A Melbourne dad has launched a campaign called “Death to Nuggets’, lobbying for more restaurants and cafes to provide healthy options for children.

He says most establishments only offer the unholy trinity of nuggets, spaghetti bolognaise and fish and chips for young diners.

Melbourne father of three and former advertising executive, Jonathan Pangu, is alarmed at the dominance of big companies selling foods high in salt, sugar and bad fats, to our children.

He has launched “Death to Nuggets“, aiming to bring a new attitude to the campaign for healthier diets.

‘As a parent, I know how attractive bad food can be to children. Rather than tell kids what to do, Death to Nuggets uses creativity to make healthy food choices interesting, not a lecture or a chore.

‘We’re starting with monthly food events in Australia’s foodie capital, because even here, the kids’ menus in restaurants are often an afterthought. We want to inspire kids with imaginative and nourishing food, not send them to sleep with the bad, bland, boring and beige.”

He added, “We’re in danger of raising a generation that don’t understand food. That’s a shame because of the great things they miss out on, but it’s also dangerous. The nutritional content of processed food is very poor and we’re seeing obesity spiking all round the world because of it. ”

“Let’s put chicken nuggets and their kind into the bin of history and get back to real food. “

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  • I do agree that there does need to be more variety, however when we go out to eat these it’s a treat & special & she knows it’s not for everyday foods.


  • yeah these aren’t too bad as one off’s here or there but true food education starts at home and you can always order a salad or something else instead of the meal that is labelled “kids”. Parents do have a choice to feed their kids this or not


  • I also agree with this, all the best in your campaign!


  • I agree there needs to be more variety, but sometimes a parent just wants to order a guaranteed favourite so everyone enjoys their meal.


  • I absolutely agree. My son is now 16 but the running joke in our family was always about chicken nuggets. We’d say to our son… what are you going to order? Chicken nuggets. We also told him he’d end up looking like one!! More variety PLEASE.


  • I am totally supporting this campaign. Best of luck.


  • Good on him. A good campaign that i hope get lots of traction.


  • yep I second what he is doing, I hate going out and have a lovely meal myself only to look over and see my kids eating frozen nuggets! good luck with the Death to Nuggets campaign


  • Totally agree. I often order a bowl of veggies for my daughter, or give her veggies from my plate when we go out


  • How hard can it be for restaurants to serve a smaller option of the adult meals? It couldn’t be that expensive as the ingredients are there, and how terrific for children to eat what mum and dad have on a night out. This also opens the children’s minds, and taste buds to new foods.

    • Totally agree. Restaurants should serve a smaller portion at a cheaper price of an adult/memu meal. It’s not rocket science.
      Well done dad for making a stand.


  • Woot! Where do I sign up?! We actively avoid restuarants/cafes that only provide crap meals to kids.


  • I appreciate those restaurants that offer entrée or main sized meals – let’s us offer a wider range of foods to our children.

    • We often order off the menu too to cater for all tastes and all ages. Restaurants will cook to order.


  • Yes I agree with this dad.
    There’s not only a lack of healthy choices, I would say there’s a lack of choice all together.
    2 of my kids eat vegetarian and gluten-free and there’s so often lack or no choice at all.


  • The other option for children when eating out is to order an entree or to share food from adult plates with a separate plate.


  • I’m with this dad on this – about time some healthier options were there for children.


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