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step 4: boost protein Try to stretch your child’s repertoire MEATBALLS c Hamburger patties, meatloaf, mince in tacos. CHICKEN NUGGETS SLICED DELI MEATS c Prepare homemade healthy versions, turkey nuggets, schnitzel. c Avoid store-bought options that are high in nitrates. Instead, slice homemade roasts finely and freeze into small portions for ease of use. FISH FINGERS c Prepare healthier versions like our homemade Fish Fingers (see recipe on page 57). Lamb Koftas, (see recipe on page 155) feed your child a serve of fish that might be high in mercury, seafood for up to a fortnight. Fish vs shellfish Shellfish are generally not as rich in omega-3s as most fish. Lobster, for example, contains very few omega-3s, and shrimp and clams are pretty modest contributors too. Shellfish allergies are also among the most common of food allergies. Shrimp, crab and lobster cause most shellfish allergies. While reactions vary, they do tend to be severe (such as anaphylaxis). To prevent a reaction, strict avoidance of shellfish and shellfish products is essential. Always read ingredient labels to identify shellfish ingredients. If you are going to introduce shellfish to your child, start with one new type at a time at home rather than at a restaurant. stay away from all other What about sushi? Raw seafood used in sushi or sashimi certainly has its health benefits, especially salmon which is high in omega-3s. However, raw fish or shellfish may contain common bacteria like Listeria or Salmonella and parasites, all of which can cause serious illnesses in young children. The FDA in the US recommends that children under five don’t consume raw fish or shellfish. Raw shellfish is considered the most dangerous to eat because it’s most likely to be contaminated. If you are going to eat sushi, buy it from a well-established restaurant and eat it as soon as possible. I do not recommend purchasing sushi and sending it to school. How to get your kids to eat meat (and fish) Some children are born carnivores and will eat meat off the bone while others find it 141 you know? Plant-based Did omega-3 fats, such as flaxseed oil and walnuts, are important for good health. However less than 10 per cent is converted into EPA and DHA. Fish oil, on the other hand, provides pre-formed EPA and DHA.