Eating Family Style... And Avocado!

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This week, children in the First Bites program made guacamole. Keep reading for a basic recipe as well as a great tip on how your kids can make it themselves – even children as young as two can get involved!   We are planning a discussion for families on food and children. Please take this quick 3 question survey to help us understand what you are interested in!

Research indicates that letting children serve themselves at meal time helps children stay in touch with their own hunger cues and empowers them to make decisions at the table, which can result in them trying new foods. So, put all the food in the center of the table and give children small tongs and spoons and let them serve themselves. It’s also a great way to develop motor skills (when you use tongs to serve yourself, for example) and reinforce table manners (like sharing and passing). Even younger children will enjoy getting to be in control at the table.

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Guacamole Recipe

Ingredients 

  • 2 avocados (try to buy a few days in advance so they have time to soften)
  • 1 tomato, diced (about 1 cup of diced tomato) 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Wash hands and clean the produce and workspace.
  2. Cut the avocados in half and remove the pit 
  3. Give a child a Ziploc bag. Put a large piece of avocado in each child's Ziploc bag. Remove the air from the Ziploc and close it tightly. Ask each child to "smoosh" the avocado until it's creamy.  Once the children are finished, ask them to open the bags and squeeze the avocado into a mixing bowl. 
  4. Dice the tomatoes and add to the shared bowl. 
  5. Mix the avocado and tomato. Add in the salt. Mix very well. 
  6. Serve immediately with cut vegetables, such as cucumber, peppers and carrots, or tortilla chips or whole grain pita. 

Hands on Learning for Children

  • Washing the vegetables (especially the tomatoes)
  • Smooshing the avocado in Ziploc bags OR helping mash the avocado with a fork or potato masher
  • Cutting the tomatoes (best for older children using a child-safe knife, with close adult supervision)
  • Transferring the diced tomatoes to the mixture (they can fill up measuring cups and then add them to the bowl)
  • Using a spoon or spatula to mix all the ingredients together
  • Serving themselves