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Strawberry Puree For Baby + Combination Ideas

Wondering how to make strawberry puree for baby? It’s simpler than you might think! Strawberry puree is a healthy and delicious first baby food that babies 6 months and up can enjoy. In this blog post, we will discuss how to make strawberry puree for baby, whether its cooked or raw, as well as some of the best strawberry puree combination ideas.

Strawberry puree for baby.

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Benefits of Strawberry Puree For Your Baby

Strawberry puree is a good source of Vitamin C, which is important for babies because it helps their bodies absorb iron. Strawberries are also a good source of fiber, which can help with baby’s digestion. Additionally, strawberries are relatively low in sugar compared to other fruits, making it a great option for baby’s first foods.

Preparing strawberry puree at home is easy and can be a great way to introduce your baby to new flavors. Store-bought strawberry puree can also be a convenient option. Just be sure to check the ingredients list to make sure there are no added sugars or other ingredients you don’t want to give to your baby.

Baby strawberry puree.

How to Make Strawberry Puree for Baby (Stage 1)

Here is how to make homemade strawberry puree for a 6 month old baby:

  1. Wash the strawberries thoroughly under running water. Pat dry.
  2. Cut off the stem and leaves of the strawberry.
  3. Blend: Puree the strawberries in a blender or food processor to the desired consistency. There is no need to add liquid for blending, strawberries are naturally full of juice. But you can add breast milk or formula to the puree if you like.
Process shots showing how to make strawberry puree.
Place strawberries in a blender and blend, simple as that!

Strawberry Puree Combination Ideas (Stage 2 & 3)

Here are some delicious strawberry baby food combinations to try:

  • Strawberry and Peach Puree: This classic combo is sure to be a hit with your little one. Simply add a ripe peach to strawberry puree and blend until smooth.
  • Apple and Strawberry Puree: For a slightly tart flavor, add an apple to your diced strawberries and blend.
  • Strawberry and Mango Puree : For a tropical twist, add mango to strawberry puree. You can also mix in a little bit of pineapple for an extra delicious flavor!
  • Banana, Strawberry and Avocado Puree: For a nutrient-rich baby food with monounsaturated fat, combine strawberries, banana and avocado.
  • Strawberry, Carrot and Pear Puree: Simply add cooked carrots and pear to your strawberry puree and blend until smooth.
  • Strawberry and Yogurt (or a dairy free yogurt) Puree: for a creamy strawberry baby food recipe.
  • Oatmeal (Or Other Cereal) And Strawberry Puree: For a heartier baby food, add cooked oatmeal to your strawberries and blend into puree.
  • Add leafy greens (or other green veggies like broccoli and zucchini) for making a more nutritious strawberry puree mixture.
  • An easier, shorter prep time: serve freshly mashed strawberries for more experienced eaters.
Strawberry puree combinations.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to strawberry puree combinations. Get creative and see what your little one enjoys the most!

Fresh Or Frozen Strawberries + Essential Tips

  • If using fresh strawberries, make sure they are ripe. Ripe strawberries will be red all over and smell sweet. You don’t need to strain of your blender is powerful enough, it will dissolves the seeds as well.
  • If using frozen strawberries, let them thaw completely before pureeing. You can do this by leaving them out on the counter for a few hours or overnight in the fridge. If you want to use frozen strawberries right away, you’ll need liquid for blending.
  • Use organic strawberries for babies: In a recent study evaluating the allergenicity of strawberries related to the farming practices, it was concluded that the strawberries from the organic farms were the safest because they contained the lowest levels of compounds responsible for causing allergic reactions) in comparison with the fruits from the conventional systems. Moreover, organically produced strawberries contain more bioactive compounds and antioxidants compared to conventional strawberries from grocery stores. Also is important to note that organic strawberries are produced with very strict rules regarding the use of artificial, harmful substances or genetic modification.
whole fresh strawberries.
Fresh organic strawberries I got from farmer’s market.

Cooked Strawberry Puree Or Raw/Fresh, Which is More Nutritious?

You can cook strawberry puree before giving it to your baby or leave it raw. From nutritional point of view, raw fresh strawberry puree is much more superior that cooked strawberry puree. The high temperature will considerably reduce the strawberry’s nutrient content.

Water soluble vitamins like Vitamin C and anthocyanin pigments (antioxidant) will dramatically degrade during thermal processing of strawberries. When you see the strawberry loosing its bright red color, that’s the sign that it has lost most of it’s nutritional properties.

That’s why some kids that can’t tolerate raw strawberries usually will have no reaction when served cooked strawberries, because the ascorbic acid content was considerably reduced after cooking.

Cooked strawberries.
Cooked strawberries.

If you’re going to cook strawberries, lightly steam them until they are soft but with a deep red color. Less contact with water (steamed) equals more nutrients preserved. Simmering is the least beneficial method of cooking the strawberry puree.

Storing And Serving The Puree

  • When strawberry season is in full swing, take advantage of the abundance of fresh berries and make a big batch of strawberry puree to store in your freezer. That way you’ll have it on hand for those times when you need a quick and healthy baby food option.
  • The strawberry puree can be stored in the fridge for up to 48 hours.
  • Freeze for longer storage in a portioned freezer tray (just like an ice cube) for up to 3 months.
  • When you’re ready to serve, simply thaw the strawberry puree in the fridge overnight. For faster thawing, place it in a bowl of warm water for about 15 minutes.
  • To avoid waste, only make strawberry puree as much as you need. If your baby doesn’t eat it all, don’t re-freeze it, just add it to other foods.
Frozen strawberry puree.
Frozen strawberry puree.

As stage 1 baby food, strawberry puree is best served straight up with a spoon. When your baby moves into stage 2 and 3 foods you can make puree mixtures with other foods (see combinations above).

FAQs Strawberry Puree For Baby

When can I give strawberry puree to my baby?

Strawberry puree is a great first food for babies who are at least six months old and are developmentally ready for solid foods.

Can I give my baby store-bought strawberry puree?

Yes, you can give your baby store-bought strawberry puree as long as it doesn’t have any added sugars or other ingredients you don’t want to give to your baby. Be sure to check the label before purchasing.

Should strawberries be cooked for babies?

You can cook strawberry puree before giving it to your baby or leave it raw. From a nutritional standpoint, raw strawberry puree is more nutritious than cooked strawberry puree. The high temperature will reduce the strawberry’s nutrient content. If you do cook the strawberry puree, lightly steam the strawberries until they are soft but with a deep red color.

How do you mash strawberries for babies?

You can use a fork to mash strawberries for babies. First, cut the strawberry in half and remove the stem. Then, use a fork to mash the strawberry until it reaches the desired consistency. If you want a smoother puree, you can use a food processor or blender.

Can I give my 6 month old mashed strawberries?

Yes, you can give your baby mashed strawberries as long as they are developmentally ready for solid foods, can move food around in their moth easily and have no allergies to strawberry.

When can I start giving my baby strawberry puree with other foods?

You can start giving your baby strawberry puree with other foods when they are ready for stage two foods, which is typically around seven to eight months old.

Can strawberries cause constipation in babies?

Usually strawberries do not cause constipation in babies. In fact, strawberries have high water content can help soften baby’s stools. Strawberries may cause gut discomfort and constipation only if the baby is having an intolerance or allergic reaction to strawberries.

Strawberry puree for baby in a small bowl.

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Strawberry Puree For Baby + Combination Ideas

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Strawberry puree is a healthy and delicious first baby food that babies 6 months and up can enjoy. You can either make strawberry puree from cooked strawberries or use fresh / frozen strawberries if you want to preserve more nutrients. Serve small portions by itself or mix the strawberry puree with other foods to make delicious puree combinations.
Prep Time 3 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Baby Food
Servings 16 tablespoons
Calories 6.12 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup halved strawberries (fresh or frozen)

Instructions
 

Strawberry Puree (Stage 1)

  • Wash the strawberries thoroughly under running water. Pat dry.
  • Cut off the stem and leaves of the strawberry.
  • Blend: Puree the strawberries in a blender or food processor to the desired consistency. There is no need to add liquid for blending, strawberries are naturally full of juice. But you can add breast milk or formula to the puree if you like.

Strawberry Puree Combinations  (Stage 2 & 3)

  • Strawberry + Peach Puree
  • Apple + Strawberry Puree
  • Strawberry + Mango Puree
  • Banana + Strawberry + Avocado Puree
  • Strawberry + Carrot + Pear Puree
  • Strawberry + Yogurt (or a dairy free yogurt) Puree
  • Oatmeal (Or Other Cereal) + Strawberry Puree
  • Strawberry puree + leafy greens (or other green veggies like broccoli and zucchini)
  • An easier, shorter prep time: serve freshly mashed strawberries for more experienced eaters (7 months+)

Notes

  • The strawberry puree can be stored in the fridge for up to 48 hours.
  • Freeze for longer storage in a portioned freezer tray (just like an ice cube) for up to 3 months.
  • When you’re ready to serve, simply thaw the strawberry puree in the fridge overnight. For faster thawing, place it in a bowl of warm water for about 15 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tbspCalories: 6.12kcalCarbohydrates: 1.45gSugar: 0.92gVitamin C: 11.17mg
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Strawberry puree is a healthy and delicious first baby food that babies 6 months and up can enjoy. You can either make strawberry puree from cooked strawberries or use fresh / frozen strawberries if you want to preserve more nutrients. Serve small portions by itself or mix the strawberry puree with other foods to make delicious puree combinations. #strawberrypuree #babyfood #strawberryforbaby #stage1
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