Hooray for the humble baked bean! It can solve many a mealtime dilemma… and my kids like baked beans, as seen above.
A recent study of 300 preschool children in Adelaide found that 82% of the kids were not getting enough fibre in their diet.
Read the news report here.
Read the full article in the Medical Journal of Australia here.
The answer is baked beans!!
Actually baked beans are the answer to many nutritional questions.
A 210g serving, which half of a large can has:
AND there are lots of lovely antioxidents in these luscious legumes.
AND they count as part of your 5 serves of veggies a day… children aged 4-7 years need only two serves of veggies a day and children aged 8 – 11 years need three. There’s one serve in half a cup of baked beans – terrific!
And recently I decided to add a bit more to the beans, partly just to get in more veggies and also to dilute the sodium in canned baked beans.
So I’ve been adding in finely grated veggies , plus extra cannellini beans, either canned or dried then soaked and boiled.
Then I bathe in my own reflected nutritional glory.
Now I am not saying for a minute that these extra-nutrient packed beans look pretty BUT… the kids still eat them. Hooray!!
I don’t manage to get many mushrooms into the kids so am happy to be able to grate a bit in with the beans.
So we’re now extra happy with our humble friend, the tin of baked beans.
Do you love baked beans?
How do you like to get extra veggies into the kids/husband/self?