Avocados are referred to as the “perfect food” by nutritionists (and I am sure many Mums). As they contain in excess of 25 essential nutrients including vitamin A B C E & K, copper, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium.
Avocado’s have been my favourite choice of “first baby food” as they are not only easy to mash and prepare but they also contain :
- Folate — This water-soluble B vitamin promotes healthy cell and tissue development. This is especially important during periods of rapid cell division and growth such as early infancy and pregnancy. Folate is also essential for metabolism of homocysteine and helps maintain normal levels of this amino acid.
- Monounsaturated Fats — These types of fats help control triglycerides in the bloodstream, lower blood cholesterol and control insulin resistance.
- Lutein — This is a carotenoid (a natural pigment) that protects against cataracts and certain types of cancer, and reduces the risk of macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in adults 65 years of age and older. Avocados contain 3 or more times as much lutein as found in other common vegetables and fruits.
- Oleic acid and Potassium — Both of these nutrients also help in lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of high blood pressure.
Another reason why I love avocados is that they make the creamiest smoothies ! It might sound weird but trust me, if you feel bloated using dairy, substituting half an avocado in your smoothie will satisfy any milky, creamy cravings you have.
Try this :
Bang this all into a blender or food processor ..
1/2 ripe Avocado
1/2 cup Almond Milk
1/2 cup Coconut Water
1 cup Kale
1/2 Frozen banana
1 -2 tsp nut butter
Optional : 1 – 2 tsp stevia or preferred sweetener or for a protein boost add 1 scoop of Protein Supplies Australia Protein Powder
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Blend it all up until super smooth, then get in in your tum.
This is my “go to” smoothie when I am staring into the pantry starving and not knowing what I want. Always satisfies.
TIP : Stock up on Avocados at your local farmers market, then cut them up (no skin) and store pieces in the freezer so you always have them handy for smoothies or baby food.
P.S for another creamy avocado treat try my Avocado Chocolate Mousse