STRAWBERRY BABY FOOD RECIPE: FACTS
As follows are some very fun facts about strawberries:
- The strawberry, a member of the rose family, is the only fruit with seeds on the outside. And on average, there are 200 seeds on each berry.
- Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.
- Eight strawberries will provide 140 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C for kids.
- If all the strawberries produced in California in one year were laid berry to berry, they would go around the world 15 times.
- Current research suggests that eating just 8 strawberries a day can improve heart health, lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, reduce the risk of cancers and even improve cognitive function.
- Pregnant women who eat strawberries can lower the risks of birth defects in their children, such as spina bifida.
- The combination of nutrients in strawberries leads to the prevention of and suppression of cancer cells! What other reason could you need?
- Forget Carrots! Strawberries score in the fruit group with the highest antioxidant values, which can help to prevent cataracts and other eye degeneration.
- Madame Tallien, a prominent woman in Emperor Napoleon’s court, was famous for taking baths of fresh strawberry juice. She used 22 pounds per basin.
- The American Indians introduced the Colonists to strawberries. The crushed berries were mixed with cornmeal and baked into bread. After trying this bread, Colonists developed their own version of the recipe and created Strawberry Shortcake.
STRAWBERRY BABY FOOD RECIPE: INGREDIENTS
*Fresh or frozen strawberries can be used when making this puree. When selecting fresh strawberries, organic ones can be considered as strawberries uptake pesticides due to the nature of their outer skin. If you choose not to go the organic route, be sure to wash the fruit thoroughly.
Strawberries (fresh or frozen)
Breast Milk/Formula or Water (optional)
STRAWBERRY BABY FOOD RECIPE: STEPS
- Wash the strawberries and slice them, removing the stem and leafy portion.
- Steam the strawberries if they are underripe or frozen, if not, proceed to the next step.
- Puree the strawberries.
- Add chosen liquid above to achieve desired consistency if the puree is too thick. Chunky puree is ideal for babies 10 months and up, so be sure that it is a smooth consistency.
If you want to change up the flavor, try adding one of the following ingredients to the strawberry puree baby food: applesauce, pear, banana, chicken, greek yogurt, or baby whole grain cereal.