Happy Monday everyone..!! Being a mom of a toddler, I can say that children are quite whimsical when it comes to eating food. Their taste and preferences change so much as they grow. I had mentioned earlier that, my daughter hates Avocados. This was when she was around 8 months of age. I kept trying to introduce her to this healthy fruit every few months, but she wouldn’t eat it at all. This changed last week. We had been to a Mexican restaurant and were served “Guacamole”. Since she was more interested in what her parents ate, I fed her a spoon of Guacamole. And to my surprise she loved it so much, that she didn’t have anything else. It was her lunch for that day.
Since Avocados are back into my list of toddler food, today I am sharing a recipe of a toddler’s version of ‘Guacamole’. I have added tomatoes and little species, as well as little seasoning to this delicious dish. This version is so flavorful that even parents won’t mind having their share.
Avocados are packed with protein, fiber, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, folic acid, and zinc. There is no other fruit which has so much diversity of nutrients. They also contain Omega 3 and fatty acids. For developing and growing babies, this kind of fats are essential and beneficial for overall development. While tomatoes are filled with vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and phosphorus. They are usually introduced to babies after 1 year of age, due to their high acidic content. This can cause a rash to babies who have the sensitive tummy and are prone to allergic reactions. I have introduced my daughter to raw tomatoes at 16 months, without any reactions. This recipe can be given as a dipping sauce with other food items or as an accompaniment or can be served as a snack.
- 1 avocado
- ½ tomato
- A dash of cumin powder
- A dash of garlic powder
- A dash of oregano
littlesalt to taste
- few drops of lemon juice (optional)
- Cut avocado pulp into small bite size pieces. Cut tomato into small pieces as well.
- In a bowl add, avocado pieces, tomato pieces, cumin powder, garlic powder, oregano, salt and lemon juice. Mix it well.
Cut pieces of avocados and tomatoes should be according to the toddler's bite size.
For babies under 1 year, skip tomatoes and lemon juice. Mash it till it gets smooth and serve. Avocados can be given as early as 6 months.
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For parents, add some onions, cilantro, and chilies and enjoy this dip.
Talk to your baby’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.
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