Fish glorious fish. My family is big on fish; my 18-month-old toddler chows down on salmon couscous, Pollack in pie or homemade fish fingers.
Fish are highly nutritious and eating fish twice a week is recommended for both adults and children. Fish contain huge amounts of protein, are low in “bad” fats and contain Essential Fatty Acid (EFA’s) – Omega-3 fatty acids.
The Omega 3 fatty acids that fish have are EPA and DHA. These EFA’s are not found in any other protein source, not even in meat or plants.
When first introducing fish to your baby, it is best to select one of the ‘white flesh’ fish types. Flounder, Haddock, Cod, and Sole are ‘white flesh fish’ and are considered some of the safest to introduce; they are the most easily digestible and lowest on the allergen list.
Mother & Baby (July) offers 5 ways to get your children to eat fish…
1. Lightly steam a boned coley fillet and mix with mashed potato for a first fish purée.
2. Roll chunks of Pollock in whisked egg and breadcrumbs, and bake for homemade fish bites.