Our AvoKids party and Avocado Stuffed Tomatoes recipe were sponsored by Fresh Avocados – Love One Today® as part of an In-Home Party Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Why were avocados my kids’ first food? Why are they my choice for a simple snack with nothing more than a dash of S&P? Why are avocados so darned awesome that we’d throw a party in their honor, with everything from avocado drinks to avocado stuffed tomatoes?
That’s easy! There are so many reasons, but these are at the top of the list:
- Avocados are a fresh, whole food, and wholesome, fresh foods are less likely to contain added sugars, salt and other processed ingredients.
- Avocados contribute nearly 20 nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and phytonutrients, that are important to infant/toddler nutrition.
- Avocados are versatile, totally satisfying and DELICIOUS.
We were recently called upon to host the most celebratory of all parties (in my book, anyway) – an #AvoKids Avocado Party! Basically, it was a great excuse to get some friend and their littles together to try out some fresh and fabulous avocado recipes. The kids got more than a little silly showing their avo-love.
We made so many recipes that will remain in our rotation, and the kids rallied around the Chicken and Turkey Bacon Avocado Wraps (They aren’t kidding when they say Kid-Approved!)
The biggest surprise of the day was the Agua Fresca de Aguacate, a super simple, refreshing drink made with water, avocado, honeydew, a squeeze of lime and a dash of salt. Who would have thought?! A definite summer must-have. Avocados never cease to amaze me with their simple perfection.
But overall, the crowd favorite of the day was our plate of Chipotle Avocado Stuffed Tomatoes. (We used cherry tomatoes, but you can use any small variety.) Cute, creamy, zingy and cilantro-spiked, these poppable little appetizers are so perfect for anything from a light lunch to a full-on dinner party.
Chipotle Avocado Stuffed Tomatoes
- 14 large cherry tomatoes
- 1 fresh avocado, halved, pitted and peeled
- 1/2 cup lowfat Greek yogurt (plain)
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
- 14 cilantro leaves for garnish
Head over to AvocadoCentral.com for instructions, along with a whole library of other delicious avocado recipes.
So what else did we do at our party?
We talked about how to tell if an avocado is ripe, what a perfect avocado looks like inside, how to cut it, and what we can do with the big seed inside. (I’ve seen people carve them into little works of art, so we Googled that to see.) We cut some avocados and let the kids who had never tried one take a peek inside. It’s always such fun to show kids what produce looks like in its natural state. Yay for whole foods!)
— Wendy Cray Kaufman (@WendyCrayK) August 27, 2017
One thing is for sure–great food is always a good reason to gather with friends. And if you can inspire some healthy new ideas? Well, that’s an AVOcredible WIN!
Do your kids like avocados? What’s your favorite way to use them?