Friday, January 14, 2011

How to Make Fried Chicken Healthier for Your Children - Healthy Fried Chicken

Children about 5 - 8 years old are hard to feed. They love nothing but fried chicken. Serve them vegetables and they'll tell you they would rather have biscuits than eat them. If you are experiencing this problem, what must you do? How will you take care of the nutrition of your children? Will you just rely on commercially available multivitamins? Will you 'force' them to eat vegetables? Will you let them continue eating fried chicken and just pretend that its going to be okay because they'll get tired of it soon anyway? If you really want to make your children healthy without really forcing things on them to eat fruits and vegetables (which could actually make them hate fruits and vegetables more), here are some tips that you can follow.

Add vegetables through the 'breading'

1. Grate carrots or chop some greens like cabbage and lettuce. Add them to the breading mixture. When you fry the chicken, these bits and pieces of vegetables will also turn brown so your children won't notice them. You can also added finely chopped button mushrooms.

2. You can also try adding corn flakes, crushed cereals, oatmeal to the breading mixture. Sesame seed can also be added.

Make your gravy healthier

In making your gravy, instead of using water or chicken stock for the mixture, use vegetable soup (boil cabbage, lettuce, carrots, celery).

You can also add 'pureed' vegetables in the mixture. You can add these purees as you boil the gravy in a sauce pan. Potatoes will blend well the most. Carrots and cabbage will also be okay. You can also experiment with squash.

Make alternative dips

1. You can use white dips instead of the usual brown gravy. Instead of water or chicken stock, you can use milk when cooking the gravy. It will give a creamier effect.

2. You can also try a sour cream dip. Mix cream, garlic powder and pesto powder. Squeeze lemon into the mixture. 

These tips will help you ensure that your children meet their nutritional needs without getting into heated arguments with them. You are also, at the same time, developing their taste for eating vegetables in the future.

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