10 Top Tips on How to Include Legumes in Your Child’s Diet

By : | 4 Comments | On : June 23, 2014 | Category : Blog, Food Preparation, Foods, Fussy Eaters, Nutrition

How to Include Legumes in Your Child’s Diet

We’ve shared with you all the goodness legumes have to offer. Now it’s time to share our top tips to encourage your child’s acceptance and enjoyment of this nutritious superfood. Here are our top 10 tips:

  1. Enjoy home made reduced salt baked beans for breakfast
  2. Add legumes to casseroles or bolognese sauces
  3. Roast spiced chickpeas for a tasty snack
  4. Mash or puree lentils, chickpeas or cannellini beans with vegetable and/or meat combinations for your baby
  5. Make delicious dips using legumes combined with fresh, seasonal vegetables and/or nuts, and serve with raw vegetables or lightly toasted pita bread
  6. Add legumes to fresh, green leafy salads
  7. Give vegetable soups a hearty boost with the addition of lentils, split peas, chickpeas or cannellini beans
  8. Pulse cooked or canned legumes with onion, herbs and spices, and mix with some grated vegetables, quinoa or rice and an egg to make some mini veggie burgers
  9. Serve a small handful of rinsed and drained chickpeas as a side on your child’s tasting plate
  10. And finally: keep offering. Remember your child needs to be offered a new food 10–20 times before they become familiar with it and accept it.

More on Legumes:

Cooking with Legumes

INSPIRATION: 40+ Nutrition Legume Recipe Ideas

These tips were first featured in our Autumn/Back To School issue of our Magazine. To find out more about our popular magazines or to purchase online see the links below:

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  1. posted by Alysha on February 18, 2015

    i love cooking with legumes for my 15 month old. Are there any guidelines around when is an okay age to give whole? I’m always worried about them and choking but sure he would be fine! Just wondering…

  2. posted by Christine on February 18, 2015

    You forgot to mention your yummy chickpea cookies! What do you think about besan in place of other flours? Would that count too?


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