We know that it can be easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to feeding our families. When you are contending with picky eaters, time constraints, and sleep deprivation, meal planning and food prep can often feel overwhelming. The BVTMB team along with our sponsor, Healthy Living, is here to provide some fresh perspective and inspiration in the kitchen! From meal ideas to how to feed those picky eaters, we are excited to talk about all things food these next few weeks in our “Growing Up Gourmet, Beyond the PB&J” series.
Avocados are, by far, one of my favorite fruits.
This alligator pear is often given a “bad rap” for its high fat content. Not all fats should be feared. Avocados contain some unusual fats that provide researched-based health benefits:
-Avocado is packed with essential nutrients, including vitamin A,B,C,E, and K, copper, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium.
-Avocados contain a rich supply of fat called oleic acid, which you can also find in olives and olive oil. Oleic acid increases the absorptive capacity of the digestive tract and lowers the risk of heart disease.
-Avocados contain anti-inflammatory properties, which can help mitigate a range of inflammatory associated illnesses.
-Avocados contain antioxidants and fiber, which also promote a healthy digestive system.
Here are some fun and simple recipes that your kids may even enjoy!
1/2 c packed, fresh basil
4 tbs lemon juice
1 chopped, fresh garlic clove
salt to taste
water as needed
Place all ingredients in a food processor or using an immersion blender, and blend until smooth. Add water until desired consistency is reached.
(Pair this with some raw zucchini noodles for a delicious meal!)
Avocado Chocolate Mousse
1/3 c honey
1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tbs coconut oil
4 oz dark chocolate pieces (optional)
Melt honey, coconut oil, and dark chocolate on the stovetop on medium low, being careful not to burn.
Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
Raspberry Banana Avocado Smoothie
Avocados can really do no wrong in a smoothie—they add a lovely richness and thickness. If your kids are anti-avocado, they may not take notice of it paired with their other favorite fruits.
1 c frozen raspberries
1 c coconut milk (almond milk or yogurt)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
honey, dates, or stevia to taste
Blend in a food processor of Vitamix until smooth. Yields 1 large serving.