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post #1 of 42
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So Austin (2 1/2 years old) is a MAJOR fruit and veggie lover. Always asks for more salad. Chooses fruit/veggies over cookies/cake. Lately we have been eating a lot of guacamole. My guacamole is just avacado, green pepper, red onion, tomato, chili pepper, garlic powder and a little bit of salt. Someone pretty much told me that I am subjecting my child to a life of obesity because I am feeding him fatty foods. I KNOW that avacado are high in fat...but aren't they high in the GOOD fat??? Austin eats the guacamole with tortilla chips...but with about 1 cup of guacamole he only goes through 2 or 3 chips because he just keeps redipping the chip.
post #2 of 42
Avocado is definitely GOOD fat and whoever told you otherwise needs to crack a basic nutrition book. That's awesome that your son loves fruits and veggies so much!
post #3 of 42
Good fats. Ignore whoever is saying that. At that age they NEED lots of fat to build braincells. Tell them that you're trying to raise a SMART child.

-Angela
post #4 of 42
That's crazy!! I am sure most obese people did not get that way from eating avocados!! No high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil in that!! Plus children that age are usually so active, they will burn it off in no time! It sounds like he eats a good variety of foods so what's the problem? LOL Some people!
post #5 of 42
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Originally Posted by timneh_mom
That's crazy!! I am sure most obese people did not get that way from eating avocados!! No high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil in that!! Plus children that age are usually so active, they will burn it off in no time! It sounds like he eats a good variety of foods so what's the problem? LOL Some people!
I agree!!! My family eats an avacado a day
post #6 of 42
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post #7 of 42
good tip, DoubleOven, i'll have to remember that one! my dd loves avocado too, for which i'm grateful as she is on the smaller side so i like that she gets that added fat.

no one ever got fat from eating avocados! they are super-good for you.
post #8 of 42
Sounds like a yummy guacamole, my dd loves avos too, we have a bit of salsa, some mashed up avo on grainy toast for breakky.
post #9 of 42
Thread Starter 
DoubleOven so it REALLY tastes like ice cream????? My 2nd ds can't have any dairy or soy (As well as other foods) so ice cream is out for me (breastfeeding him...he's 5 1/2 months). I'll have to try that now!
post #10 of 42
We make a fabulous vegan pudding that is avacado based (but it's CHOCOLATE!) Avacados are the best! Babies need fat to build their brains, and people do not get fat off of things like coconut oil, nut butters and avacados. IT's the bad fats you need to watch out for.
post #11 of 42
Thread Starter 
Ooooooooooooh please share your recipe!!!!
post #12 of 42
Amounts are variable! One is:
avacado
strawberries (frozen)
1/3 c. raw almond butter
coconut milk
honey or agave nectar
vanilla

And #2
avacados (I do two here for volume-we love this pudding!)
agave nectar or honey and a dash of maple syrup
vanilla
raw cacao beans or nibs

I just keep blending until I like the taste I'm such a chef! Avacados are what make these so creamy....
post #13 of 42
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post #14 of 42
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Well I decided to try and whip up some avacado pudding and I have to say....this stuff is SOOOOO good. Next time I'll try less sugar though because it was kind of sweet. Thanks for the suggestions mama's. Next time I'm going to try freezing it a bit to make a frozen treat.

Avacado Pudding

2 avacados, peeled and seed removed
1 banana, very ripe
1/2 cup milk (I use rice milk cause I can't have regular milk)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp cocoa powder

Place avacado and banana in blender or food processer. Blend until creamy. Add milk, sugar, vanilla and cocoa powder. Blend again till everything is blended together. Pour into two serving bowls and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
post #15 of 42
Just freeze the bananas in advance-then you won't have to! You can also freeze the avacado...just peel and slice both banana and avacado a day in advance and stick in a baggie in the freezer. Then you will have ice cream!!
post #16 of 42
Fat is essential for kids:

http://www.westonaprice.org/knowyour..._children.html

Cholesterol is essential for brain development, from AskDrSears books and I thought his website but I cannot find now.

Brain development continues well past weaning from cholesterol rich breastmilk.
post #17 of 42
that avocado pudding recipe sounds delicious! do you think it would work if you substitute honey for the sugar?
post #18 of 42
Thread Starter 
I ate more of the pudding after it had been in the fridge for hours...and it seemed to have gotten sweeter, so to be honest, I would probably try it without sugar....and if you need some sweetner, then use a bit of honey. I fed it to DH and he thought it was the best thing. After he ate it, I told him it had avacado and he was SO surprised!
post #19 of 42
I wouldn't use any sugar at all! Maybe a dash of honey...
post #20 of 42
I put it in smoothies and homeade ice creams.I love guacamole.

Think of it this way-your brain is made of fat, your cells are cushioned with fat. Fat is ESSENTIAL to being healthy. I think your son will be totally fine eating avacados regularly. I get so mad when I hear people touting a low fat diet for children.(when it includes knocking healthy foods anyway) I just want to scream.
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