Green bean is a vegetable that few people know that, apart from its basic vitamins and minerals, it has an increased content of Omega 3 fatty acids, essential for the development of the baby's brain. Also, a less known fact about this healthy food is that it "feeds" with a good part of the sugar in the body, thus preventing the onset of diabetes.
When is it fed?
Green bean is a vegetable that makes the "big entry" in the baby's diversified menu at the age of 6-8 months, because it has a low risk of allergies and is more easily digested by his sensitive stomach. In any case, it is introduced in the menu before the beans, which digest more difficult and presents an increased risk of digestive discomfort.
What vitamins and minerals contains?
With each serving of green beans eaten by the baby, his body receives an infusion of vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids, which help its growth smooth. It is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, but there is no "lag" in the important vitamins and minerals:
• Vitamin A;
• Vitamins B1, B3 and B9 (folic acid);
• C vitamin;
• Vitamin K.
The nutritional properties of green beans act prophylactically and therapeutically on the whole body of the baby:
• strengthens bones and prevents osteoporosis;
• protects the central nervous system and stimulates brain development;
• regulates blood glucose level;
• fight anemia;
• strengthens the immune system;
• prevents cardiovascular disease and regulates cholesterol;
• regulates intestinal transit;
• energizes the body.
How do you choose green beans?
In shops and markets, there are two main types of pasta beans: yellow and green. Regardless of the type you prefer for your baby's menu, it is important to consider some important criteria in choosing this vegetable:
• the color must be intense;
• the surface must be clean, without stains or scratches;
• the pasta should not be too small or too large, but medium, thin and smooth - if they are too small, it means that they have not yet developed enough and if they are too large, there is a risk of being "old", fatty and fibrous, in which case they are difficult to digest, but also digestible by the child's immature stomach.
What tables do you introduce?
The green beans are perfect for the child's lunch tables, from 12:00 to 13:00, in combination with other vegetables with fine texture and easily digestible.
How do you prepare and serve it?
The green bean is used for the baby thermally prepared - boiled or steamed - because these are the healthiest cooking methods (it preserves almost all the nutrients in vegetables).
Before putting the beans to the boil, it is important to clean and wash it very well. It removes the claws and the tips of the pads, on both ends, and, if they are too long, break them in half.
Since the green beans should be served to the baby, either in the form of a puree, it is advisable to put it in the blender or in the robot. Due to the fibrous texture it cannot be passed only with a fork.
When the child starts eating alone and is the right age for snacks, you can offer them the boiled and chilled pasta without passing them, allowing them to snack on their own.
What other foods can you associate with it?
Green beans are great for other vegetables often used in soups or mashed potatoes:
It can also be combined with boiled cereals, such as rice or oats, also in the form of pasta or mash. The classic green bean meal can be served to the child only after one year of age, when more teeth come out and he learns to chew better.
Green bean recipes for babies
Pumpkin puree with green beans and pickles
Yellow beans with chicken breast
Green bean soup
At what age did you first offer your child green beans? What delicious recipes for babies do you prepare based on this wonderful vegetable? Tell us your suggestions in the comments section below!
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