Irvine, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–July 21, 2006–Pediatricians agree that homemade food for toddlers is a good way to keep them healthy and broaden their dietary selection. California avocados, a staple already present in the Hispanic diet, can be a perfect source for a quick and unprocessed snack for children.
According to the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS), the largest study of infants’ and toddlers’ diets, a higher percentage of Hispanics ate more sweets, compared to non-Hispanic children.(1) In addition, 6 to 11-month-old Hispanic babies had a significantly lower vitamin E intake than their non-Hispanic counterparts.1 With more than 25 essential nutrients and phytonutrients such as fiber, potassium, lutein and vitamins B and E, avocados can be part of a healthful addition to infants’ and toddlers’ diets.
“Mothers today are overwhelmed and just don’t have the time to prepare homemade snacks for their kids, but fruits and vegetables are quick, easy and full of nutrition,” says Dr. Aliza Lifshitz, a primary care doctor and host of El Consultorio de la Dra. Aliza, a nationally-syndicated health program. “It’s a busy mother’s solution to good nutrition…and since most Hispanic mothers already have avocados at home to make dishes such as guacamole and salads, they should get their small children to enjoy the tasty fruit.”
Preparing quick snacks with California avocados for children can be easy because the fruit doesn’t need to be cooked. An avocado is soft and creamy when mashed – a perfect food for a growing child. In addition, by adding different fruits such as bananas, mangos or tangerines, parents can whip up infinite varieties of snacks and meals in no time.
Here are a few tasty ideas that children will enjoy:
— Dice an avocado into cubes as a mid-day snack
— Mix avocados with bananas, apples and grapes for a colorful fruit salad
— Create a quick snack by mixing avocado puree, yogurt and peaches
— Combine a bowl of rice cereal, chopped avocados and fresh fruit
— Sprinkle a little lemon juice on an avocado for a quick snack
— Make a parfait by mixing yogurt, avocado cubes, low-fat soft granola and raisins
According to the FITS, parents should introduce foods to their toddlers at least eight to 10 times in order to increase their child’s acceptance of them.(1)
For more nutrition information about California avocados or for other quick recipes using avocados, visit http://www.avocado.org.
1. Ziegler P, Hanson C, et al. Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study: Meal and Snack Intakes of Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Infants and Toddlers. J Am Diet Assoc. 2006; 106: S107-S123.
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