With a new school year beginning, it’s important for parents to be prepared and help their children start forming good habits. For example, most children function better in a routine. They wake up every day at a certain time, they practice the same sports and eat nutritious, fresh foods that fuel their bodies.
One healthy option for kids is seafood. When kids eat at least two servings of seafood each week, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, they can receive big benefits. Fish and shellfish supply nutrients such as vitamins B and D, choline and essential omega-3 fatty acids, which are all needed for strong bones, brain development, healthy immune systems and cardiovascular systems.
With a new routine in place, it can sometimes be hard for parents to keep up, but with fast-cooking seafood like thin fish fillets and shrimp, a healthy dinner can be ready in minutes.
Hearty Salmon Skewers over Brown Rice
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
1 pound salmon, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
kosher salt, to taste
freshly ground pepper, to taste
paprika, to taste
1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup pineapple, cubed
1/2 cup canola oil
2 cups cooked brown rice
• Coat salmon with kosher salt, freshly ground pepper and paprika, to taste. Slide piece of salmon onto a skewer, followed by tomato and then pineapple. Repeat three times on each skewer, or until skewer is full.
• In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1/2 cup canola oil 1 minute.
• Place skewers in pan and turn every 2 minutes per side. Squeeze lemon on skewers while cooking.
• To serve, place 1/2 cup rice on each plate and two skewers on top. Squeeze hint of lemon over each serving, if desired.
For more seafood recipes and meal inspiration, visit seafoodnutrition.org