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Posted by Olivia Beauchesne, New Hampshire on July 8, 2013
“I wanted to make a dish that is healthy, delicious, and inspires children all around the country to have healthy eating habits,” says Olivia. “I am including a strawberry and banana smoothie with low-fat yogurt to add dairy to my recipe. My recipe has slivered almonds in it for texture, but the almonds can be taken out for a nut-free family.” - Olivia Beauchesne, age 12, New Hampshire
Posted by Isabella Gross, Nevada on July 8, 2013
“In April 2012 I got diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Followed along with that, I have been diagnosed with celiac, so I am working on a gluten-free diet,” says Isabella. “When my mom told me about this challenge, I thought, why not make something sweet, and gluten-free So I came up with the nutty Chex Chicken.
Posted by Aliana Arzola-Piñero, Puerto Rico on July 8, 2013
“I practice rhythmic gymnastics, and my coaches always talk about the importance of good nutrition. They advise us to eat a balanced diet, including veggies,” says Aliana. “My mom loves eggplants. I do not like eggplants that much; they have millions of seeds! However, I do love pasta, so we came up with this recipe: eggplant lasagna rolls. We combined the eggplant with other veggies.
Posted by Ganesh Selvakumar, Pennsylvania on July 8, 2013
“When I was younger, I would love to play with lentils until I realized from my mom that they are very nutritious,” says Ganesh. “I love green vegetables and decided to make a new recipe with vegetables and lentils. Last summer my mom and I planted a few mint plants in our garden. I loved to eat the fresh leaves. I don’t want to waste those precious leaves and came up with a mint recipe with lentils.
Posted by Cecily Asplund, Utah on July 8, 2013
“Me and my mom love to be in the kitchen! I was in Mandarin immersion at my school for three years, and when we had Chinese dumplings, I became interested in Chinese food,” recalls Cecily. “Mom and I experimented with these delicious Chinese-style lettuce cups. I love how the crunchy lettuce, peanuts, and veggies go with the tender rice.
Posted by Audrey Russell, Oregon on July 8, 2013
“We eat a lot of salmon in Oregon because it is a super healthy and delicious local fish,” says Audrey. “Fried rice makes a great lunch because it combines protein, grains, and veggies all in one meal. I can even take it in my lunch box! My favorite thing to make with it is Caprese salad. My mom lets me cut cherry tomatoes in half and mix them with fresh mozzarella, basil, and olive oil to serve with the fried rice.
Posted by Owen Kerkvliet, South Dakota on July 8, 2013
“I do not like eating vegetables when they are plain on my plate at home,” admits Owen. “My mom hides vegetables in the food she makes sometimes, and she doesn’t tell me they are in there until I am done eating. My mom and I came up with the recipe together. I love lasagna, and we hid the vegetables in the lasagna. I would serve it with grapes, my favorite fruit.” - Owen Kerkvliet, age 9, South Dakota
Posted by Devanshi Udeshi, Texas on July 8, 2013
“When I went grocery shopping with my mom, I came across quinoa in the grains aisle, so we decided to try it,” says Devanshi. “I guess it tastes really good, so my mom and I created a burger recipe, which includes quinoa, a good source of protein. My healthy and delicious recipe can be served with a side dish of Super Scrumptious Strawberry Salad,” which has spinach, strawberries, and red onion.
Posted by Sakari Clendinen, Virgin Islands on July 8, 2013
“On the weekend, we make pancakes from scratch in shapes that go along with family celebrations. These have a healthy twist and are delicious,” says Sakari. “At first we were going to use sour cream, but I don’t like that. So we made a cream cheese and yogurt mixture that I love.
Posted by Makenna Hurd, Tennessee on July 8, 2013
“My mommy and I bake lots of muffins to raise awareness for Down syndrome. I walk in ‘Walk for Success’ each year with my family and almost always win a medal,” says Makenna.