Green beans should not be confused with magic beans. Magic beans are usually multi-coloured, may sparkle and generally lead to beanstalks and giants if planted – but that’s another story.
They’re rich in vitamins A, C, and K which are essential for supporting your immune system and wound healing.
Ideally when shopping for green beans go for firm pods with a vibrant green colour, free from cuts and bruises.
Green beans can be stored in the fridge for up to a week when kept dry and stored in a sealed bag or container.
They’re quick to prepare, simply wash, dry and cut off the ends. You can steam, boil, sauté or stir fry until soft. Try melting a knob of butter and a couple of crushed garlic cloves into a frying pan, toast the garlic until golden, then toss in the beans, with a little salt & pepper and you’ve got a great side for dinner. Barely cooked green beans are great with dips, but make sure you always cook them for at least a couple of mins as raw green beans contain small amounts of toxins so should be avoided.
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Here are some of our favourite ways to engage kids with green beans:
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The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it!
The first thing to do is remove the pressure. If the veg doesn’t get eaten, it’s not the end of the world. There will be other days, other dinners, other chances. Fun is key here – try not to worry about mess, perfect table manners, or playing with food. Instead, focus on making the process of getting the food to the plates, readying the table, and the actual eating relaxed.
The best principles for success here are the Three Rs (role modelling, rewarding, re-offering) which you can read about here.
But there is one more way you can serve for success, and that is giving your child a role. You don’t have to do this every time, just encourage them in their strengths through it when you can.
Here are some of our favourite ideas:
Design a menu
Come up with a silly name or story for a dish
Help with making a meal plan and choosing veg for dinners or snacks
Help to serve up the meal on dishes, lay the table or create a centrepiece to be involved in the physical ‘serving up’ process
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