Guest Blogger: Nutrition Nanny, Christina Marie

Kid Classics Revamped. Are
you tired of your kids eating the same unhealthy foods? Here is two classic kid
favorites done healthy! Enjoy!

Zucchini Chicken Nuggets

is a mild tasting vegetable that surprisingly many children welcome. The zucchini
does not alter the chicken flavor and is best served with homemade ranch or
1/2 c. of grated zucchini
lb. ground chicken


tsp. onion salt
c. crushed corn flakes or bread crumbs

together the zucchini, chicken, egg, and onion salt in a large bowl until
mixed.  Form small balls of the chicken mixture and press them flat. In a
small bowl pour the breadcrumbs or corn flakes. Place the flattened chicken
into the breadcrumbs or cornflakes and coat thoroughly.  Place on a lightly
greased cookie sheet.  Once all chicken nuggets are breaded, spray a light
layer of nonstick cooking spray over the chicken.  Preheat the oven to 400
degrees for 13-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
Kid loving Ketchup 
What goes better with healthy chicken nuggets but healthy ketchup?

What you need:
• 18 oz tomato paste
• 7 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
• 2 tablespoons honey 
• 1/2-3/4 cup water
• 1 teaspoon salt
• ½ teaspoon garlic powder
• ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
• Pinch of allspice
• Pinch cloves
• Dash of cayenne pepper (not needed especially if your child is sensitive to spice)
Mix everything together. If you want you can play with the recipe to make it more sweet, salty etc. Allow your child to be your su chef and distinguish what the recipe needs. Pour recipe contents into ketchup bottle, or into a jar. Use as you would any other ketchup, either as is or in other recipes.

Keep in the refrigerator after making the ketchup. Keeps well because of the acidity.  Can be used in meatloaf or sloppy joe recipes. Add mayo and create a homemade Russian dressing. YUM!

Christina Marie, has been a career nanny for the last three years and previously wrote articles for the Arizona Daily Star and the University of Arizona’s student run website She comes from a culinary family of restaurant entrepreneurs and master chefs and cooking has always been an important aspect of her life. During her college years at the University of Arizona, she realized pizza was not going to be her go to meal, considering, her pallet was attuned to fine foods. Keeping in mind that college students are on a budget she got creative in the kitchen and experimented and re-created healthy versions of fare she grew up eating. Since becoming a nanny she realizes the importance of kids eating healthy meals and snacks. She prides herself on balancing nutrient enriched foods that are tasty and healthy for kids and are not time consuming to create. Ms. Marie holds a Bachelors Degree in journalism and is currently working on a children’s book about a sassy little girls adventures and mishaps. Please stay tuned to see her weekly contributions on healthy tot eats on this blog.