Online parent shopping site Babymoov have put together a selection of strawberry summer delight receipes, perfect for babies and toddlers, as part of their ‘Stress-less weaning programme’, which are super easy to prepare, especially with the help of the Nutribaby 5-in-1 food processor.
Strawberries are a quintessential British summer fruit, emblematic of prestigious sporting events such as Wimbledon – nothing says summer quite like a ripe, red, juicy strawberry! Not only are they delicious, they’re low in calories and fat, and are a rich source of health promoting phyto-nutrients, minerals and vitamins. With strawberry farms situated across the country, strawberry picking can also prove an excellent family activity that can be both educational and enjoyable.
Julia Wolman, Babymoov’s stress-less weaning expert comments: “In terms of size, texture and taste, strawberries are an excellent fruit for summertime weaning. They’re a great source of vitamin C which helps with babies’ all-important iron absorption from other foods in the meal. Served whole, from around 6-7 months, they’re a perfect size for babies to develop hand-to-mouth co-ordination, and over time they’ll learn to chew smaller manageable pieces. Babies love squishing foods too, it’s how they learn, so don’t be surprised if you see a trail of sticky red strawberry juice running down those little arms! For early weaners, purees and mash are a great way to introduce strawberries to the diet, which can be combined with cereals or other fruits to reduce any sharpness”.
♥ Start the day with a refreshing fruit-packed drink…
Melon, Banana and Strawberry Smoothie
Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
150g melon (about half of one) – 2 bananas – 300g strawberries
Method: Remove the skin and seeds of the melon. Wash the strawberries and remove the stalks.
Cut the melon and bananas into pieces and put them in the steaming baskets.
Cook for 5 minutes.
Put all the ingredients in the blender and process until you get a very smooth texture.
Be daring! When you leave the smoothie to rest in the fridge, you can also add a few leaves of mint, which goes perfectly well with strawberry and melon.
♥ Perfectly portable for picnics and great mixed with yoghurt…
Blackcurrant & Strawberry Jam
Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
30g blackcurrants – 100g strawberries – 50g soft brown sugar
Method: Wash and hull the fruit and cook with the sugar in a saucepan for about 10 minutes.
Put a yoghurt and a tablespoon of jam in the blender jar. Blend.
Tip: Depending on how ripe the fruit is, you can increase or decrease the amount of added sugar. Serve homemade jam with the baby’s yoghurt.
These recipes and more can be found on Babymoov’s FREE ‘Cooking Baby food’ app and blog. The app is available to download at the Play Play Store HERE and Apple Store HERE. The blog can be viewed online at: www.cookingbabyfood.com