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How can I encourage my toddler to eat more fish?

Hi everyone,

I have a 2-year-old toddler who is very picky when it comes to eating fish. I’ve tried many different types of fish, cooked in various ways but he never seems interested. I know fish is an important part of a healthy diet and I want to make sure he is getting all the nutrients he needs.

I’ve tried to make it fun by telling him fish stories and having fish-shaped plates, but he still refuses to eat it. Any tips on how I can encourage my toddler to eat more fish? Has anyone had success with any particular recipes or methods?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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pattie.nicolas

Hi there,

I had the same experience with my kids. They never showed much interest in eating fish until my husband found a fun way to introduce them to it. He started by taking them fishing and letting them catch their own fish. They were so excited about catching and cleaning their own fish that they were more interested in eating it once it was cooked.

We also tried different recipes until we found one that they liked. We tried fish sticks, grilled fish, and even fish cakes. They ended up really liking the fish cake recipe we found, which was made with mashed potatoes and herbs. It was something different and fun for them to try.

Another tip is to make sure the fish is fresh and of high quality. We found that the fresher the fish, the milder the taste, which is perfect for kids. We also made sure to season the fish well and pair it with their favorite sides, like steamed vegetables or rice.

Overall, patience and persistence is key. It may take some time and trial and error to find a way to introduce fish to your toddler, but it's worth the effort in the end!

edna.hirthe

Hello,

I had a similar experience with my daughter, who was not very enthusiastic about eating fish. In fact, she was quite resistant to trying it. One thing that worked for us was introducing fish in a way that felt familiar to her.

For example, I made fish in the same style as her favorite chicken dish. I used the same flour, egg and breadcrumbs breading, and even shaped the pieces to look like chicken nuggets. This made it less daunting for her and she was more willing to try it.

We also found that using sauces helped a lot. I made a simple lemon butter sauce that she loved, and she would dip the fish into it. Soon she was eating the fish without even using the sauce.

Another idea is to make fish into fun shapes, like fish fingers or even fish burgers. This can make it more appealing and fun for kids. You could also try mixing in some vegetables, like carrots or peas, into a fish pie.

It may take some time for your toddler to develop a liking for fish, but don’t give up. Try new recipes, involve them in the cooking process, and make it fun. Eventually, they may surprise you and start asking for fish themselves!

cronin.emanuel

Hi all,

I had a similar issue with my son, who never wanted to try fish no matter how much I pushed. The one thing that finally worked for us was to get him interested in the topic of where fish come from.

We started reading books about the ocean, watching videos on marine life, and even went to an aquarium where he could see the different types of fish swimming around. This piqued his curiosity and he began asking questions about fish and what they eat.

As a result, he became more open to trying fish and I started by introducing him to mild tastes such as cod, tilapia, and haddock. I seasoned it with mild flavors such as garlic powder or lemon juice.

Another strategy that worked was to make the meal interactive. I created a "build your own fish taco" station where I set out bowls of ingredients including tortillas, shredded cheese, lettuce, and diced tomatoes. He loved being able to pick and choose what he wanted in his taco.

Finally, we made it a habit to include fish once a week in our meal plan. Like with any new food, it can take some time for kids to adjust, but if you stay consistent and make it fun, they will eventually come around.

Good luck!

bernardo.wintheiser

Hi there,

I had the same problem with my toddler, who was never interested in eating fish despite my repeated efforts. One thing that worked for me was to involve him in the cooking process.

I let him help me wash and season the fish, and he was more interested in trying it after seeing what went into making it. I also tried to make it more exciting by serving it with his favorite dipping sauce or adding different spices to it.

Another idea is to make fish tacos. I found that my toddler loved them! I just grilled some fish and let him assemble his own taco with different toppings like avocado, cheese, and salsa.

Lastly, I made sure to introduce fish gradually and in small portions. I started with milder fish like cod, and once he got used to the taste, I gradually introduced more flavorful fish like salmon and trout.

Hope these tips help! Good luck with your picky eater.

jessika88

Hi everyone,

I had a lot of trouble getting my son to eat fish as well. He simply refused to try it, so I had to come up with a few tricks of my own.

First, I started by incorporating fish into some of his favorite meals. For example, I would mix canned tuna into mac and cheese, or top his pizza with canned salmon instead of pepperoni.

Another trick I used was to make fish into familiar shapes, like fish sticks or triangles. The novelty of the shape would catch his interest and he was more likely to try it.

Finally, I found that dipping sauces worked like magic. My son is a huge fan of mayonnaise, so I mixed in some curry powder to create a dipping sauce for the fish. He loved it! We also tried some other sauces like tartar sauce, honey mustard, and ranch.

It took some time, but my son now eats fish happily and even asks for it sometimes. Trying different methods to introduce fish to your kids can be worth it in the end!

swift.jackie

Hi there,

I have been struggling for a while to get my 3-year-old daughter to eat more fish. She really loves cold cut meats but rejects the idea of cooked fish.

One thing that worked well for us was to prepare our fish as a cold appetizer or salad. We started with a simple tuna and pasta salad and then gradually worked our way up to fancier salads with more variety. We also found canned salmon was an easy and accessible ingredient to incorporate into salads.

I also found that cooking fish with a bit of spice or herb can make it more appetizing for toddlers. We started to add just a little paprika to the seasoning to make it more flavorful. You could also try adding some garlic, lemon, onion or dill.

Lastly, I started to incorporate more seafood options into our diet, like shrimp and crabs. I found that introducing different types of seafood makes it more interesting and it may broaden your toddler's palette.

It can get frustrating when toddlers refuse to eat what we prepare for them, but trying new approaches can make a difference! Good luck with introducing fish to your little one.

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