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How To Help Children See Seafood As Fun
Contributed by: NAPSA
(NAPSA) - Scientists say fish is an important part of a healthy, well-balanced diet.
How can you help your kids enjoy fish? Red Lobster Executive Chef Keith Keogh offers these helpful tips for getting kids excited about seafood:
For Children 3 to 9
- Some dishes can offer kids a new experience. If appropriate, let your child try to "crack" a crab leg, then carefully remove the bite-sized pieces. For shrimp, remove the tails before offering them to young children.
- Add cut-up or minced seafood to familiar favorites such as macaroni and cheese or pasta and sauce.
- Serve seafood in bite-sized pieces that can be easily picked up by little fingers.
- Many young palates prefer a minimum of seasoning. This helps children discover natural flavors.
- Grill small pieces of fish on a skewer and help children carefully remove it.
- Always choose boneless fish for young children.
- If your child does not accept seafood, that's fine. Try it again in a week or two.
For "Tweens"-Children 10 and over
Kids in this age group are more adventurous and want foods that look like what Mom and Dad are having.
- Mix popular sweet and savory tastes; offer zesty cocktail sauce or garlic herb seasoning on seafood and sweet and sour or teriyaki sauce.
- Appeal to older kids' sense of adventure with new sauce sensations such as mango chutney sauce.
- Introduce seafood to dishes such as tacos. Grill tilapia and put it in a taco or a soft-shell tortilla. Garnish it with cheese, tomato, onion, lettuce and salsa.
- Jazz up scrambled eggs with grilled salmon, vegetables and spices, such as sliced mushrooms, chopped onion and black pepper.
- Sushi is growing in popularity across America-especially with kids. Try California rolls, which feature cooked crab.
- If your kids are into the smokey flavor of bacon, they'll love smoked salmon.
- Older kids may also enjoy salmon jerky, quickly gaining popularity as an easy, quick snack.
Red Lobster recently unveiled a creative new kid's menu designed to bring healthy eating to life for children. New selections include Snow Crab Legs and Steamed Veggies, Grilled Mahi-Mahi and Steamed Veggies and Grilled Chicken & Steamed Veggies. Additionally, kids can enjoy favorites such as Macaroni and Cheese with Steamed Veggies, as well as Chicken Fingers and Fries. All kid's meals come with a choice of applesauce or fresh carrots and cucumbers with a ranch dipping sauce and a drink.