Healthy Children’s Food Options that are Easy to Prepare!
Asian Dumplings are a fun and nutritious alternative that kids enjoy eating. Dumplings and Pork Buns may not be the first snack that comes to mind for children and teenagers. There are many choices for children’s snacks at the supermarket that are pre-prepared. Many of the options are quick and easy but unhealthy.
Why Are Dumplings Good For Your Kids?
- They contain the proteins, vegetables and carbohydrates necessary to fuel the body and brain.
- Young children love them. They are fun to eat and kids enjoy the texture.
- They are economical, meaning you can feed the soccer team or play group.
- Frozen dumplings are fast and easy to prepare. Simply boil or steam for 10 minutes.
- Minimal mess is created and they are a perfect food to share.
After school, sport or play children are often hungry need an afternoon snack. Asian dumplings are a perfect choice as they are easy for a busy mother to prepare and are nutritious. Children will be satisfied after eating a few dumplings which is better than a sugary option. Teenagers will be fuelled for education or refuelled after sport. Dumplings are healthy, nutritious and fun to eat. They taste great and are perfect for children and adults.
Here is a quote from an article from The Huffington Post Australia, titled ‘Dumplings: Are They Healthy Or Not?’:
“Dumplings are a reasonably healthy option…the same goes for frozen dumplings you buy from the supermarket” Simone Austin (accredited practising dietitian and DAA spokesperson).
Frozen Dumpling Brands
Supermarkets stock many brands of Dumplings and Pork Buns. Generally, the ingredients are nutritious and provide what the body and brain needs to grow. There is meat for protein, vegetables (usually cabbage) for nutrients and carbohydrates. The dumplings are not cooked in fats or oils if they are steamed or boiled without. Simply look at the ingredients and nutritional information on the packaging for proof of this. You may notice that some brands are healthier than others. Here are some brands that you will see at supermarkets and some reviews:
- Hong Kong Dim Sim Kitchen are not reviewed.
- Chan’s Yum Cha are reviewed at totornot.com
- Crazy Dragon Dumplings reviewed by Aldimum
It is difficult to establish the source of all ingredients in two of the brands. According to Marj Osborne in her article ‘OUR GUIDE TO THE BEST GOLD COAST GYOZA’ on blankgc.com.au stated “The Australian made brands using local ingredients are the Coles Chicken & Ginger Gyoza, Crazy Dragon, and Mama Chow brand”.
Crazy Dragon Dumplings
Crazy Dragon dumplings and Frozen BBQ steamed pork buns are proudly Australian made. The product is manufactured in Melbourne, Australia. You can be guaranteed that the ingredients are of high quality and sourced from Australian farms. They are regarded as one of the best frozen dumplings in supermarkets in Australia and millions of Crazy Dragon dumplings are sold every year. Crazy Dragon dumplings are one of the most popular items in the frozen foods section of Coles and Woolworths.
They are available in many flavours and varieties:
- BBQ Steamed Pork Buns 200g at Coles
- Pork & Spring Onion Dumplings 200g at Woolworths
- Chicken & Coriander Dumplings 200g at Coles
- Steamed Mini Pork Bun Bites 600g at Woolworths
- Hong Kong Style Pork Dumplings 750g at Coles
- Hong Kong Style Chicken Dumplings 750g at Woolworths and Coles
- Hong Kong Style Prawn Dumplings 750g at Woolworths and Coles
CLICK HERE for product range and information.
Don’t Forget the Chopsticks and Dipping Sauce
It is beneficial for kids to embrace other cultures. It is best to communicate this to children at a young age so they learn to embrace multiculturalism. A great to do this is with food. If your kids enjoy the cuisine of other culture then this is a likely outcome. They will be worldly and ready to interact with all nationalities.
Dumplings and pork buns are examples of traditional Asian food. Children throughout Asia eat then as a staple part of their diet. Do not forget to show your kids how to use chopsticks! The dumpling can be a ‘slippery little sucker’ so it is the perfect challenge before your young one gets their ‘black belt in chopsticks’. Jokes aside, eating with chopsticks is challenging which makes it fun (even for adults). Remember that over half of the population eat with chopsticks, they have amazing history and embody Asian culture.
Click Here to see an easy guide to teaching your child to use chopsticks from parenting.com titled ‘Teach Your Child to Use Chopsticks’.
Of course, a dumpling is best when dipped in a sauce. Every time you serve them you can give a different flavour and experience to your kids. Soy sauce, vinegar and hoisin are available from the supermarket. Knowing kids today they may request tomato sauce! Have some fun. Try any combinations.
Click Here for a links to an interesting article on Chinese Dumpling Dipping Sauce.
Obviously, Asian Dumplings are a great choice for a children’s snack. They are fun to eat, easy to prepare and ready in minutes. Crazy Dragon dumplings are Australian Made and made from quality Australian ingredients (Click here to watch a video on this). Find these snacks for kids at supermarkets around Australia. Find them in the frozen foods section at Coles and Woolworths.