Lentils are an important source of protein, an essential nutrient during periods of rapid growth and development. Another nutrient found in lentils that also aid your child’s growth is the mineral zinc which plays an important role in helping babies reach the normal height and weight for their age.
Lentils also provide a lot of plant-based iron, a critical nutrient that helps build blood and transport oxygen through the body.
Unlike white rice which is stripped off its fiber, vitamins and minerals during processing, brown rice maintains all its valuable nutrients. Rich in magnesium an Important mineral for muscle nerve function as well as bone formation. Brown rice also contains many B vitamins that play a vital role in metabolism, healthy brain development and proper nervous system functioning.
Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C! When obtaining iron from plant-based foods, it is important to pair it with foods rich in vitamin C because vitamin C is needed for plant-based iron to get absorbed into the blood and be used by the body.