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Lentils in the child's diet

Lentils in the child's diet

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Legumes are still overlooked and underestimated in many homes. Meanwhile, they have a high nutritional value and can be an important ingredient in the diet of a few months old child. Lentils, considered one of the healthier suggestions, can be given after the age of six months. Today, it is particularly appreciated by vegetarians, whose kitchen successfully replaces meat.

Red Lentils

It is fat-free (which is why you should add vegetable or animal fat while cooking). It provides many important ingredients: calcium, phosphorus, carotene, iron, valuable vitamins B1, B2, PP and C.

There are as much as 26 grams of protein in 100 grams of lentils! Besides, he has very low glycemic index, hence it can be successfully used during diets. Contains large quantities tryptophan, a precursor of serotonin and melatonin, affecting good sleep. Is a particularly important source iron, so it's worth giving it to young children all year round: as an addition or an important ingredient of a main course. In addition, it normalizes blood sugar levels and provides the body constant energy supply, therefore reduces the risk of snacking and the desire for sweets! It is gluten free, so it can be an important component of a gluten-free diet.

How to cook lentils

Lentils are a great product in the kitchen of young parents. It can be prepared quickly and easily - unlike other legumes does not require soaking. In addition, it is cheap and easily available!

Lentil dishes can be prepared in a jiffy! Lentil seeds cook quickly. An average of 10 to 30 minutes depending on the variety. However, you have to be careful - the lentils are easy to overcook, so it is worth checking from time to time to see if it is soft.

Add salt (if we have to) at the end of cooking. Sprinkled earlier makes the lentil grains harden. In addition, it's good to know that tomatoes and wine lengthen the cooking time of lentils, so it's good to add them when the beans soften.

Lentils - how do you eat them?

Lentils can be eaten alone, in addition to soups, rice, stews, salads, pastes, cutlets, pies and dumplings. It goes well with curries (turmeric) and tastes very good with mint.

Thanks to the fact that the lentils are easily soft, it is great for sauces, which it gives a creamy consistency.

1 cup dry lentils - after cooking - 2-2.5 cups lentils

How to store lentils

We store the lentils in a tightly closed container in a dark and cool place.

Cooked lentils can stand in the fridge for up to a week, and in the freezer for up to half a year.

In what form will we get lentils?

There are several types of lentils:

  • Red - very popular and easily available, it cooks quickly, is delicate in taste and slightly sweet,
  • green - as popular as red lentils, requires slightly longer cooking,
  • Brown - it is hard, after cooking it does not fall apart, therefore it is best suited for salads,
  • yellow - slightly sweet taste,
  • puy - French lentil, apparently the tastiest in the world, retains its shape after cooking.

Canned lentils (in tomato sauce or curry) are also available on the market, but fresh lentils, which we will prepare ourselves, are undoubtedly the healthiest.

The ground lentils give you flour, which can be used as a basis for preparing bread.

On the next page recipes for lentil dishes.