Take 1 ripe avocado…
Avocados are one of the best starting foods to offer your baby. They contain healthy unsaturated fats that are needed for healthy brain and cognitive development and for the healthy growth of the nervous system. They have a mild not-too sweet taste and a natural creamy consistency that can be easily be digested by your baby’s still developing gut.
For you they are a great source of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that boosts your immune system and helps to keep your skin healthy. The healthy fats they provide help to prevent inflammation in the body and assist in the absorption of other vitamins and antioxidants from your food.
Slice the avocado lengthways around the stone and twist apart. Remove the stone and score through the flesh lengthways. Use the tip of the knife to gently run along the inside of the skin and the slices of avocado should fall away.
For your baby
Take three slices of avocado, roughly chop and place in a small bowl. Mash with a fork or the back of a spoon to form a creamy paste. Add 2 tbsp of your baby’s usual milk and stir well to form a smooth runny consistency.
This is a quick and easy lunch, great for those times when you’re feeling tempted just to open a packet of biscuits. In just 5 minutes you’ll have created a filling nutritious lunch that will keep you going all afternoon and stop that mid-afternoon slump. You can spice up if you wish with a dash of hot chilli sauce.
Chicken and avocado wrap
1 soft wholemeal seeded tortilla
The remaining avocado
1 cooked chicken breast
1 spring onion
1 tbsp crème fraiche
Sprinkle of hot chilli sauce (optional)
Use scissors to snip the spring onion into a bowl. Roughly chop the avocado, tomato and chicken breast and add them to the spring onion. Mix in the crème fraiche and sprinkle with the chilli sauce if using. Spread into the middle of the tortilla and roll up to form a wrap, tucking in the tortilla at each end. Slice in half.