Is your child a good eater or are they fussy about what types of foods make it on to their plates?
To be sure, some meals are more nutritious than others. What would you say if I told you that there is a meal that could help your child’s brain development, is heart healthy, and takes mere minutes to prepare? Would you be surprised to find out that it is fish?
What’s So Great About Fish For Kids?
Mealtime in many homes consists of a protein, a carb, and hopefully a veggie of some sort. If you have children, it is important to make sure that the meal is balanced and that they are getting a good amount of nutrition in every meal.
Fish has been shown to have a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, lean protein, vitamins B12 and D, calcium, and minerals such as iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium, and potassium.
How To Get Your Kids To Eat Fish
Many children shy away from fish due to the smell, texture, or they may have not developed a taste for it yet. How can parents, especially those with children who are picky eaters, encourage their children to try fish?
In order to eventually win your child over to the rich flavor of fish, you will want to make it a regular occurrence at the dinner table. It may take ten-to-twelve tries before your child begins to truly enjoy fish. Remember to be a good role model and add fish to your own diet at least twice a week to reap the benefits. You may want to start with a mild fish such as tilapia or sole.
Another method for introducing fish to your child is to put it in a format that they are used to. For example, many children love chicken nuggets or chicken strips with bread crumbs. Try fish sticks or baking your fish fillet with a bread crumb coating. The familiar format may help introduce the idea in a way that a child is used to.
Amazingly some children get into fish by having some control over the meal. Take your child fishing or allow them to cook the meal with you so they feel like they were part of the process. Have them choose a dipping sauce to use in the marinade or to dip after cooking. Making them a part of the process may help them feel invested in the meal.
The benefits for children and their parents is well worth the effort to introduce fish dishes to children. Check out some of our latest blogs that have grilling and fish recipes that can help get you going.