This month we’re dishing with mom and registered dietitian, Sally Kuzemchak of Real Mom Nutrition. Sally is a food and nutrition expert who previously worked as an editorial assistant for Self magazine’s nutrition department. These days, she runs her own blog, Real Mom, Nutrition, where she offers other moms relatable advice, tips and recipes for busy families. With her extensive background in healthy cooking, weight management and prenatal nutrition, she’s ready to dish about seafood’s health benefits with us.
Tell us about you and your blog.
I’m a registered dietitian and mom of two. I blog at Real Mom Nutrition, a judgement-free zone all about feeding kids. I share simple, fuss-free recipes and write about topics like picky eaters, kitchen tricks and school wellness.
What is your favorite seafood dish to make at home or order at a restaurant?
Fish tacos! I love ordering fish tacos when we’re out to eat so that I can see everyone’s take on them, because everyone seems to do them differently. I love lots of crunchy cabbage and a good lime-cilantro crema. I also like making them at home. In fact, my kids were kind of iffy about fish until I started making fish tacos. Now they’re game for all kinds of fish prepared in different ways.
Any words of wisdom for parents who have picky eaters? How did you get your kid(s) to eat seafood?
Consistently offering a variety of healthy food in a pressure-free way really is key. Be neutral, and be patient. I was a picky eater myself, so I understand how much time it can take. But, the goal is for your child to try foods because he/she wants to, not because he/she has to. So, no bribing, no promising or withholding dessert, and no nagging.
For my kids, fish tacos really did open the door to other fish dishes. Wrapping the fish in a flour tortilla and letting them add their favorite toppings makes the dish much more kid-friendly. Sauces are also key. When I brushed BBQ sauce onto baked salmon, I converted my younger son. Both of my kids now like shrimp too, which simply came from offering it several times.
Why is seafood so beneficial for everyone, especially kids?
Seafood is such a healthy, lean source of protein – and the fats contained in many species are good for the heart, brain, eyes and even the mood.
What is your go-to seafood meal for busy nights?
I like a simple shrimp scampi over whole wheat spaghetti with lots of fresh lemon, garlic and parsley. It’s so quick to make but feels like a special treat.
What’s next on your “must-make” seafood list?
Scallops. I order them at restaurants but have never made them at home.