Breakfast is somewhat of an unwieldy event occurring in my house on a daily basis. My family likes to sleep in but the school board seems adverse to tardiness.
I have my tricks for a quick breakfast fix but nothing is more pleasing than do it yourself breakfast made by the kids. Eliott is 5 and after a satisfying winter kiwi fix, he has found a new morning DIY called avocado hero. For those of you that do not speak Eliott, it is an avocado drizzled with raw honey.
While I am more than happy to lift the morning grog with a couple of scrambled eggs and wheat toast for the school age set, it gives me great pleasure when the kids discover healthy dishes they can prepare on their own.
Kids love independence. Avocados are a perfect fit for independent kids. Avocado skin can be easily cut with a plastic, kid-friendly knife, flesh scooped out with a spoon and it requires no dish.
Avocado contains no sugar, so a healthy drizzle of honey is a great companion. Add a piece of whole wheat toast and a glass of organic milk and breakfast is served and you might still be in bed.
I have mixed feelings about my little man handling breakfast on his own. It signals that the toddler years are behind me and I must no longer pinch ruby cheeks in public. I also have a tremendous sense of pride that my family food culture has developed a sense of confidence for my kids in the kitchen.
A note about avocados:
Avocados are big in our southern California household. The first seasonal crop started showing up at the market in February. My recent purchases have not yielded quality avocados. Unidentified fruit imported from Mexico or Chili has proven inedible. Black spots and traces of mold were found in almost all of my pre-season avocados.
I’m the first one to promote quality ingredients, but my love of avocados made me jump the gun. I am reminded of the necessity of finding quality producers you can trust whether it is at your local grocery store chain or your weekend farmers market. Knowing where your food comes from is always the best way to produce great results in the kitchen. Read the stickers and pay attention to what is consistent in quality. I will not be buying any more nameless, faceless avocado this season. I’m headed straight for California Avocados because they rarely disappoint in texture or flavor.
A medium avocado is about 150 calories and although I am amazed that a five year old can eat a whole fruit and ask for more, I am sure there are worse things that could happen to his morning than avocado overload. The most nutrients are closest to the skin so don’t leave any avocado behind.
Also, I love a well executed website about food. The California Avocado Commission has produced a top notch site with copious amounts of avocado information. They could name themselves Avocados ‘R’ US. It’s worth checking out if you are into that sort of thing. Yes, I am a food geek.