Healthy fish is a delicious lean source of protein that both my girls love. This is my go to meal since I am guaranteed to have 2 empty plates by the end of dinner. I try to serve a variety of fish that is low in mercury 2 to 3 times a week. Grilling, boiling or baking fish reduces fat and contaminants. Frying fish, although tasty, just adds unnecessary fat and calories.
Here is a list of fish that is safe to serve to toddlers that are low in fat, pollutants and mercury:
- Pollack (the stuff of fish sticks)
- Wild Alaskan salmon (coho, chum, pink; fillets or canned)
- Canned chunk-light tuna (which comes from smaller skipjack tuna and therefore has considerably less mercury than albacore)
- Farmed bay scallops (Keep in mind that many people are allergic to shellfish, so if allergies run in your family, talk with your pediatrician about whether you should skip shellfish altogether.
- Farmed blue mussels
- Farmed crayfish
- Shrimp (Northern US and Canadian)
For a more extensive list of healthy fish and not-so-healthy fish, check out www.kidsafeseafood.org
Toddler servings are about a quarter of a "normal" adult serving, so count on one to three ounces of fish per serving, depending on your child’s age. Serve and Enjoy!