Lots of us want to get more fish into our child’s diet, and for good reason. Nutritional therapist Kerry Torrens says that as oily fish like salmon, mackerel, fresh tuna, trout and sardines is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, it aids the development and function of a child’s brain and nervous system. It has also been linked to helping behavioural problems, improving memory and sharpening concentration. Interestingly, it is when children are very young that oily fish is believed to be most beneficial to their brains. We can’t make these fats in our own bodies, so that makes them invaluable in our diet, especially for the young. Here, we bring you five inventive ways to introduce more fish into family mealtimes…
Salmon egg-fried rice
This fast and comforting recipe makes the ideal after-school supper, and it counts as one of your five-a-day too. Serve hot sauce on the side for adults and teens, or let heat-loving kids help themselves….
Hoisin mackerel pancakes
Using sweet ingredients with stronger-flavoured fish like mackerel can help tempt children to try something new. Having the freedom to build their own wraps just adds to the fun.
Chipotle cod tacos
These crunchy tacos with slaw make a fresh and flavour-packed way to serve cod. Let children load up with extra avocado, sour cream and cheese for a winning family favourite.
Fish cake fingers
If your child is resistant to eating salmon and mackerel, getting them involved in cooking and preparation can be a really powerful tool in helping children accept new foods. This recipe has been written specifically for kids so they can stay involved every step of the way.
Easy fish pie
This five-star rated easy fish pie is really quick to prepare and bound to be a hit with everyone in the family. Portion it into ramekins for quick children’s meals you can pull out of the freezer or cook it in a big dish for the whole family.
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