Kids & Seafood
Do your kids love Seafood? Here in the Groomer family loving seafood is a must! Family quirks and tradition aside, seafood is very important even in the diets of our children. Seafood is an ample source of protein, which aids both young and old in body repair and making new cells. A good source of protein is especially important during childhood and adolescence when our children are hitting all those growth spurts. How soon is okay to start feeding our kids the tastiest food on Earth? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that you can begin feeding children fish as early as 4-6 months! The main thing is to give your child one new food at a time, waiting a few days to monitor if there is any allergic reaction before introducing another. Developing these seafood eating habits from an early age is extremely important, as only 10 percent of children in the United States eat enough seafood. The World Health Organization has come out stating that healthy eating habits, including eating fish early on will help maintain good eating patterns later in life. The dietary guidelines say children should eat two servings of seafood each week in age-appropriate portions to match their calorie needs. So start them young and entice their taste buds! So far my sons have been big fans of Flounder, Red Snapper, Salmon, and Rainbow Trout! I’m excited to see them come to embrace their heritage by enjoying the bounty of the sea, but also I am excited to know this is the foundation of them having a healthy diet as they grow up and walk through life.
If you didn’t start your kids young and seafood is foreign to their diet try some of the easy recipes on our website. They’re simple and delicious and remember presentation is everything! Don’t give them new foods and ask “do you like it?” Instead hype them up with a “you won’t believe how much you are going to love this!”