Yes, it is that time of year again! I’ve written about the Healthy Kids State Lunchtime Challenge before, and I think this is one of the best ways to get kids (ages 8-12) excited about experimenting in the kitchen. In this newsletter, I will share with you all the information you need to give it your best shot at participating in this fantastic Let’s Move! contest sponsored by Epicurious, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Department of Agriculture. Having been a lucky attendee alongside my daughter, Elena, in 2012, I can tell you that the experience is truly a life highlight. I will share with you the important links you need, from past winning recipes to information about MyPlate to instructions on how to enter this year. You’ve got until April 5th to submit your recipe, so no time to waste!
The whole point of the contest (not just winning but enjoying the process) is to promote healthy eating among America’s youth. Click on this link to find the link to enter the third Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ State Dinner. The original recipe submitted jointly by a child (ages 8-12) and their parent or guardian must be a lunch recipe that is healthy, affordable, and tasty.
Don’t forget to brush up on your MyPlate knowledge to make sure your recipe represents each of the food groups.
Other resources to help inspire my creativity for this year’s challenge?
- Get inspired by the 2012 winning recipes (PDF)
- Get inspired by the 2013 winning recipes (PDF)
- Find more information on MyPlate guidelines
- See more healthy recipes on the MyPlate Pinterest board
- Gather more ideas and resources from Let’s Move!
Have fun making up some fantastic new recipes in the kitchen. Good luck!
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