Parents the world over worry whether their kids are getting the recommended amount of vitamins and minerals in their diets. But they also know that telling a child to eat something because “it’s good for you” often has the opposite effect. Sound familiar? If so, you’re probably already doing your best to introduce fruits and vegetables into your kids’ food in creative ways. These fun avocado recipes will have your kids asking for more, simply because they’re so delicious.
One third of a medium avocado (50 g) provides 11% of the daily value recommended for fiber, as well as 10% each of recommended daily value for folate and Vitamin K. Plus, there’s no sugar or sodium in the great green fruit, so obviously, you want to put avocado into regular rotation in your kids’ diet. One of the easiest ways to work avocado in is through guacamole. Kids love it because it’s creamy and easy to eat, plus, they get to dip (fun!) and crunch (is there anything more satisfying that biting into a crispy, crunch tortilla chip or veggies like baby carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower?).
To make your own award-winning guac, skin and deseed 3 avocados like an expert by following these easy-to-follow video tips. All you need to do is cut the avos in half and then scoop out the pit with a spoon. Then, use the same spoon to scoop the avo flesh into a bowl, add the juice of one lime, some chopped cilantro, onion and garlic, and a dash of salt, and mash the ingredients all up. Some people like to add diced tomatoes, too.
It’s as tasty as it is simple! Serve with crunchy tortilla chips or use the guac instead of mayo on a sandwich. Or have fun and use the shell of half an avocado as your “dish,” stick a bread stick as your “ship’s” mast, and two tortilla chips as the sail, and watch your snack disappear.
If you’ve made your guacamole in advance and want to keep it looking green and fresh, simply cover it with a thin layer of water or milk and then drain it before serving. Another great tip for those of us who are just as keen on meal presentation as we are on taste!
Pass the Pasta
If your little ones aren’t sold on the idea of eating chunks of avocado, then a little bit of “pasta disguise” is in order. While your pasta is cooking, simply blitz some fresh herbs or greens such as basil, parsley, or spinach in your food processor or blender. Add a clove or two of garlic, some freshly squeezed lemon juice, a dash of sea salt and pepper, a glug of olive oil, one diced avocado, a little water, and blend again.
Once your pasta is cooked, drain it and add the sauce to the warm pasta, at which point your sauce and pasta become one delicious creamy dish. Top off with some good, grated cheese and presto — avo pasta!
When it comes to kids, there’s no greater resistance-melter than chocolate. These chocolatey cupcakes give a sweet finish to any meal, making your kid eager to be part of the Clean Plate Club, while still packing in the nutritional goodness of their secret ingredient: avocado! And they’re not the only dessert that feature avocado. Check out more sweet treat ideas here.
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