Green Bean Profile





Green Beans for Baby

Worried baby isn't getting enough calcium, vitamin A or vitamin C? Green beans are the perfect solution! In just one cup of green beans baby will be getting a nice big dose of some very important nutrients. These nutrients can help prevent a lot of different conditions including asthma, ear infections and even the common cold and flu! Even though green beans have a rich green color, they will provide baby with carotenoids, which are normally found in vibrantly colored orange fruits and veggies. These carotenoids are potent health-supporting antioxidants that will help keep baby free from illness. Green beans have also been shown to have greater overall antioxidant capacity than similar foods in the pea and bean families, making them a nutritious, and delicious option for baby and kiddos!


Highlighted Nutritional Importance of Greens Beans

Vitamin K - this vitamin is best known for its role in preventing blood clots but it's also important for bone growth and development
Vitamin C - this is a crucial vitamin for a healthy immune system, mucous membranes and respiratory system
Vitamin A - supports baby's immune system, skin, eyes and bones
Vitamin B2 - also known as Riboflavin, this B Vitamin helps your body produce energy and is important for baby's bone, muscle and nerve development

Manganese - helps form bone and cartilage and plays a role in the formation of carbohydrates, amino acids and cholesterol
Copper - this mineral is essential for forming red blood cells and boosts the body's ability to mend tissues and break down sugars
Magnesium - this mineral is necessary for the body's bone and skeletal health and helps regulate energy production inside the cell
Chromium - works with insulin to help maintain normal levels of glucose in the body and promotes the building of proteins in baby's growing tissues 

How to Select and Store Green Beans for Baby

According to the Environmental Working Group, green beans are not on the Dirty Dozen List, meaning they aren't heavily contaminated with pesticides. Buying organic is a personal choice. When selecting green beans at the farmers market or grocery store, it's important to purchase beans that have a smooth feel and a vibrant green color. You'll know if a green bean is fresh if it has a firm texture and a nice "snap" when broken. 

Store unwashed, whole fresh beans in a plastic bag kept in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator and they should last for about a week. If you choose to purchase frozen green beans, or freeze your own fresh beans, you'll be happy to know that most studies show that green beans retain valuable nutrients for 3-6 months after freezing! 

Prior to cooking your green beans, wash them and remove both ends of the bean. The beans won't last as long if you wash or cut the ends off before cooking. Steaming or boiling seems to be the easiest cooking option and will provide maximum flavor and nutrition. It will also make the bean soft enough for a smooth, healthy puree for baby. Green beans make fantastic purees, but are also perfect as a finger food snack for older babies and toddlers!

Green Bean Recipes

Sage Profile

Sage benefits

Sage for Baby

A member of the mint family, and related to rosemary, sage has long been known for its culinary as well as medicinal purposes. Sage is a natural antiseptic and preservative and even has bacteria-killing abilities in meat. It's also great for relieving muscle aches and pain from arthritis and can help enhance mental clarity. Sage is even used in a drink called "thinkers tea" that's given to some Alzheimer's patients to help improve memory! This herb is rich in Vitamin K, fiber, and Vitamin A which all help support baby's vision, red blood cells and heart. Not only does sage serve many medicinal purposes, it's also delicious and fragrant. Sage's minty, earthy flavor will enhance the flavor of many purees (especially turkey!), while expanding your baby's palate. 

Highlighted Nutritional Importance of Sage

Vitamin A - vital for baby's vision and promotes healthy bone growth
Vitamin K - this vitamin is needed for the blood clotting process and for bone health
Vitamin C - this antioxidant helps build a healthy immune system and helps to keep baby's gums healthy
Folate - a B vitamin that helps support the brain and nervous system

Calcium - needed for building strong bones and teeth and helps convert food into energy
Magnesium - essential for a steady heart rhythm and for maintaining strong bones
Potassium - an electrolyte mineral that helps control water balance and a healthy blood pressure
Iron - needed to make hemoglobin, the protein that carries oxygen through our blood

Sage Decreases Milk Supply in Breastfeeding Moms

We're focusing on sage for baby, but breastfeeding moms should be aware that eating too much may reduce milk supply. Sage is a helpful herb when mom is in the weaning process, but if you are actively breastfeeding it's important to be aware of how much you are consuming. 

How to Select and Store Sage for Baby Food

If possible, choose fresh sage over dried since it is much more aromatic and flavorful. The leaves of fresh sage should be a vibrant green-gray color and free from dark spots or yellowing. Purchasing organic sage may be the way to go since conventional sage has been shown to have far less Vitamin C and carotenoid content when compared to organic. 

To store fresh sage leaves, wrap them in a damp paper towel and place inside a closed plastic baggy. You can store it in the refrigerator where it will be kept fresh for several days. Dried sage should be kept in a cool, dark place in a tightly sealed glass container, where it should last about 6 months. 

The flavor of sage is very delicate, so it's important to add this herb near the end of cooking to retain the most flavor. Sage is great when paired with poultry, and it's an herb many of us recognize around Thanksgiving time since it is used to flavor stuffing. Chicken or turkey pureed with sweet potato and a hint of sage would be a delicious savory combination your kiddos and baby will love. 

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