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Tasty ways to make
legumes a lunchbox staple

Language disorders:

the importance of early intervention
A language disorder can seriously affect a
child’s development. Here’s what you should
know about this type of impairment and how
you can spot it early.
What are language disorders?
Language disorders affect an individual’s ability to understand others and express ideas
clearly. They include:
• Receptive issues that make it hard to understand language
• Expressive issues that make it hard to clearly
express thoughts
• Mixed issues that make it hard to both use
and understand language
These disorders typically cause a language
delay that’s noticeable before the age of four.
Common symptoms
Receptive issues can be hard to spot in young
children, although having trouble following

simple directions is a common sign. Signs of
expressive disorders are easier to identify and
include:
• Limited vocabulary and trouble expanding it
• Frequent use of placeholder words like “um”
and “stuff ”
• Frustration at the inability to convey
thoughts clearly
• Not formulating sentences that make sense
• Limited variety of sentence structures
These signs usually appear starting at three
years old and persist into preschool.
Why acting early matters
A language disorder can negatively impact a
child’s development. The inability to understand others or to express ideas often results in
social isolation or behavioral problems. In addition, limited vocabulary and understanding
of grammar means affected children are likely
to struggle in school.

Legumes such as chickpeas, lentils
and beans are a great source of essential minerals, fiber and protein.
However, they’re not always popular with kids, so you may need to
get a little creative in the kitchen.
Here are some ideas for incorporating them in meals, snacks and
even desserts.

Meals
If your kids don’t like legume salads or lentil soup, you can add
navy beans to stews, chickpeas to
couscous and kidney beans to
white rice. You can also replace
some or all of the meat in spaghetti
sauce with lentils or make a legume-infused chili.

Snacks
Hummus and crackers are a classic
lunchbox snack. Additionally, you
can mix pureed legumes with plain
yogurt to make a savory dip for carrot sticks and other veggies.

Desserts
A great way to make desserts healthier is to substitute a bean puree
for some of the ingredients. Pureed
black beans make great brownies,
for instance. Thanks to their subtle
taste, your kids won’t even notice
they’re in there.

Another way to nosh on legumes is
to roast them. Season chickpeas or
edamame beans and then cook
them in the oven for a crunchier
snack that may become as coveted
as potato chips.

With a little creativity, you can
make legumes a staple of your
children’s diet. With the huge variety available, there’s almost an endless array of possibilities.

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