You might be wondering what the heck a guacamole recipe is doing on a site for families with babies and young children. Isn’t that something we only serve with tortilla chips on Cinco de Mayo and at Superbowl parties???
I hope not! The creamy texture and mild flavor of avocados should be enjoyed as often as possible! They are packed with healthy fats that support brain function in children and adults (memory, mood, thinking abilities/problem solving) and are essential to the brain development of babies, both prenatally and after birth¹. So eating avocados while you are pregnant and/or nursing passes the benefits on to your baby, and then around 4-6 months of age, baby can eat avocado puree to continue getting the brain-boosting benefits of this superfood. See the Serving Suggestions below for ways to adapt this recipe for your baby/toddler at any age, and notice that most of these suggestions also make a great way to serve guacamole for older kids and adults without the empty calories of chips.
|8-11 months||Set aside some of the diced avocado and serve as finger food or set aside mashed avocado/puree and serve according to suggestions here.|
|12-17 months||Substitute finely diced, peeled, seeded tomato for the salsa, as babies this age have difficulty digesting raw onions.
Serve as a dip for quesadillas (cheese, bean, or shredded/ground meat) on whole wheat tortilla. Serve on top of scrambled eggs.
|18-24 months||Use as a dip for strips of sweet bell pepper. Mix with corn, cooked brown rice and meat (ground beef, ground turkey, or diced/shredded chicken) or beans (kidney, black, or pinto)|
|2 years+||Dollop on top of chili, burritos/soft tacos, or fajitas|
Variation| For children older than 2 years old and adults, you can cut some of the fat while enjoying the benefits of avocado by replacing 1/2 c. of the avocado puree with nonfat plain yogurt.
¹Learn more about nourishing your brain here.