5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Beans

by Patty Onderko

5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Beans

How to get even the pickiest eaters to eat healthy and fiber-full beans

Beans do a lot more than you-know-what. A cup packs twice the protein of an egg and more fiber than broccoli! Tasty ways to serve ’em, from pediatrician Joanna Dolgoff, M.D., author of Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right:

Stock up on Hummus

Kids love this pureed-chickpea (aka garbanzo bean) dip, and it may also get them to eat veggies they wouldn’t touch otherwise. Thin slices of red pepper and cucumbers, carrots (steamed until soft for little kids), and quartered cherry tomatoes are all delicious — and fun — dipped in hummus.

Build Some Burritos

Put out bowls of black beans, chopped tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, and shredded chicken and let your kids pile what they want onto a tortilla. Black beans are a delicious addition to cheese quesadillas, too.

Serve Them as a Side

Remember barbecues with pork and beans from your childhood? Baked beans (pinto beans in a sweet sauce) are a big hit with kids and make a great sidekick to any meat.

Stir Them into Soup

Puree a can of white beans, then mix it into a pot of tomato, potato, or vegetable soup.

Make a Bean Salad

Combine a can of black or white beans with olive oil, vinegar, and a squeeze of lemon. Add a little chopped red onion, a dash of salt and pepper, and any herbs your kid will tolerate to taste.