It may look like a chicken breast, but anyone with a food allergy has realized the ill effects when eating this so-called protein at McDonald's. I have had many clients go to McDonald's (unwillingly) for group outings. They order the GRILLED CHICKEN SALAD with no dressing (because they weren't sure if there was wheat in the dressing) and they still get sick from wheat consumption. Why? Well, the 'chicken breast' is anything but just chicken!
Grilled Chicken Breast Filet ingredients: Chicken breast filets with rib meat, water, seasoning (salt, sugar, food starch-modified, maltodextrin, spices, dextrose, autolyzed yeast extract, hydrolyzed [corn gluten, soy, wheat gluten] proteins, garlic powder, paprika, chicken fat, chicken broth, natural flavors (plant and animal source), caramel color, polysorbate 80, xanthan gum, onion powder, extractives of paprika), modified potato starch, and sodium phosphates. CONTAINS: SOY AND WHEAT. Prepared with Liquid Margarine: Liquid soybean oil, water, partially hydrogenated cottonseed and soybean oils, salt, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, soy lecithin, mono- and diglycerides, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (preservative), artificial flavor, citric acid, vitamin A palmitate, beta carotene (color). CONTAINS: SOY LECITHIN.
Instead of giving your kids a dose of mechanically made chicken nuggets, try this instead...
1 pound Smart Chicken breasts
1 cup almond flour
1 tsp Celtic sea salt
1/2 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp pepper
2 eggs, beaten
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, mix the eggs. In another medium bowl, mix the almond flour and salt (and additional spices if desired).
Cut the chicken into bite sized nuggets. Dip the nugget into the egg mixture, then into the almond flour mixture. Coat each nugget well. Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Timing will depend on how big you make the nuggets. Serve with Nature's Hollow BBQ sauce.
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
McDonald's Nuggets = 280 calories, 17g fat, 14g protein, 16 carbs, 0g fiber
"Healthified" Nuggets = 171 calories, 10g fat, 16g protein, 3.2 carbs, 1.6g fiber
1 packet (28g)
McDonald's BBQ Sauce = 50 calories, 0 fat, 0 protein, 12 carbs, 0 fiber
Nature's Hollow BBQ Sauce = 18 calories, 0 fat, 0 protein, 2 carbs, 0 fiber
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