National Nutrition Month, Clean Eats Recipe Series | DAY 1 {AVOCADO}

in Mar 4, 2015
I am so excited to be kicking off a new series that will run the entire month of March! March is National Nutrition Month and I've partnered with my favorite eco-friendly toddler dishware company, Replay Recycled, to share three simple ways to serve a variety of healthy foods to your kids all month long! There will be a total of 12 posts, which means 36 total recipes for you to incorporate to your child's diet using food that is easily accessible and inexpensive. All the recipes use minimal ingredients and are focused on making healthy foods the star of the dish. 
Today's recipes are all about AVOCADO, one of my daughter's favorite foods since birth! Below are three easy ways to serve them up to your little ones. 
When Olivia was a baby, we always mixed ripe avocado with mashed bananas and a cooked egg yolk {for extra protein} as a super simple breakfast. As she got older, we experimented with new ways to serve avocados and every single one has been a hit! Because of their creamy texture and year-round availability, avocados are an excellent way to offer your child healthy fats and loads of vitamins and minerals.

{This makes a super simple breakfast side or is great for an afternoon snack and all it requires is bread + avocado / You could easily make this gluten free by using GF bread!}

what you'll need:
+ bread of choice, sliced
+ half avocado, ripe
+ toaster / fork / knife
what you'll do:
+ Depending on your child's age and preferences, you can toast the bread or leave it untoasted
+ Simply mash a half avocado in a bowl using a fork to desired consistency
+ Spread on bread evenly and cut into strips or bite sized pieces

{A dessert the whole family can love, avocado mousse is one that I feel totally great about offering to Olivia as a treat! This recipe serves 4-6 but because there are usually just 3 of us, I often cut it in half}

what you'll need: 
+ 3-4 whole avocados, ripe, peeled + pitted
+ 1/2 cup dutch process cocoa powder, unsweetened
+ 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
+ 1/3 cup agave
+ 1 TBSP pure vanilla extract
+ 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
+ 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk

what you'll do:
Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler. Set aside and let cool slightly.
+ In a large food processor combine: avocados, cocoa powder, agave, vanilla, salt and almond milk; puree and add melted chocolate. Blend until smooth and creamy or leave chunky depending on preference {Olivia loves seeing some avocado pieces in it and it makes it easier to feed herself using a fork}
+ Enjoy!


{A savory and filling dish, this is an easy recipe for breakfast, lunch or dinner that offers protein without the addition of meat, if your child is young and has difficulty chewing meat or if you follow a vegetarian diet / Eggs are often a go-to for us and this recipe is a great one to keep on hand, especially if your child is burnt out on scrambled eggs or omelettes}

what you'll need:
+ 1/2 ripe avocado, pit removed
+ 1 whole egg
+ S&P
+ oven / ramekin or small casserole dish that is oven safe
what you'll do:
+ preheat oven to 425 degrees
+ place each avocado half into a ramekin
+ crack an egg into each avocado half and season to preference
+ bake approximately 12-15 minutes or until the egg is cooked through

~ Megan 


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