I have a personal policy that I will introduce nourishing, healthy, nutrient rich food to my daughter, even if I don’t like it. I hope that even if I never develop a taste for something, that she will. This has been the case for liver. I can’t say I actually enjoy eating liver, but I try to serve it on a somewhat frequent basis since she has learned to love it and my husband enjoys it as well (I eat it, but don’t love it. Though I am beginning to be able to enjoy it)). So when I found out that Radiant Life was carrying dried anchovies because Sally Fallon had recommended it as a very nutrient rich, traditional snack, I was interested.
It’s not that it really appealed strongly to my taste-buds, but rather knowing how extremely good it would be for us appealed to me. I decided that next time I went to my local Asian store, I would look for some. Meanwhile, Cheeseslave mentioned eating dried fish with her young daughter as a snack, which encouraged me that it wouldn’t taste too bad!
A few weeks ago, we were able to go to the Asian store, and had a terrible time finding it. We kept coming across packaged large dried fish and I thought, “I’m not gnawing on that! It would break a tooth!”. I am still not sure what you are supposed to do with the large dried fish, but we finally found the dried anchovies. It was in the refrigerated section. I appreciate that this brand is from Japan, where they have high quality control (unlike China). Still, my husband and I looked at each other in a little uncertainty. They certainly didn’t look appetizing. But they were only $1.50 a package (much cheaper then buying them online), so it was worth a try!
My daughter LOVES them. Seriously loves them. It’s probably the most nutrient rich snack I’ve ever heard of, so I feel it’s a great snack choice. Joel and I were surprised to find that they actually aren’t bad tasting (though they are fishy smelling for sure)! Now, I can’t say that I would be tempted to eat the whole bag of them, like I would if they were corn chips, but I really don’t think they are bad at all. And that’s something coming from someone who didn’t like fish at all until adulthood.
I had a friend over yesterday who is a fellow health food enthusiast, so I told her about the dried anchovies. I gave some to Elena and we offered some to her children. Her cautious four year old wouldn’t try it, but her two year old loved them. Elena and he polished off a small bowl of them in no time! It’s amazing to me how little kids often love nutrient rich foods.
While they don’t contain any salt, because they swam in the sea, they have a bit of a salty overtone. And my most favorite part of all? They are a very frugal snack, so I am paying very little, for a very nutrient rich food. How often does that happen?!
By the way, not only do you get the benefits of fish with these little snacks, but I believe you also get the benefit of thyroid support because they still contain the heads, thyroid in tact (and you thought that was icky? It’s the best part!).
I know that for some of you this is a little beyond your comfort zone, and it was beyond mind too at first. But you never know until you try it! You may be surprised.