- It is filling and acts as a "slow-burning fuel, providing energy for growing children" (http://www.juicing-for-health.com/avocado.html).
- "The potassium content and calories of an avocado is three times that of a banana." (http://www.juicing-for-health.com/avocado.html) Thus, it can provide some much-needed nutrition for these picky eaters. A little goes a long way.
- Avocados are a good source of the following: potassium (as noted above) fibre, vitamins K, B6 and C,folate and copper (http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=5).
- Avocados boost the nutritional content of other foods, by absorbing "more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit" (http://www.avocado.org/nutrition/). Dietary sources of alpha and beta-carotene that toddlers might eat are: broccoli, winter squash, carrots and sweet potatoes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carotene). Sources of lutein that may be in a toddler's diet are: green peas, corn, broccoli and eggs (http://www.luteininfo.com/whereraw).
- Avocados are a good source of monounsaturated fat (one of the recommended types of fat). Fat is important to toddlers because "it keeps a child's body temperature consistent; helps digest vitamins A, D, E and K; helps develop and cushion internal organs; is needed for brain development and assists in general growth and development" (http://www.babiestoday.com/articles/baby-food/fat-in-a-baby-and-toddler-s-diet-797/).
The twins wouldn't eat avocado until I made a toasted sandwich with it. I spread the avocado on the toast first, then spread cream cheese over top.
I would suggest serving avocado to your baby when you introduce solids. Just mash it up.Continue serving it on a regular basis, so that it doesn't become one more green food your toddler refuses to eat!