) for dipping pita or veggies
  • Avocado Pudding: try this recipe (sans the cayenne) from Dog Hill Kitchen for a sweet treat
If it looks like your family is enjoying their avocado adventures, there's more fun to be had if you save a pit and grow your own tree from it!

** Nutritional data taken from The World's Healthiest Foods

1 comment:

  1. Avocados are nature's perfect baby/toddler food. My kids could, and sometimes do, eat their weight in avocados. Yum!


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