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Easy, tasty strawberry recipes
Strawberry baby food is one of the easiest and definitely one of my top 10 most fun foods to make - and eat. Fresh strawberries will easily become your baby's favorite fruit - but, yes there is a but. Strawberries can cause allergic reactions in some babies, so please consult your pediatrician before introducing strawberries to your baby especially if you have a family history of allergies.
When there are in season, you can buy a lot of fresh juicy strawberries very cheaply and go wild in the kitchen with easy strawberry baby food recipes and even recipes for the whole family.
Unfortunately this lovely fruit can as you know, cause allergic reactions in some people. According to research done at one of Sweden's universities, the main culprit in strawberry allergy reactions is a protein called Fragaria allergen 1 or Fra a 1. The allergen in strawberry is very similar to the allergen found in Birch and usually babies who are allergic to strawberries are in some cases even allergic to birch tree pollen and/or apples.
White strawberries - There are many kinds of strawberries and these include some white varieties. These white species have shown to contain lower amounts of Fra a 1 and are not known to cause any sort of allergic reactions. But finding these white strawberries is no easy task.
Cooked red strawberries- Cooking strawberries could help destroy the allergen but some sensitive people may still get an allergic reaction even from cooked strawberries. Ok, some commercial baby foods meant for stage - 2 babies include strawberries right? Yes, but these strawberries are actually heat pasteurized.
According to Beech - Nut baby food "/.../ Cooked strawberries, on the other hand, usually do not. That's because heat pasteurization destroys the substance responsible for reactions. So Beech-Nut includes strawberries - pasteurized for safety and good tolerance - as one of our Beech-Nut Stage 2 ingredients. Babies are usually ready for Beech-Nut Stage 2 at about six months/.../"Allergy symptoms
Strawberry allergy reaction symptoms may include : Itchiness in and around the mouth, itchy throat, swelling, tummy pain and a runny nose.
Unprocessed fresh or frozen strawberries are so nutritious; they contain great amounts of vitamin C which is great for keeping that dreadful cold away.
Vitamin C also helps babies absorb the iron from meats more effectively. Strawberries are also great antioxidant's and are also rich source of fiber and foliate.
Homemade strawberry baby food can be introduced to babies from 12 months of age. When you do introduce strawberry baby food, do it cautiously as strawberries are highly allergenic.
Strawberries were not recommended for babies under the age of one year in the past but more recent research points out that there really is no need in delaying the introduction of foods like strawberries in the hopes of preventing atopic diseases. Click here (if you are planning on introducing strawberry baby food to a baby under 12 months of age) if you would like to read a report that was released in 2008 by AAP. This report and the advise from your pediatrician may help you in deciding on your next step.
This yummy compote can be served as a delicious dessert or you can mix with a porridge or baby rice cereal to make a tasty breakfast for your sweet pea.Ingredients
Tip! You could puree the fruits if you desire a smooth or less chunky consistency.
These lactose - free strawberry baby food muffins are packed full of wholesome goodness and they will easily make a perfect breakfast or snack for babies and toddlers.Ingredients
Combine all the dry ingredients together in a bowl and set aside. Now, in a separate bowl, beat the eggs lightly and add in the milk and vegetable oil. Pour the egg mixture into the dry mixture and mix well until combined. Put tablespoon full of the mixture into muffin baking cups and slightly press three to four cut strawberry pieces on top of each muffin. Bake for up to 20 minutes or until slightly browned at 190 C. Enjoy!
Wash and cut off the top part of the strawberries. Puree together with banana and then mix in the yoghurt. Serve
For chunkier version, mash the banana with the back of fork and then puree the strawberries separately before mixing in the yoghurt.