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Peas

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A tiny vegetable, packed with nutritious goodness, peas are good to introduce as one of your baby’s first green vegetables, at around the age of 8 months. Peas are low-allergen and quite easy on an immature digestive system – though the skins do not puree well, and you may prefer to push cooked peas through a fine sieve for a really smooth texture.Peas2

Peas are good for baby (and you):
Nutritionally speaking, peas are like diamonds: small in size – great in value! They provide calcium to help strengthen bones and teeth, and folate to support nerve function and the development of red blood cells. Peas are also a good source of iron – important, because a breast or bottle-fed baby’s iron levels begin to drop after about 6 months. Vitamins A, B6 and C are also found in peas.

Hints on buying and storing:

  • Buy peas in the pod – already shelled ones are difficult to check for damage, and may not be very fresh.
  • Peas are among the less contaminated of vegetables – their pods protect them even more.
  • Look for bright, crisp-looking pods that have a ‘velvety’ feel.
  • Pods should be quite thin – thick, tough ones are old.
  • Small- to-medium pods mean smaller, sweeter peas.
  • Keep in the refrigerator – but use within a day or two.
  • Frozen peas are harvested and flash-frozen, so retain nutrients well and are a good alternative to fresh.

Tips on cooking:Peas1

  • ‘Pod’ the peas then steam them, or place in a small amount of boiling water to cook until tender.
  • Cook in a homemade stock for a change of flavour.
  • Hot cooked peas will puree more smoothly if plunged into iced water first.

Ideas for ways of including peas in your baby’s meals:

  • Mix pea puree with apple or grape puree.
  • Mash into cooked sweet or white potato, carrot, pumpkin, courgette (zucchini) or green beans.
  • Add to cooked lentils or other legume, or brown rice.
  • Include in chicken, pork or beef dishes.
  • Mash into tofu.

Please remember: Always consult your baby’s paediatrician or doctor about introducing new foods.

This information presented to you acts as a guide which contains researched information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.

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