Chickpeas really are a fantastic source of protein, fibre and manganese and they are often underused. Protein provides energy and is essential for growth, repair and maintenance of the tissues in the body. Fibre aids digestion and manganese is needed for bone formation and releasing energy from food.
When to give to your baby
Chickpeas are great to introduce from early on in the journey as soon as first tastes have been accepted. If you are planning on raising your baby vegetarian then they are a super ingredient to get all the protein your little one needs. Even if not, they are still a super ingredient to have in your cupboard. We recommend to introduce them from around +6 months, however, every baby is different so follow your instinct or consult your health visitor if you are not sure. If you find chickpeas gives your little one gas, don’t be put off. Try leaving it for a few weeks before introducing it again as it can take a little while for your little one's digestive system to manage with digesting, and like we said, every baby is different! It's worth persisting with as these are very nutritious, just like broccoli, and you really don’t want to your baby to miss out on them.