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The importance of fish in the diet

Midweek meal planning can be tough. We start out the week feeling motivated and excited about our food plans after the weekly ‘big shop’, but by Wednesday end up feeling deflated and tired and just wanting to make something ‘easy’.

We’ve all been there. Especially now, when it’s so hectic trying to work from home, make sure the kid’s online learning is going smoothly, run a household as well as doing a full-time job…it’s not easy.

But getting a nutritious meal shouldn’t be adding to your list. Every family deserves to eat well, without slaving over a cooker for hours.

The HSE recommend including fish in our diet twice weekly, as it’s a great source of omega 3 fats and protein. A good diet can contribute to a healthy body weight and will reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, along with maintaining a healthy cholesterol level and an improved sense of wellbeing. But what’s even more interesting is the major benefits we can reap from incorporating a little more fish into our diets.

Fish and brain development

Omega 3 fats are essential to healthy brain development for both pregnant women and young children, it’s super important for aiding early stages of advancement.

Fish and depression

Bord Bia studies into fish and omega-3 intake show that oil-rich fish may be helpful in the treatment of depression. In one study they “found that patients taking EPA, the type of omega-3 found in fish, reduced their ratings of depression by 50%, an effect that was similar to patients taking an anti-depressant drug”.

‘But my kids won’t eat fish!’

We know. Mealtimes are an uphill battle, especially in a house full of fussy eaters. But there are some amazing ways to incorporate fish into a child’s diet in a healthy, easy and efficient way. It’ll taste so good, they won’t even realise it’s good for them.

Fish cakes are a tasty way to get your child eating fish. Blended with potatoes and coated in bread crumbs why not get them involved in the cooking. Kids are more likely to eat the food that they’ve helped to prepare in the kitchen.

You can’t go wrong with fish tacos – using Seafeast Crispy Fish Strips add salad leaves, crispy carrots and peppers for a yummy meal that everyone will eat.

Wraps are also a great option, make them with Seafeast Crispy Fish Goujons and they are delicious.

And for the more adventurous eater - Seafeast Raw Black Tiger Prawns are a great source of protein and omega 3 and your kids will love them in a creamy curry or pan fried with mixed vegetables and served as a warm noodle salad.

Add something delicious to your next mealtime, with succulent, specially sourced seafood products. Whether it’s plump and juicy prawns, or crispy coated mouth-watering fish, there are tons of ways to add seafood into you and your family’s diets – no more dinner time fuss.

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