The stage of food diversification can be implemented ever since your baby reaches the age of six months old, but this doesn’t mean you have to introduce all foods at once. On the contrary, you should gradually switch to new foods and allow your baby’s stomach to deal with every new ingredient.
And while most parents decide to start with low-fat meats such as chicken or turkey, they forget that fish is essential for a healthy development. So if you chose to introduce fish in your toddler’s daily food routine, but you’re not really sure which recipes would be best, perhaps our following suggestions will come in handy.
Toddlers are not as picky when it comes to food as little children, so it would be best to take advantage of these years and introduce your kid to fish dishes. The fish soup is very light yet nutritious, providing a balanced intake of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
Don’t worry too much as this dish is easy to prepare and won’t require the use of your new fishing knife. You are going to need a few types of fish fillets, carefully selected to avoid any skins or bones mixed with the rest of the ingredients.
We suggest using carp or trout and stay away from seafood as it may cause allergies or skin reactions. Add a medium sized carrot, two diced tomatoes, noodles, scallions, and a small potato.
Put all the ingredients into a large bowl of boiling water and let them cook for 40-50 minutes, until the fish is tender and juicy, and the rest of the vegetables are easy to cut and eat. Serve with fresh parsley and a small amount of salt.
Since we are talking about toddler-appropriate food, avoid using processed ingredients or spices such as chili flakes, soy sauce or even pepper. Any of these ingredients can be dangerous to your toddler’s health.
As long as you use high-quality and organic ingredients, fish meatballs can represent a safe alternative to your child’s diet. Use a food processor to mix white fish fillets with zucchinis, potatoes, and carrots to create an easily digestive paste. Turn the paste into small meatballs and fry them for a few minutes in hot oil. Allow them to get cold and remove any excess oil using paper towels.
Make sure the meatballs are not large enough to cause any choking hazards and always pay close attention whenever you are feeding your toddler. You should always keep a glass of water near in case something happens.
And, if you’re still not sure about the size of the meatballs, you may want to make them the regular size so they can be cut into smaller pieces.
One of the simplest ways to integrate fish into your toddler’s diet is to create a dish that is extremely easy to digest. For this specific food, we suggest using fresh salmon, tuna or trout. Look for your fish skinner and get rid of all the skin and the bones of the fish.
Bake it in the oven for at least 30 minutes. Make sure it is properly cooked before putting it into the food processor. Add a pinch of salt, pepper, and a few tablespoons of chicken broth to thicken the product.
You can also add lemon juice, fennel, olives or cheese if you want to create fancier recipes that grownups will appreciate too. After the paste is ready, let it rest in the fridge for a couple of hours. Make sure to eat it all in a few hours as fish can oxidize if it’s not stored in proper conditions.
The fish pate goes perfectly with garlic bread or small slices of garlic bread, crackers, and other pastry products. It is ideal for a light breakfast and can be seasoned with fresh cucumbers or green bell peppers. You can also use the pate to fill tomatoes, avocados or eggs and create delicious entrees for your child’s birthday parties.
Keep in mind that not all children will end up liking the same things so it would be best not to force your kid to eat anything he or she doesn’t feel comfortable with.