Healthy Snacks

Chicken Nuggets or Mom Made Chicken Meatballs?

Do you buy chicken nuggets for your family for those really-busy-no-time-to-cook dinners? Mom Made would like to share with you a simple swap you can make to keep things healthy at your dinner table. First, some facts that might be surprising to some of you. Did you know...

  1. These popular chicken nuggets, that you can find in almost any fast food joint, hardly contain any chicken. Their boneless chicken has been pasted and and then just held together with sodium phosphate acting as a glue. Appetizing?!
  2. Using a lot of other additives and chemicals, it is said that the majority of that paste consists of corn and not even real chicken. OK, again not appetizing.
  3. For appearance's sake, the food processors must add artificial coloring to make the gel look like chicken meat. Once the gel is artificially flavored and colored, it is squeezed into molds and breaded, then fried briefly to help it keep its shape.

Chicken Nuggets are popular because they're bite size and you can dip them in different sauces. Now, we want to share with you Mom Made Chicken & Apple Meatballs that come with the same fun factor as the chicken nuggets, but are so much healthier! 10 Mom Made Chicken & Apple Meatballs are almost less than half the calories and sodium than just 5 chicken nuggets. Here's how they stack up:

MM_Comparison_ChickenBites_shadowTo learn more about Mom Made Chicken & Apple Meatball, click here.

8 Must-Do's to Make Back-to-School Healthier

breakfast1)  No more lazy days of summer!  Use the last few weeks of summer to get into a school-day rhythm. Practice waking up, getting dressed and eating breakfast at the same time every morning. It can also be helpful to prepare in the evening for the morning tasks. Get your children involved in the process, so you have an extra hand. When you do this as a family, life can be easier for everyone. 2) Rise & shine! Wake up an extra 10 minutes early to encourage your family to eat a healthy breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and critical to your child's day of learning.

3) Make it fun! Put on your creative cap to jazz up lunch and snacks with fun shapes and colorful. Write a funny note or joke to put into their lunch. blog1

4) Involve the kiddos! Empower your kids by involving them the prep work and decision making about what goes in the lunchbox. Carrots or sliced red peppers today? Then don't be surprised when they bring home an empty lunchbox after school.

5)  Sweet dreams! Move back bedtime a week before school starts to the "school night" bedtime. A well rested child is a child ready to learn.

blog26)  Stock up on the have-as-much-as-you-like snacks! Pack your kitchen with easy, healthy finger foods, such as grapes, berries, cherry tomatoes and baby carrots. After school, leave healthy snacks on the kitchen counter so your children will help themselves. Or, pack your veggie and fruit snacks in easy-usable containers, that will provide your child access to prepared snacks in the fridge.

7) Plan your dinners! Take the stress out of dinner and get some help planning ahead for easy meals. It also helps to save on groceries if you have a clean fridge at the end of the week. Our founder loves the mom-owned meal-planning service, The Six O'Clock Scramble.

8) Look for healthy shortcuts! Let all-natural and organic prepared foods take some of the stress off of you for those nights when you're dashing from school to after-school activities. Need a meal in 2 minutes that comes with no guilt? That's when Mom Made Meatball Bites, Mom Made Meals and Mom Made Munchies come to the rescue. :-)

Thanksgiving Poem

It’s the week before Thanksgiving And all through the town

Not a parent was cooking

Not even a clown

Moms and Dads Everywhere are saving their energy

For that big day of thanks, sharing and preparing

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What happens to their kids if they should want a snack?!

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Bon Appetit next week and happy Thanksgiving!