Moms have to constantly ask themselves, “Is this the cause I’m willing to go to battle over?” Thankfully, there are not too many mountains in my life. I’m ok with less than perfectly matched outfits. Scuffed shoes aren’t high on my list of offenses (but can we please wait until after we see Nonna, girls?). But one issue I am ready to go to the mats over is what my children eat.
I’m not talking about day to day exacting menus with little room for ice cream or pizza at our favorite neighborhood restaurant. I’m talking about training up these pint-sized palates into adults who love their bodies and care about what they put in it. That’s why my family has signed the #Seafood2xWk Pledge.
Eating seafood twice a week has been shown to significantly improve overall health for all age ranges, so I’m starting my girls down the seafood lover’s path early. Did you know children who eat fish at least once per week may do better in school? Research shows an association between fish intake and better grades! Plus, eating seafood can help reduce anxiety, stress, and depression. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association endorses seafood as part of depression treatment recommending 1000mg of omega-3s per day.
Various national associations including the American Heart, Diabetes, Pediatric, and Alzheimer’s and associations promote seafood for overall health, recommending a serving of fish and shellfish at least twice a week. This recommendations translates to about 250mg of omega-3 EPA and DHA per day. By following these recommendations, research shows a 17 percent reduction in the risk of death from health-related causes and fewer instances of chronic and preventable diseases.
While some people find cooking seafood intimidating, the great news is, it doesn’t have to be! This Dijon Roasted Salmon Fillets recipe is a favorite in our family. “Pink fish” as Frances calls it! It goes from fridge to table in about twenty minutes. Pair with a side salad, rice or couscous, and your favorite green vegetable and you’ve got a delicious dinner in minutes.
Hungry for more ways to help your family eat seafood more often? Check out my favorite budget-friendly recipe using frozen flounder, a great weeknight 4-ingredient shrimp and pasta recipe, or more fun ideas at the #Seafood2xWk hashtag on Instagram.
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Join me in taking the pledge to enjoy your favorite seafood recipes twice per week! How do you get your #seafood2xwk? Tell me in the comments below.
Note: salmon should be cooked to at least 145 degrees in the thickest portion of the salmon. You can also judge the cook time of the salmon by estimating 5 minutes of cook time for every 1/2-inch thickness.