Pea

Nutrients

For such a small vegetable, peas really do punch above their weight. Full of Vitamin C and folate, and a good source of niacin, iron and potassium, they’re one of life’s little super heroes. Vitamin C helps wounds heal and is important for the growth and development of tissues as well as playing an important role in the immune system. Folate works together with Vitamin b12 to help make red blood cells and makes sure our nervous system is working as it should be. Niacin otherwise known as vitamin b3 is needed to release energy from food it’s also important in keeping the skin and immune system healthy. Iron is essential for helping to transport oxygen around the body and keeping energy levels up. Potassium is needed to maintain a good balance in body fluids and make sure all the nerves and muscles are staying strong and healthy.

When to give to your baby +4-6 months
These wonderful small vegetables are great as a baby’s first greens. We recommend to start weaning at around 6 months, however every baby is different so follow your instinct or consult your health visitor if you are not sure.

How to select them and how to store them for your baby
We like fresh peas in a pod! However it is one of the few vegetables that really does freeze very well, so we always like to have a bag to hand in the freezer. Wherever possible we like to use organic peas, which means that they have not been sprayed or treated with any nasties. However we know that this is not always possible, so choose the best peas available. If in season, you can’t beat fresh peas. Choose medium sized pods and look out of the ones that have a vibrant green colour, are firm, crisp and fresh in appearance. If possible, try to use them on that day or as soon as possible as they are best eaten fresh!

Best way to cook them for your baby
Peas from frozen need only a few mins in an inch or so of water. Fresh peas vary in cooking time, so check that they are cooked after a couple on minutes or so. If you are introducing them to a baby early on in the journey, it is important to puree them well as the husks can be tough for a baby to digest and even a choking hazard. Later on in the journey its nice to leave more texture in the peas to help your little one get used to moving food around its little mouth.

What goes well with peas
Carrots, sweet potato, brown rice, lentils, pumpkin, swede

 

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