Chicken nuggets for kids - are they healthy?

Chicken nuggets for kids - are they healthy?

Posted by Yumble Team | Posted on Sep 9, 2021 at 10:30 AM

Turn anything into a “nugget” and kids will eat it. Broccoli nuggets, fish nuggets, and the most popular of all- chicken nuggets.They are a perfect finger food and one of the first foods kids can really manage to pick up, dip, and munch on by themselves. But is this soft, salty, circular protein really good for our kids? It depends.

Know your nugget.

Not all nuggets are created equal though they may share some of the same qualities. Kids chicken nuggets contain chicken, usually ground, which provides protein to our toddlers and little kids. This helps our kiddos grow, develop strong muscles, and thrive. But the rest of the nugget’s nutrition can vary. Fast food chicken nuggets can be loaded with added salt and added fat, which make them taste good but don’t add any of the nutrients that are so important to help our kids grow. In fact, we want to limit added oils and salts in food for kids and adults. Let’s jump into how to find a nugget our kids love and we love to serve them!

What should a super healthy chicken nugget have?If you’re buying frozen or fresh chicken nuggets, look for some of the following ingredients on the package label:

  • Whole grain breading
  • Hidden veggies (look for nuggets with cauliflower puree, pureed broccoli, or carrot inside)
  • No added salt or sugar

DIY your nugget

If you’ve scrolled through Pinterest in search of a healthy chicken nugget for kids, you’ve probably seen the recipe for chicken breast, cut, breaded, and baked. You may have even made it only to find your toddler refuses it. What's the difference? The texture. Kids and toddlers love the soft texture of the chicken nugget. Try using 1lb of ground chicken or turkey, season it to your child’s preference (plain or with a little garlic or onion powder), use ground oats as a binder along with an egg, shape into small circles or fun shapes, dredge in flour, egg, breadcrumbs, and put on a sheet pan to bake. From there, you can serve the nuggets or freeze them to reheat them quickly in the microwave or toaster oven. You can even add a little grated carrot or zucchini for a “hidden veggie”.

If time isn’t on your side to make your own nuggets, try looking for a quick and healthy nugget option. These gluten free chicken nuggets and mac and cheese are kid friendly crowd pleasers (and allergy friendly!).

Use nuggets to your advantage

Healthy chicken nuggets for toddlers can be a great way to introduce new foods and flavors. These healthy chicken nuggets for kids help introduce flavors from Asian cooking and the texture of brown rice. You can use chicken nuggets to introduce lots of new flavors, textures, and other nutrient rich foods to your child. Chicken nugget parmesan? Yum! Greek style chicken nugget pita pocket? Yum again! Chicken nuggets have a place on your child’s plate and with a little label reading in your back pocket you can feel great about it!

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