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Back to school is going to look different for a lot of families because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are going to be homeschooling for the first time, and others are going to be watching their kids attend school with face masks on. While many things have changed, one thing that has remained constant for families is wanting to support their kiddo’s learning by feeding them the right foods.
While there are many factors that play into a child’s ability to focus and succeed in school, diet is one factor that parents can control (at least they can control what is offered – can’t force a kid to kid to eat anything!). Some of the best foods you can feed your kids during the school year are fish and shellfish.
Seafood and Kid’s Health Benefits
Fish and shellfish make great kid-friendly dinners that are ready in a snap. From homemade cod fish sticks to grilled pineapple shrimp skewers, the possibilities are endless and they fuel the entire family with high-quality protein in a convenient way.
Beyond the ease of serving your family seafood, the benefits of fish and shellfish for kids are significant. Fish and shellfish supply important nutrients that kids need to grow and thrive, including:
Unfortunately, kids are only getting about 40% of the brain-boosting omega-3s DHA and EPA recommended by the National Academy of Medicine. It is ultimately up to parents to fill this gap.
Why Do Kids Need Seafood?
Eating fish in childhood can literally help kids forming brains. Yes, simply serving your kiddo a piece of grilled salmon can set her up for success in the classroom. Data suggests that seafood consumption in childhood may result in the following:
How To Include Seafood Into a Child’s Diet
OK, let’s be real. Seafood isn’t always on the “top 5” list of foods that kids love. Most kids would prefer to have a bowl of mac and cheese and chicken nuggets instead of a grilled piece of tuna any day of the week. But there are some ways that families can include seafood into children’s diets without any complaining at the dinner table.
Here are some fun ideas to get kids excited about eating their seafood:
Serving your kids seafood is one of the best things you can do to support their health and academic success. When selecting your seafood, make sure you are selecting options that come from the best fisheries to deliver the highest quality sustainable and wild-caught seafood. Greensbury Market makes seafood shopping simple by delivering high-quality products right to your door. They source wild caught finfish and shellfish from fisheries in Maine and the Florida Keys, as well as Alaskan sockeye salmon. The fisheries are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council or marked sustainable by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program.
Be sure to stock your freezer with seafood from Greensbury Market to make sure you are well-supplied with brain-boosting food for the school year. Your kiddos will certainly thank you.
Lauren Manaker is an award-winning registered dietitian based in Charleston, South Carolina. She earned a bachelor's degree and master's degree in human nutrition and is passionate about helping people achieve their nutrition goals. She currently acts as a consultant, food blogger, and freelance writer for outlets including Eating Well and POPSUGAR. When Lauren isn't working, she is enjoying the outdoor life with her daughter, husband, and rescue-pup.