Avocados & Babies
The avocado's smooth, creamy consistency makes it one of the first fresh fruits a baby can enjoy.
Along with baby's first steps and first words, a child's first solid foods are an important milestone in early development. Like adults, most children can benefit from incorporating fruits and vegetables into their diet every day. Introducing nutrient-dense, delicious fruits, such as Hass Avocados, to children in their earliest months of life goes a long way towards ensuring they continue to eat well throughout adulthood.
Sodium- and cholesterol- free, avocados contain valuable nutrients including 8% DV for fiber, 6% of the recommended Daily Value (DV) for folate; 4% DV for potassium and vitamin E; and 2% DV for iron in a 1-oz. serving.
A serving of avocado also contains 81 micrograms of the carotenoid lutein and 19 micrograms of beta-carotene. Per serving, avocados have 3.5 grams of unsaturated fats, which are known to be important for normal growth and development of the central nervous system and brain.
Avocados are listed under fruit items that the USDA recommends as one of the best sources for some of the nutrients needed when pregnant or breastfeeding. A 1-oz. serving of avocados contains 4% of the daily values for Vitamin E and potassium, and 2% of the daily value for iron. To see the full list visit ChooseMyPlate.gov. Find more avocado nutrition information on avocados and lutein or the avocado nutrient profile, visit our avocado nutrition facts and label section.
Avocados and Baby Food
The creamy consistency and mild taste of avocados makes it one of the best first fresh fruits a baby can enjoy. For a quick snack for infants, simply mash a Hass Avocado with a spoon and feed directly to baby. Looking for an easy homemade avocado baby food recipe? Try our Easy Hass Avocado Fruit Baby Food recipe.
Avocados and Pre-Schoolers
As a parent, you set the examples of healthy eating habits for your children, now and for the future. One easy way to set healthy food habits, especially for picky eaters, is to make food fun and engaging. Hass Avocados can add both color and creamy texture to meals not only for you but also for children. Recipes that present foods in a fun manner like our Fun-Shaped Mini Hass Avocado and Cheese Sandwiches are a great start to adding creativity to your child's diet.