Doctor’s Advice: Pureeing Berry Seeds

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Jessica:

Hello! I absolutely love making foods for my little girl. She has just started eating pureed foods at 5 months old and she loves everything (except avocados) that she has tried so far. I am curious, though, how to go about pureeing things like strawberries and kiwis. I’m not sure her little insides are ready for the seeds. I was able to do things like red peppers by peeling the skin off, but I’m not sure how to get the seeds out. Please let me know if there is a way.

Thanks!

Dr. JJ:

You can cook berries on the stovetop until soft and then press the pulp through a strainer. You can also pulverize the seeds by processing in your Baby Bullet. They are a great source of fiber. As far as kiwis go, just cut out the core of seeds and offer the green fruit without it’s center, if you prefer not to give the seeds. Of course, again, blending the fruit in your Baby Bullet will get those seeds broken down!

 

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About Dr. JJ Levenstein

Dr. JJ Levenstein is a board-certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and in 2012 retired from her thriving private pediatric practice in Encino, California. She served on the staff of CHLA and Encino Tarzana Hospitals for 20 years and was consistently voted one of the Best Doctors in America® from 2003 through 2012. Drawing from her experience as a pediatrician and mom, Dr. Levenstein serves as president and co-founder of MD Moms, makers of Baby Silk, the first personal care line for babies developed by pediatrician moms. She serves on the board of United Cerebral Palsy LA, is an active writer and sits on the advisory boards of several child-centered websites. She is an accomplished chef and completed culinary school in 2013! She has had a lifelong interest in child nutrition and all things related to preventive health.

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