As the kids head back to school, many moms (and dads) hit the books too -- cookbooks, that is! Back to school means back to the kitchen. Good nutrition habits may have gone on vacation with the family this summer, but when it's time to get back into a routine, parents look for ways to get nutritious meals on the plate every day. Moms in particular start thinking about making meals that keep kids focused and fight the flu. Eating fish can help with both! It is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital in brain development of infants and young children and also support a healthy immune system. These good fatty acids may even help children who deal with anxiety and attention issues, and the lean protein and minerals found in fish are needed for young growing bodies.
Tips for getting young ones to eat fish
There's knowing and then there's doing. Parents can tell their children that the fish on their plate is good for them or may even help make them the smartest kid in class, but how do you get them to actually eat and enjoy this brain food? The following tips may help make meal time more pleasant by making fish a family favorite.
1. Keep it simple. Most kids don't want fancy or gourmet or UFO's (unidentified food objects) when it comes to dinner time. If they can't identify what they're eating, they often turn up their noses.
2. Make it crispy or crunchy. There's a reason breaded and fried foods, such as fish sticks and nuggets, are kid pleasers. They offer texture and flavor that kids like, and there's nothing unhealthy about making fish this way at home. Breadcrumbs, cereal, and even potato chips can be used to make a tasty, crispy fish enjoyed by the entire family.
3. Fun food tastes better. Okay, maybe not, but kids are more likely to eat it if you give a dish a silly name, so why not try it?!
For a favorite back-to-school dinner that can teach basic shapes to young ones or simply amuse your older geometry student, try this easy recipe for a cornflake-encrusted pan-fried tilapia that guarantees clean plates. As a nutrition side note that parents will feel good about, you can get as much as 160 mg omega-3's per 3-ounce serving of tilapia!
There is no doubt you've come into contact with some aspect of "Organic Food" during your last visit to your local market. In recent years, organic fruits, vegetables and other goods have become prominent on the shelves of supermarkets and in shopping carts. In fact, the organic food sector grew by 9.5 percent in 2011, reaching $31.5 billion in sales and representing 4.2 percent of all U.S. food sales.
While the USDA has not yet finalized the standard for organic seafood in the United States, in 1991, the EU established its first organic regulation, which was based on the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) formed in 1972. Moreover, the EU legally included seafood in their organic standards since 2007.
Although every European certification body may evaluate different criteria and the way in which the organic standards are administered, they all cover these fundamental principles of organic fish farming: (1) to maintain a healthy and sustainable aquatic ecosystem that protects the welfare of the farmed species, (2) the system must be free of inputs prohibited by the standard, such as herbicides or other agro-chemical pesticides and (3) must not be affected by or cause pollution to the environment.
Tropical has partnered with premium organic farms, Murphy's Irish Organic Salmon of Bantry Bay and Glenarm Organic Salmon from Northern Ireland, in order to have a year-round supply of organic salmon.
Murphy's Irish Seafood produces organic salmon, certified under the standards set b y Agriculture Biologique (AB) of France and EU Organic. In addition, Murphy's Irish Organic Salmon is raised according to organic guidelines set by the Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Associations (IOFGA).
Glenarm Organic Salmon is farmed according to standards set by the UK's leading certification body, The Organic Food Federation, which was established in 1986 and oversees all areas of organics. They raise their salmon giving, "priority to the health and welfare of the fish, to the long-term protection of the environment and to deliver an outstanding product to customers. We achieve this and more by ensuring strict adherence to the organic standards allowing us to work in harmony with nature whilst producing salmon that are as close to 'wild nature' as you will find!", said John Russell, Managing Director.
So, stop wondering about the significance of 'organic' and make your next purchasing decision simple. This chart will show you the basics of 'organic' standards at a glance so you can make an educated choice!
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