Trying to convince a child to eat seafood can be like trying to teach a fish to… tango. Children are notoriously picky, making meal planning difficult when the parents are craving seafood. Seafood is an excellent source of Omega-3's, DHA, and other fatty acids crucial for a child's developing nervous system, brain, and vision. In fact, children should eat seafood once or twice weekly to get the nutrition boost.
If your child is the selective type when it comes to what foods they eat, FultonFishMarket.com has your back. We've done a full investigation into why many kids don't like seafood, some strategies to help develop their palates, and a few kid-friendly seafood recipes to get you started. You'll find all the seafood you need from Fulton Fish Market, with delivery right to your door.
Why Some Kids Don’t Like Seafood and Strategies to Win Them Over
Here are a few common reasons kids might not like seafood, along with strategies parents can use to change their minds:
Studies show that many kids won’t try a food until they’ve seen it at least 15 times. Strategy:To make your life easier, start introducing seafood early. Prepare and cook your own seafood in front of the kids so it is perceived as a normal dinner item.
Many children are content with a handful of familiar foods and resistant to trying new ones. Strategy: If you're adventurous, try adding some mild seafood to a child's favorite food, like Mac and Cheese. Your child might like the addition, if they even notice it at all. If your child dislikes the added seafood, at least they are unlikely to “throw the baby out with the bathwater” and reject plain Mac and Cheese altogether, since it was a favorite dish from the start. Alternate strategy:If you err on the side of caution and your child can handle skewers, alternating a familiar food with seafood on a skewer. While your child will know a suspicious new food has been introduced, they can taste the seafood separately (ie. “not touching” the familiar food), while learning to associate seafood with tasty meals.
When kids are unengaged from the cooking process, it is easier for them to view the foods they're served as foreign, or as "grown up foods." Strategy: Get the kids in the kitchen! Have the children help prepare kid-friendly seafood recipes -- by peeling shrimp, for example. They'll appreciate the novelty and feel a sense of ownership over the finished product.
Small children are easily bored at the dinner table and may "transfer" their boredom to the food itself. Strategy:For small children, try using plates and utensils decorated with seafood. Worth a shot!
The following list of kid friendly seafoods will help give you a good start for your family. The flavor profiles can help with your menu planning.
Salmon: Full-flavored, high-fat fish; firm texture; deep red in color Trout: Mild, nutty flavor; delicate texture; white, pink, or orange in color Shrimp: Mild, nutty flavor; plum, firm in texture; pink in color Catfish: Mild, sweet flavor; moist, dense texture; white-to-pinkish in color Crab: Sweet, salty flavor; tender texture; red in color Scallops: Delicate, sweet flavor; soft, fleshly texture; grayish-white to pink in color Cod: Lean, mild flavor; firm-but-tender texture; white in color Flounder: Mild, sweet flavor; flaky texture; white in color Tilapia: Mild, sweet flavor; firm-but-flaky texture; white in color Sardines: Robust, oilier flavor; firm texture; white in color
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