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Get Kids Cooking and Enter The #FLKidsCookOff For Great Prizes #sp

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My kids love to help me in the kitchen and as a parent, I want to make sure they are not only learning to cook but also learning about healthy meals.  With three kids, who are very active, and into so many different sports, I try to teach them what they put into their body determines what they get out of it.  Which is why I love the idea of the #FLKidCookOff

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Publix and The Florida Department of Agriculture have teamed up to encourage kids to take part in cooking at home.  Studies show that kids who help out in the kitchen have a higher sense of self-esteem and really take pride in the foods they make and eat.  I have to say from experience, that is true in our family.  My middle son is possibly the worlds pickiest eater, would not try things he had never eaten and gagged at the thought of vegetables.  I started letting him help in the kitchen, and shortly there after he began trying new things and has even found he loves salad (trust me, this is huge for him).  So, I know getting them hands on helps so much!

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So to encourage him and my other children, I am giving them the task, this week, to come up with a healthy snack they could enter into the Student Chef Cook-Off  If you are in Florida, you should encourage your kids to join in!  

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Here’s how to Enter your snack recipe:

Create an original snack recipe. Only original recipes will be accepted. Do not use brand names of ingredients. Recipes must meet the following criteria:

  • Contains at least one fresh fruit or fresh vegetable
  • Has clear directions and makes 4 snack servings
  • Can be prepared in 45 minutes or less
  • Is creative and original in nature
  • Has readily-available ingredients (those that can be purchased at a typical supermarket)
  • Is an original snack recipe that promotes good nutrition/health
  • Entries must be submitted with a photo of a completed serving
  • Limit one entry per region per person
  • The recipe entry must be created solely by a child in 4th–12th grade living in the state of Florida during the 2014–2015 school year

See, super simple!  Those who enter have a chance to win some really cool prizes!

  • Three FIRST PLACE winners (one from each grade category) at each Cook-Off will win a certificate for a Publix Aprons Cooking School class and a $100 gift card to Sports Authority!
  • Three SECOND PLACE winners (one from each grade category) at each Cook-Off will win a certificate for a Publix Aprons Cooking School class and a $75 gift card to Sports Authority!
  • Three THIRD PLACE winners (one from each grade category) at each Cook-Off will win a certificate for a Publix Aprons Cooking School class and a $50 gift card to Sports Authority!
  • All regional cook-off contestants will receive a $50 gift card to help cover their food and transportation costs.

Locations/Dates:

Tampa: Central/West – September 27, 2014
Tallahassee: Northwest – October 11, 2014
Jacksonville: Northeast – October 25, 2014
Miami: South – November 1, 2014
Orlando: Central – November 15, 2014

Each student selected to participate in the cook-off wins a prize! All cook-off contestants will win a free Publix Aprons Cooking School class and a Sports Authority gift card for $50, $75 or first place $100! Not only will winners receive great prizes, they’ll also get the title of their region’s “Student Chef Ambassador” for the school year!

This is such a great way to get kids cooking and hands on, the chance that they have to win prizes is an added benefit.  It only takes a few minutes to enter, but hurry because you don’t want to run out of time!  What would your child make as their entry?

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Toni is a professional lifestyle blogger living on the sunny Florida Gulf Coast. She has a passion for Disney, Travel, Fashion, Cooking, Tech, Family Fun Ideas, Reviews, Giveaways and loves being able to share that with her readers!
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