Spinach For Your Baby

Popeye was a great motivator for earlier generations to eat their spinach. Perhaps the Teletubbies should stop eating custard and start eating spinach so we can promote eating this wonderful nutrient source. Fresh spinach now comes washed in bags, which can save lots of preparation time. Fresh spinach that is not in bags must be rinsed in multiple changes of water to rid it of sand and dirt, and the woody stems must be removed. Frozen spinach is also an option that tastes pretty good and needs hardly any preparation time.

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When is baby ready?

8 months old

How to buy

Buy unwashed spinach, washed spinach in a bag, or chopped spinach in the frozen section. Fresh spinach should be used as soon as possible.

Homemade Baby Food Recipe

Steaming or microwaving spinach are the easiest ways to prepare it.

  1. Simmering - put it in a saucepan cover with a few tablespoons salted water, and cook on high until the spinach wilts.
  2. Microwaving - put spinach in a shallow bowl with 2 tablespoons water. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 1 minute to check how wilted the spinach is - then microwave at one minute intervals until finished.

If you are using frozen spinach follow the directions on the package.

You may have to puree spinach or chop into very small pieces for baby. Your baby needs some really good molars to chew on spinach.

How to store

Store in a plastic bag in the lettuce crisper. Use as soon as possible.

Are there baby food jars?


Should I buy organic?

Yes. 83% of spinach sampled by the USDA contained pesticides.

Adult Recipe

Please see recipe below under ricotta cheese.

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