Calling all aspiring kid chefs! As a part of the Let’s Move Campaign, First Lady Michelle Obama is once again hosting the annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge to promote healthy cooking and eating among kids across the nation.
The 5th annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge invites kids to create and submit an original recipe that is healthy, affordable, and—of course—tasty. This year, the Challenge encourages recipes to include local ingredients that are grown in your family’s state or community. Take a look at last year’s winning recipes for inspiration.
All recipes must meet USDA MyPlate guidelines, which means half of the plate should be fruits and veggies. The rest of the plate should be whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy. Check out the MyPlate website for more information.
One winner will be selected from each state, US territory, and the District of Columbia. If your recipe wins, you’ll have a chance to attend the 2016 Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House. Some of the recipes will be served at the dinner for all guests to try!
To summarize, here are the rules:
- Kids must be between the ages 8-12
- Recipes must be submitted in collaboration with a parent or guardian
- Recipes must meet USDA MyPlate nutritional guidelines
- Submissions due April 4, 2016
We’d love for our local Boston community to be represented in this year’s competition! Please let us know on our Facebook page if you and your junior chef submit a recipe. But for now, time to get cooking!
(Image courtesy of PBS.org)