Avocados are a great addition to your child’s lunch or a great snack, especially in the morning to fuel their brains for the day. The problem with foods like avocado or other fruits is the enzymatic browning that leaves them looking and tasting less than ideal. However, there is a way to prevent the browning and keep your child’s food fresh until snack or lunch time.
I plan to send 1/2 an avocado in my son’s lunchbox. He is a 1 year old toddler, and a very good eater. So, for some children they may want a little less, but 1/2 is a good starting point.
I cut the avocado in half and cut that half into cubes. I then add about 1 cup of water to a bowl and a squeeze a few teaspoons of lime or lemon juice into the water. I then let the cubed avocado sit in the “water bath” for about 5 minutes to let the acid from the citrus juice deactivate the enzymes.After 5 minutes, pull the avocado pieces out of the water using your hands or a slotted spoon. Make sure to let it drain enough to get off the excess water. Setting it quickly on a towel may help.
With the other half, you can pour some citrus juice over the top and store in the refrigerator until the next use. If you use this half the next day, you will still want to do the “water bath” in the morning when you cube it to get all the surfaces.
By substituting a 1/2 avocado for your child’s morning snack or in their lunch, in place of a carbohydrate, especially a processed one like a granola bar or crackers, you will provide them with more nutrition, fiber to fill them up, and prevent a blood sugar drop that can cause focus and energy issues. This is a great food for anyone from toddlers, school kids, to adults. Fuel them for success!