Chicken nuggets populate almost every kids’ menu in America because kids vote with their greasy fingers and parents vote for the settling down that happens when you hand a bag of food this fun and easy to almost any kid. But add potato chips and creamy dip to the plate, and you’ve got yourself a doozy of a family nutrition problem—nearly 700 calories and a gram of sodium, all in a fairly small portion. We set about making this combo healthy while keeping all constituencies happy.
Classic • 660 calories per meal • 44 grams total fat • 1,000 milligrams sodium
Makeover • 241 calories per meal • 6.1 grams total fat • 386 milligrams sodium
Put the kids on sauce duty, and stir up some fun. They’ll fall in love with this healthier yogurt-based dip, with only 37 calories and 84mg sodium per tablespoon. Try with veggies as a sub for heavy ranch.