A little over two months ago, we gave Layla her first taste of avocado, which was also her first solid food. Since that time, she has consumed many different kinds of fruits and vegetables, including: sweet potatoes, butternut squash, zucchini, carrots, Fuji apples, plums, pears, bananas, green beans, peas, spinach, broccoli, apricots, etc. In addition to that, we have given her plain yogurt made with organic whole milk and oatmeal. She used to be a picky eater, but now she’s a real foodie! She devours nearly everything that we put in front of her (the peas and green beans have to be masked as yogurt with a little bit of pear in order for her to eat them, but once they’re in her system, she downs them like you wouldn’t believe).
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And since I’ve been making all of her food at home from scratch, I thought I’d start a Baby Food Recipes section on my blog!
I’ll be adding the baby food recipes in the order that we introduced them to Layla – to the extent that I can remember ???? Avocado was definitely first – because it was the easiest, and because it’s so nutritious for your little ones.
1/5th of an avocado has only 50 calories but 20 vitamins and minerals! Talk about nutrient dense. Avocados also contain:
- Vitamin E
- Healthy fats that help with brain and nervous system development
I mashed up the avocado raw, and fed it directly to her mixed with a little bit of breast milk (you can also mix it with formula or water to thin it out at first). Here’s how she reacted ????
The first time she was like “what are you giving me??” but soon she couldn’t get enough avocado. It’s definitely one of her favorites. And since avocado gets oxidized so easily, I actually tried freezing it and it worked great!
I used these Mumi & Bubi ice cube trays for freezing. I love them because they come with a cover, a recipe book, and the cubes are super easy to get out. One ice cube = 1oz of food. And once I started making this puree in bulk, I used a Vitamix to puree large quantities of it at the same time – which was super convenient!
Also, if you can afford it, I’d recommend using 100% organic ingredients for your baby’s food. That way you can leave the peels on various fruits and veggies (e.g. you won’t have to peel apples and pears before pureeing them), and it’s much more nutritious for your baby.
Of course, there will be times when you’re on the go and need a healthy pre-made option for your little one. And in those cases, I’d recommend buying one of the pouches on my list of the healthiest baby food pouches!
Below is my recipe for super simple avocado: a perfect first food for babies!
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Baby’s First Food: Avocado Puree
Avocado is a perfect first food for baby! Healthy fats for their development, and also amazing texture and flavor.
What Can I Mix With Avocado For Baby Food?
Apples and avocados are both healthy and delicious options for a child’s first solid foods. Both are loaded with essential nutrients that promote healthy growth and development in infants. Apples have a natural sweetness, and avocados have a velvety, buttery consistency that is appealing to infants. This results in a dish that is bursting with flavor for the little one.
How To Store Avocado Puree For Baby
After placing the puree in small food storage containers, squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top of each one before placing in the refrigerator. In order to stop the puree from turning brown, you should make sure that any exposed parts of it are in contact with some lemon juice. In order to freeze the mixture, combine one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice with the mashed potatoes, and then spoon the mixture into an ice cube tray. Freeze.