Skip to main content

How to make spinach puree for babies in 20 minutes

Your baby that you just brought home five or so months ago is growing like a weed! Before you know it, it is time for them to eat solids, which can be as young as six months. There are so many things that you can try, from carrots and squash to beets and spinach. A spinach puree can hold a plethora of vitamins that are wonderful for helping to feed and nourish your baby. We’re sharing an easy way to make a spinach puree for baby that won’t have you spending hours in the kitchen.

How to make a spinach puree for baby

To begin: Select your spinach

The first thing you’ll want to do when you are getting ready to make the spinach puree for your baby is to select the kind of spinach that you would like to use. You could choose from full-grown spinach leaves to baby spinach or even frozen spinach. It is entirely up to you with what you want to use. Some quick tips about choosing your spinach, make sure the leaves are looking green and crisp. Also, avoid any leaves that look dark or limp. Remove the stems from the spinach if you have bought fresh spinach.

Related Videos
Spinach Leaves

Wash the spinach

It is very important to wash the spinach that you are about to use to make baby’s spinach puree. However, when you have any extra spinach, it is important not to wash it before placing it into the refrigerator for freshness, as this can make the leaves deteriorate faster. Be sure to shake off any excess water from the spinach when you are finished washing it off. When it comes to frozen spinach, there is no need to wash it off.

Steam (or boil) the leaves


Now comes the fun part! If you are going to steam the leaves, put them into a steamer basket and be sure that you keep an eye on it. Let it steam for about three to five minutes. Make sure that the leaves look wilted and pretty tender for your little one. You may need more time or you may need less time, depending on your cooktop and how quickly it heats up. Once the spinach has steamed, run it under cold water to stop the cooking process of the spinach. Drain it, and you are ready to go.


If you do not have a steamer basket, that is perfectly fine. Instead of steaming the spinach, you can just as easily blanch the spinach by putting it into a pot of hot boiling water for around a minute or so. Stop the cooking process by placing the leaves into a bowl of ice water, which is what stops the cooking process on the spinach when you are using boiling water.

Pureeing the spinach

A great way to puree your spinach is to have a blender or a food processor ready at your disposal when you are ready. You will want to take your cooked and wilted spinach leaves and transfer them straight into the blender or food processor. Then it’s time to blend the spinach until it is smooth. You can even easily add a bit of water or even some breastmilk to give it the consistency that you desire.

Feeding your baby

You can now introduce your finished spinach puree to your baby. Once baby becomes accustomed to the taste, you might want to start to mix other purees in with your spinach puree. Plenty of other vegetables go quite well with spinach, like carrots, apples, parsnips, and more. The excess spinach puree will stay fresh for approximately three to five days when it is sealed within an air-tight container. Another idea for the spinach puree is to freeze it in ice cube trays, where you can easily grab and defrost one in one easy swoop just in time for lunch or dinner. After being frozen, save the spinach cubes from the tray by tossing them into a freezer bag and sealing it. The cubes will stay good for up to two months.

Spinach is a great resource of folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, calcium and so many minerals that will help your baby grow into a strong and healthy child. Spinach has also been found to help with eye health and help to reduce the risk of cancer. It truly is a delicious vegetable powerhouse that will help introduce your little one to green vegetables. Other nutritional vegetables that you can add to spinach purees are peas and other green vegetables. It’s a wonderful way to put your little one on the path to eating healthy solids and pave the way for their tastes down the road when they get older.

Editors' Recommendations

9 healthy air fryer recipes that will replace fast food and takeout
Forget expensive and unhealthy takeout - try tasty air fryer cooking
Mom making dinner using an air fryer

Busy afternoons following work and school often result in fast food or takeout for dinner. It's quick and convenient when the family is rushing around with activities and playdates, but it's not healthy. Of course, the kids love the takeout, especially when it's pizza night. Parents, however, understand the lack of nutritional value in fast food, not to mention the toll eating out takes on the family budget. Instead of opting for takeout on those busy nights, save eating out for special occasions and embrace air fryer cooking.

Making family favorites like fries, chicken tenders, hot dogs, and more in an air fryer are healthier than conventional frying in a pan or deep fryer. Even better is the plethora of healthy air fryer recipes that will make the kids forget about their favorite fast-food and takeout stops. If you haven't tried air fryer cooking, now is the time. So, what is an air fryer and why is it healthier? Let's find out.

Read more
6 healthy sheet-pan dinners that make cleanup a breeze
Learn to love your oven with sheet-pan cooking
Delicious sheet-pan dinner for busy families

Making home-cooked dinners is a lot healthier for the family and certainly budget-friendly, but it can be hard for busy parents to find the time. Dinner preparations and cleanup can be difficult when you're running off to practices and other after-school activities. Who wants to clean a sink full of dishes and pans after soccer and hockey practice? Lack of time is often why many on-the-go families opt for the convenience of takeout on those crazy weeknights.

Ultimately, home-cooked dinners are best for the family because they are healthier. However, not everyone wants to invest in an Instant Pot or a slow cooker to help get evening meals on the table quicker. There are other dinner options that don't take a lot of time or effort.

Read more
6 easy muffin recipes for kids to make with or without your help
Healthy muffin recipes that are so easy to make, your kid can be the chef
Two kids having fun baking in the kitchen.

While kids would prefer to eat dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets partnered with mac and cheese for every meal, sometimes parents want to see their children eat something a bit healthier. That’s where we'll help. If you thought all muffins have to be either loaded with sugar or taste like dry cardboard, you're going to love us.

We found six healthy muffin recipes for you to make with your younger kids, but they are also simple enough that your older kids could make them for you. Eating healthier doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice when it comes to flavor. Make one (or all) of these delicious easy muffin recipes that your kids will enjoy as much as you will.

Read more