Posted by Daniela Bergantz, Age 10, on July 13, 2016
“I saw a cool way to put designs into pasta and thought I could try to make red stripes for the American Flag. My favorite parts of making this were when I made the nest in the flour to hold the ingredients. I loved mixing the beet dough and seeing the red color pop out! I also really liked to turn the pasta crank. My dad grinds all of our flour. We grow a lot of vegetables used to make the garden sauce for the ravioli.”
- Daniela Bergantz, Age 10, the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winner from Utah
Posted by Miranda Gallagher, Age 8, on July 13, 2016
“Miranda works hard helping in our garden and raising our chickens,” says Miranda’s mom, Genevieve. “Last summer we would make entire meals using only foods that we grew or raised ourselves. She came up with this recipe because it includes some of her very favorite foods—our own chicken, apples, maple syrup, and veggies that we can usually find in our own garden or the farmer's market. She's been making wraps for a while now and cooks often with both me and her grandmother. She even has her own cookbook with all of the recipes she's learned to make by herself.”
- Miranda Gallagher, Age 8, is the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winner from Vermont.
Posted by Kathryn Duvall, Age 10, on July 13, 2016
“We are a military family who have lived in many states and countries,” says Kathryn’s dad, Elven. “We have a tradition of trying local foods, then making our own versions and giving them memorable names to remind us of our time living there. While stationed at Langley Air Force Base, in Virginia, we visited the Yorktown Battlefield. That hot summer night we were in the mood for something light; this dish was originally made from local ingredients. The best part was brainstorming name ideas and laughing about all the ideas not chosen because they were too silly. Victory at Yorktown came up. Even though it doesn't really describe the wrap, it does remind of us of the day.” Kathryn serves it with a side of fruit salad.
- Kathryn Duvall, Age 10, is the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winner from Virginia.
Posted by Lukas Anderson, Age 10, on July 13, 2016
“I first tasted Kedgeree, a classic British dish with Indian roots, at a friend's house. We couldn't find smoked haddock. My mom thought our local smoked salmon might work. I love kale, which grows like crazy in Washington, so we added it. Washington is also the perfect climate for mushrooms. We added crimini for their woodsy, creamy taste. Instead of the traditional English peas, we used asparagus. I think wonderful and tasty things can happen when cultures mix together. This Northwest take on a British-Indian dish was a hit with my picky 7-year-old sister. My mom was happy to get my little sister to eat more veggies and said the garlic and spices might strengthen our immune systems. I plan to serve this dish with wild blackberries when they are ready to be picked.”
- Lukas Anderson, Age 10, the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winner from Washington
Posted by Elena Sotobashi, Age 8, on July 13, 2016
“My grandfather is Japanese and my family likes to eat sushi. D.I.Y. Sushi has pretty much the same ingredients but everyone gets to make their own rolls. It is good for school lunches because the seaweed is separate and doesn’t get soggy. I like it because it is easy to make and you can choose what you want. In summer we can get the carrots and cucumbers from our garden. It is fun to make.”
- Elena Sotobashi, Age 8, the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winner from Washington D.C.
Posted by Grace Landini, Age 12, on July 13, 2016
“Through our cooking camps and Kids in the Kitchen class, I was inspired to eat well and make healthy food for my own family. We joined Grow Ohio Valley, a group that turns vacant city lots into gardens. Each week my mom and I would pick out our vegetables. It was great to know we were eating really fresh vegetables and helping our community. As a child I always liked when my mom made couscous and this past summer I found out how easy it was to prepare. Now I have a meal that even my picky 7-year-old sister will eat. The dish can be made in less than 20 minutes and is great packed up for lunch the next day.”
- Grace Landini, Age 12, the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winner from West Virginia
Posted by Raya El-Hajjar, Age 8, on July 13, 2016
“In my family we eat a lot of hummus, and lately I wanted to know where hummus comes from. I read an article that said that the main ingredient in hummus is chickpeas. I discovered that chickpeas are really a super food and they are so tasty, too! In the summer, my brother and sister and I love to pick fresh vegetables from our backyard and we make different kinds of salads with them. So, for this salad we used our parsley and red and yellow peppers. Wisconsin is famous for cheese and cranberries. This is an easy, delicious salad that has all the nutrients you need!”
- Raya El-Hajjar, Age 8, the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winner from Wisconsin
Posted by Hannah Andreen, Age 11, on July 13, 2016
“The recipe I am making is very special to my family. When we were kids we would always go to dinner with my Great Grandma and eat this chicken and veggie salad. She has since passed away, so we eat this in remembrance of her. We make this salad for dinner all the time. The reason that I like this salad is because it is a little bit tart. Also, this is healthy because it has sunflower oil and that is healthier than corn oil. It also has a ton of vegetables.”
- Hannah Andreen, Age 11, the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winner from Wyoming
Posted by Catherine Oakar, Associate Director, Let's Move! on June 20, 2016
It’s hard to believe that it’s been exactly one month since First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the keynote address to over 900 stakeholders at the Partnership for a Healthier America’s (PHA) “Building a Healthier Future” Summit.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Director, Let's Move! on June 8, 2016
It’s almost time for this year’s Kids’ “State Dinner!” Today, we announced the 56 young chefs representing each U.S. state, five territories, and the District of Columbia that will be joining First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House on July 14 for the fifth annual Kids' “State Dinner.” The students attending are the winners of this year’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. The winners and a parent or guardian will enjoy a healthy lunch hosted by Mrs. Obama that features a selection of the winning recipes. Following lunch, everyone will head out to the South Lawn to visit the White House Kitchen Garden.