It can be so hard to find nutritious protein foods for kids who struggle with meats. Tinned or cooked beans are great replacements, but sometimes they can be a little bland. Baked beans are great, but they tend to be pretty salty. Edgell have just released a range of small cans of flavoured beans. We tried them this week and today’s Chewsday Review features Chick Peas with Zesty Vinaigrette.
🔷Cooked chick peas (71%), water, sunflower oil, vinegar (3%), spices (chilli, celery, black pepper, cumin), sugar, garlic, food acid (citric), parsley (0.2%), salt, lemon juice concentrate.
🔷Common allergens include: nil
🔷 The saturated fat and sugar are well within healthy guidelines. Yes, there’s a teeny bit of sugar added to this but it’s hardly anything.
🔷Sodium content is also within healthy guidelines at 271mg/100g. This is similar to salt reduced baked beans (which you know I love to recommend).
🔷 Decent amount of dietary fibre per can, at 2.9mg. This provides 21% of a young child’s fibre requirements and 16% of an older child’s fibre requirements.
🔷 Good source of plant-based protein with the small tin providing 50% of a young child’s daily protein requirements and 36% of an older child’s requirements. Remember that most Aussie kids get wayyyyyy more protein than they need, so this is rarely an issue.
🔷 These chick peas seem to be softer than some of the other brands. They were super easy to squash, which makes them a decent option for toddlers (obviously always supervise and only offer if your child can manage similar textures already).
🔷 Convenient! I now have a tin in my bag for emergencies, and they don’t even need to be drained once you open them.
🔷 Chick peas cooked from dry, or purchased in a tin with no added salt will have a better nutritional profile overall, so I can’t declare the Snack Time ones ‘the best’.
🔷”All natural ingredients” this claim is plastered on practically everything at the moment!
🔷”Fibre”. Yes it has fibre. Technically they could still write this, even if it only had a teeny tiny amount of fibre. To be able to say high in fibre A good source of fibre has to have 4g per serving (this has 2.9g per serving).
🔷 ‘No drain, ready to eat’ This is what got me over the line actually!
🔷These are a real winner in my eyes. I really enjoyed them. Elsie ate about 6, which is 6 more than she’d eat if they were plain chick peas! I like that the tins are small so I can share them with her, without wasting any.
🔷 Obviously, chick peas with no added salt or sugar would be a more nutritious option, but if this flavour helps you to eat more beans, then I’m all for it!!
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