As we all know, some kids can go through phases of being picky eaters and turn their noses up at just about everything, so how do we get them to try and enjoy seafood? Here’s just a few tips:
● Start early…
It’s probably no surprise that
children who are introduced
to seafood at an early age
are more likely to enjoy fish
and eat it regularly. Fish can
be introduced as early as 6
months when the baby is
weaned. Visit www.nhs.uk for
more information and the best types to try.
● Start Simple…
Look for small portions of mild flavoured fish and cook very
simply, adding minimal flavours. See how much your child enjoys
fish in its purest form, especially if you point out the health
benefits. You may be surprised!
● Fish Twist…
Try and substitute the usual meat protein for fish where you can.
Taco Tuesday and Fajita Friday can just as easily include fish and
prawns rather than meat. For children who require a bit more
encouragement, introduce either marinated or breaded and
battered products. Make it exciting, a dip sometimes does the
● Get Hands On…
Children tend to engage more and
enjoy something that they have
helped to create. Why don’t you try
our fish pizza (p6) or even get your
child to help you make a fish pie for
the whole family!
● Be consistent…
Try and encourage seafood twice a week so that it becomes ‘the
norm’. The more familiar something is, the more likely your child
will eat it
If you have some tips on encouraging fussy eaters to give something a try we would love to hear about it, please share your experiences with us!