What if we told you that Sea to Table sold a product that would improve your child's brain and heart health, takes only a few minutes to prepare and is packed with protein? You’d buy it, right? Fish has the potential to do all this and more, yet many families are strangers to this power food. Kids (and some adults!) may be turned off by fish's unfamiliar smell or they haven't yet developed a taste for it. However, if parents have a positive attitude about cooking, serving and eating fish, their kids will most likely follow along.
One Fish, Two Fish: How Much Fish Should Kids be Eating?
To give your children the maximum health and nutrition benefits, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children eat 1-2 servings of fish and seafood per week. The recommended serving sizes vary by a child’s age:
- One ounce for children 2-3
- Two ounces for children 4-7
- Three ounces for children 8-10
- Four ounces for children 11+
Family-Friendly Fish Fingers with Sea to Table Northwest Pacific Cod
Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat (better!) Fish More Often
One way to get kids eating brain-boosting seafood is getting them involved in the kitchen. When kids help to prepare the food, they are much more likely to try new things. Another way to successfully integrate seafood into a child’s diet is to offer it on a consistent basis. Make it familiar and a regular part of the dinner rotation. For kids who love chicken fingers (and practically all of them do) try this family-friendly Fish Finger recipe made with Sea to Table Northwest Pacific Cod. And finally, make it fun. You could even make fish-shaped paper plates (pictured) with your child!
Fun with Fish Paper Plates, courtesy of Made Everyday
Creating a New Generation of Sustainable Fish Eaters
As you are encouraging your child to eat more fish, it’s also a good time to teach them about sustainability, and what that means to healthy fish populations and a healthy planet. Discuss with them why you choose to feed your family sustainable seafood offerings from well-managed US fisheries. It’s the right thing for you, your children, and the planet.