Include ‘brain food’ in your child’s diet
Creatively include seafood and seafood products to provide balanced nutrition for children
EVEN BEFORE giving birth, mothers start worrying about the nutrition of their unborn children because they are aware of its importance to their growth and development.
After the child is born, the concern of the parents shifts to providing their child with balanced meals that will impact their growth positively.
The use of seafood is one route parents should consider going as they attempt to keep their child’s palate entertained while still providing nutritious meals. Seafood is an excellent source of protein, iron, zinc, iodine, and DHA, all crucial nutrients for a child’s growth and development.
Child-friendly seafood products such as fish burgers and nuggets are easy to whip up by parents who are always on the go but still want their child to be consuming healthy meal options.
Parents are also often faced with the challenge of cooking fast, tasty meals that are nutritious because of constraints of time.
Fish burgers and nuggets take a maximum time of 10 minutes to prepare and are usually a hit with children.
Present in the fish burgers and nuggets is the all-important omega-3 fatty acid, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which is of critical importance to brain and eye development through all the life stages.
Between birth and five years there is a rapid increase in brain mass. During this time, it is important that children consume enough DHA to support this rapid growth.
It is, therefore, advisable that for parents who want to provide their children with nutritious meals, they should incorporate more seafood into the diet of their little ones.