How to get your kids hooked on fish and lure them toward a lifetime of healthy eating.

By: Jodie Shield, RD

Every summer my three kids look forward to trekking to Northern Michigan and fishing with their dad and uncles.  The expedition’s highlight is when Uncle Mike transforms the day’s catch into a fireside feast.

“Why don’t we ever make fish?” my youngest sons asked me relentlessly after returning from his latest adventure.  Several answers ran through my head: Store-bought fish is never as fresh as when you catch it yourself, it smells unpleasant when it’s cooking, and it may contain harmful elements if it comes from polluted waters.  But the truthful answer is rather simple – I don’t care for fish.  But my kids are persistent and kept asking me to try various recipes, until one day I reluctantly caved in.  Much to my surprise, I found myself enjoying the delicious and unique flavor of fish – hook, line, and sinker.

If personal biases have kept you from serving seafood, it’s time to catch up on all the healthy reasons why you and your family should eat fish.  And with so many healthy options available, there’s at least one type of fish that won’t get away without your child’s approval.

Stay tuned.  My next several posts will all be about fish – health benefits, varieties, recipes and cooking tips.  Everything you’ll need to know so that you can get your kids to take a bite? In the meantime, do you have any fish tales?

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