We\u2019ve all heard and read about superfoods. They are selected foods that are identified as packed with essential nutrients and have a wide range of health benefits. In short, superfoods are foods for the body that pack a powerful nutritional punch. Most of the time, when we talk about superfoods, we tend to focus on super-foods for adults, for pregnant women, for athletes and even for the elderly. In this article, the focus is on superfoods for babies, specifically six months of age and older.\r\n\r\nWhile some fortunate parents find that their babies take to solids like fish to water, the fact remains for many parents that babies can turn out to be quite finicky eaters especially when new foods are concerned. Bottom line? Don\u2019t be too disappointed if junior snubs your gourmet creations at first. Just give the little diner some time! Even if you can only wrangle a small amount onto your child\u2019s plate, you\u2019re doing great.\r\n\r\nIn the first round of our nutrition topic, we turn our sights (and baby\u2019s tummy) to the amazing avocado.\r\n\r\nAvocados are often called one of nature\u2019s perfect food. The reason behind this is because they are said to contain almost every nutrition a human needs to survive. While many might feel that appreciating the avocado requires an acquired taste, just as many begs to differ. In any case, avocados make great superfoods for baby, for who can ignore its lovely texture and creaminess? Furthermore, avocados are high in monounsaturated fats, which are the good fats for the baby\u2019s brain and physical development, apart from the aforementioned high nutrient content! Hence, if it IS an acquired taste, what better way to get littlies to acquire the taste than to introduce this amazing fruit into their diets from as young as possible!\r\nAvocado facts:\r\nThe avocado - also known as avocado pear, alligator pear (thanks to the appearance of the skin of some varieties) or butter pear\r\n\r\nThe avocado is, indeed, a fruit. In fact, according to Wikipedia, its botanical classification is a berry!\r\n\r\nThe avocado is native to tropical and subtropical parts of south and central America, but it\u2019s also grown in warmer regions of America, including Hawaii, Florida and California. The popular, creamy Hass variety is mainly grown in Mexico.\r\nVITAMINS: \r\n(one cup pureed)\r\n\r\nVitamin A - 338 IU\r\n\r\nVitamin C - 20.2 mg\r\n\r\nVitamin B1 (thiamine) - .2 mg\r\n\r\nVitamin B2 (riboflavin) - .3 mg\r\n\r\nNiacin - 3.9 mg\r\n\r\nFolate - 205 mg\r\n\r\nPantothenic Acid - 3.3 mg\r\n\r\nVitamin B6 - .6 mg\r\nMINERALS: \r\n(one medium)\r\n\r\nPotassium - 1166 mg\r\n\r\nPhosphorus - 124 mg\r\n\r\nMagnesium - 67 mg\r\n\r\nCalcium - 30 mg\r\n\r\nSodium - 18 mg\r\n\r\nIron - 1.4 mg\r\nWhat about all the fat content?\r\nFirst and foremost, babies should NOT be on a \u201clow fat\u201d diet.\u00a0 Babies need fat in their diets for it is essential for proper growth and brain development and function. Unless the advice comes from your doctor,\u00a0 there really is no excuse not to feed avocados to a baby solely based on the food\u2019s fat content!\u00a0 However, avocados have been associated with Latex allergies and sensitivities so ask your paediatrician about introducing the fruit to your baby if there is a history of Latex issues.\r\nAvocado just as it is\r\nFor a nutritionally complete and not to mention yummy meal for your little discerning dinner, you only need to mash the flesh of a ripe avocado and feed to the baby as a first food. You may puree it if you wish for an even smoother consistency. If a more watery or \u2018soupy\u2019 texture is preferred, you may add some breast milk or formula to the mashed or pureed avocado For older babies who could do with mild chewing practice, you need do no more than spoon the contents of a ripe avocado into your baby\u2019s mouth.\r\n\r\nAvocado also makes a wonderful finger food for baby. It\u2019s soft enough to be easily gummed by a toothless infant and needs very little preparation - just cut it into manageable slices. The only thing about avocado is, it can very slippery to handle!\r\nSome Superfoods Recipes to Try\r\nRecipe 1\r\nAvocado & Pear Mash\u00a0(Weaning food) \u00a0\r\n\r\n \t1 pear, peeled, cored and diced\r\n \t\u00bd avocado, flesh scooped\r\n \tWater\r\n\r\nMethod:\r\n\r\nPlace pear into a small saucepan and add a little water to cover. Bring to a gentle simmer until the fruit is tender.\r\n\r\nPuree or mash both fruits together until smooth. Serve!\r\nRecipe 2 \r\nSweet Potato & Avocado Super-meal (Weaning food)\r\n\r\n \t1 small sweet potato\r\n \t1 peeled avocado\r\n\r\nMethod:\r\n\r\nBake the sweet potato with its skin for 45 \u2013 60 minutes or till tender. Let cool, peel and mash together with the avocado. Serve.\r\nRecipe 3 \r\nAvocado on a baked potato (6 months and above)\r\n\r\n \t1 medium white potato\r\n \t\u00bd avocado, peeled and mashed\r\n \t2oz (\u00bc cup) natural yogurt\r\n \t1tsp fresh chives, finely chopped\r\n\r\nMethod:\r\n\r\nPrick the potato. Bake in its skin for 1 - 1\u00bd hours at 375 deg F.\r\n\r\nMix the avocado with the yogurt.\r\n\r\nSplit the potato and remove skin and allow to cool.\r\n\r\nTop with the avocado mixture.\r\n\r\nSprinkle with the chives and serve!\r\nRecipe 4 \r\nCreamy Avocado &\u00a0Mango Mousse\u00a0(5 months and above)\r\n\r\n \t1 cup peeled and cubed mango\r\n \t1 ripe avocado - peeled, seeded\r\nand cubed\r\n \tPlain or Vanilla Yogurt or Water,\r\n \tApple or Pear Juice\r\n\r\nMethod:\r\n\r\nMash the mango with the avocado until smooth.\r\n\r\nAdd Yogurt or Water or Juice and whip with a whisk until a creamy mousse-like consistency is created. Serve!\r\nRecipe 5 \r\nSweet Tropical Baby Treat (for 6 months and above)\r\n\r\n \t\u00bd avocado, diced\r\n \t\u00bd small banana, sliced\r\n \t\u00bd papaya, peeled and diced\r\n \t\u00bd kiwi, peeled and sliced\r\n \t2oz (\u00bc cup) unflavored natural yogurt\r\n \tdrop of pure maple syrup (optional)\r\n\r\nMethod:\r\n\r\nCombine all the fruits in a bowl. Top the fruit with the yogurt (and a little maple syrup if you wish) and serve.\r\n\r\nNote: This treat can also be served to younger babies \u2013 just puree the fruits before serving.