It’s obvious that consuming proper nutrition is important, but it is even more so for growing children. While there are many healthy options, seafood is often overlooked for kids, but it’s an amazing way to get vital nutrients that might otherwise be missing from your child’s diet.
Seafood is a dramatically underserved food staple for American children. Fish can be one of the best sources of protein for a growing child. The protein is lean, has no saturated fat and includes no natural sugars. On top of that, fish can be a great source of vitamin D, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. The omega-3s are essential to healthy brain and eye health and development.
A healthy fish diet can also help prevent medical conditions that may arise later in life. Studies have linked regular fish consumption to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, allergies, asthma and eczema.
Which Fish Is Best?
Many parents have concerns about mercury in seafood which can be detrimental to health if there is too much exposure. However, there are simple ways to avoid methylmercury, such as focusing on local, freshwater fish. Not only does this minimize the mercury risks, but it also tends to be more environmentally friendly and sustainable.
When local isn’t an option, the key is to avoid large, long-living predators. They collect the most mercury due to their longevity and consumption of other fish. The healthiest choices are light tuna, salmon, trout and herring. The fish to avoid are king mackerel, shark, marlin and bigeye and Bluefin tuna.
Kid-Friendly Fish Dishes
Fish doesn’t have to be bland and boring with the right approach. Luckily, there are plenty of fish dishes your kids will actually love. This list of recipes can get you started, but use your imagination to create a unique dish your children will enjoy. Just be sure to always cook fish thoroughly and, if starting with a whole fish, all bones have been removed.
If you have questions or concerns about your child’s diet or overall health, contact us today.