Admittedly I’m not sure I’d really heard of the avocado until I introduced solids to my firstborn. A friend gave me a copy of Super Baby Food which interestingly was the beginning of a completely new approach toward nutrition and diet for me. As a parent you instinctively want nothing but the best for your child and for me that included what went into his tummy. So why wouldn’t I have the same values for myself? My perspective toward food has definitely evolved over the years and though it’s a process, I’m convinced that whatever I eat will have an effect of some kind, whether I choose that effect to be positive or negative is of course my choice! As an avid runner, (and running after 2 little ones!) food has become my fuel and is just as much part of my training as the running itself. Though remember I said it’s process and I can’t deny that occasionally my sweet tooth wins :-) (I was truly overwhelmed with joy to discover the health perks of eating dark chocolate!)
My firstborn has pretty much never had a problem with eating a wide variety of vegetables, I say pretty much as we definitely went through that phase, but this was more of a battle over will and not over a particular food! Apparently this must have left me with the ‘smug parent’ attitude and so our second child, oh, our second child (!)…..was born with a repulsion to anything that vaguely resembled fresh fruit or vegetables. My pride has taken a little tumble! To this day (he’s approaching 5 years old) seeing him willingly put either in his mouth is miraculous! So, I have succumbed to disguising such foods over the years, which is where his peanut butter and avocado sandwiches for lunch began! For some reason, he can’t tolerate a perfectly ripe slice of avocado but yet he will happily devour mashed, slightly browned avocado, spread over bread!!! I’m all for mashed avocado, but usually with additional lime juice, cilantro and a margarita on the side!
I’m 100% more likely to try out a recipe or eat a certain food if I see it beautifully presented. We all know the expression ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, ….but let’s face it, if we’re going to eat it, it has to look good! With that said, instead of going on and on about the benefits of clean eating, I’ll let you do your own research (or you can PM me!) and I’ll leave you with some enticing pictures of one of my all time favorite and versatile foods.
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