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Love it, Like it, Hate it: Chicken Nuggets

Kids love them, and they’re fast & easy for parents to prepare, but chicken nuggets aren’t exactly what you’d call a health food.  But there are some healthier options on shelves, so today we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on the best and worst of this popular kid favorite!

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Earth’s Best BAKED Chicken Nuggets

 

  • Main ingredients:  chicken, battered with whole wheat flour blend
  • Per 4 nuggets: 120 cals, 3 grams fat, 0 sat fat, 270 mg sodium, 10 carbs, 11 protein

Applegate Natural Chicken Nuggets & Strips

 

  • Main ingredients:  Chicken, Water, breaded with white flour & corn flour blend.
  • Per 7 nuggets:  180 cals, 9 grams fat, 1.5 sat fat, 210 sodium, 12 grams carbs, 12 grams protein
  • Per 3 strips: 170 cals, 8 grams fat, 1 sat fat, 350 mg sodium, 12 grams carbs, 12 grams protein

Ian’s Chicken Nuggets

 

  • Main ingredients: chicken breast with rib meat, canola oil, potato flakes, water, sea salt. Coated with yellow corn flour, corn starch, baking powder, garlic powder, sea salt and breaded with cornflake crumbs.
  • Per 5 nuggets:  210 cals, 10 grams fat, 1 sat fat, 250 sodium, 12 grams carbs, 12 grams protein

 

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Tyson 100% Natural Chicken Nuggets

  • Ingredients:  Chicken, water, salt; breaded with whole wheat + white flour blend.
  • Per 5 nuggets:  270 cals, 17 g fat, 4 grams sat fat, 470 sodium, 15 grams carbs, 14 grams protein.

 

 

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MorningStar Farms Chik’n Nuggets

  • First ingredients: textured vegetable protein (soy protein concentrate, soy protein isolate, wheat gluten…), enriched wheat flour, bleached wheat flour, corn oil, corn starch
  • Per 4 nuggets: 190 cals, 9 grams fat, 1.5 sat fat, 600 mg sodium, 19 grams carbs, 12 grams protein