Green & puy lentils
Lentils are a fantastic source of protein and selenium. Protein provides energy and is essential for growth, repair and maintenance of the tissues in the body. Selenium helps the immune and reproductive systems work normally and also protects the body against oxidative damage. They’re a real powerhouse as they’re also a good source of fibre, vitamin B6, iron, phosphorous, copper, folate and manganese.
When to give to your baby +6 months
Lentils are a fantastic ingredient to introduce your baby early on in with journey as they are creamy, tasty and so very healthy. We recommend to first introduce them from around 7 months once first tastes have been accepted, however every baby is different so follow your instinct or consult your health visitor if you are not sure. If you find lentils gives your little one gas, don’t be put off. Try leaving it for a few weeks before introducing it again as it can take a little while for your little ones digestive system to manage with digesting, and like we said, every baby is different! Its worth persisting with as these little legumes, as they will offer your growing baby a lot of important nutrients and it’s a good idea to try and encourage as varied a diet as possible from early on in the journey.
The perfect lentils
Wherever possible we like to use organic lentils, which means that they have not been sprayed or treated with any nasties. We understand that this isn't always possible, so buy the best available to you at the time. There are many varieties of lentils; green and puy lentils are the ‘crème de la crème’ of the lentil world, but we also love red ones as well. Store your lentils in a cool and dry place.
Best way to cook them for your baby
They are great to have to hand, to add to a dish for an extra boost of protein and flavour to your cooking. Try cooking them in vegetable stock before adding some cooked roasted vegetables for a perfect complete meal from +7 months, blending to your desired texture depending what stage of our journey you are at.
What goes well with lentils
Fennel, broccoli, parsnip, onion, tomato, cumin