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MEET OUR CHOPCHOP KIDS ADVISORY BOARD: Lily Rose Stewart

We're excited to introduce our ChopChop Kids Advisory Board (KAB). This group of cool kids was hand selected from kids that applied. They’ll help us to test recipes, think of new ideas for the magazine, and make sure ChopChop gets the kid approval. For the next few weeks we’ll be spotlighting different members of the board. This week, meet Lily.

When she’s not cooking you can find Lily cheerleading, practicing gymnastics, playing softball, and making crafts. We’re excited to have Lily on our board! Learn more about her below.

Name: Lily Rose Stewart 

Location: Michigan

Age and Grade: 10,

Adventures of the Barefoot Chef by Mareesa Ahmad

As a member of the Kids Advisory Board for ChopChop Magazine, I share their mission to inspire and teach kids to cook and eat real food with their families. I have been teaching kids how to cook since the summer of 2014. When people ask me when their child should start learning how to cook, I say it’s never too early to be in the kitchen! Recently, I had Oliver, who is four-years old, come for a cooking lesson. He is my neighbor and I have been babysitting him since he was a few months old.

It was a gloomy, rainy day when Oliver came to the house. I told him there is no better way to spend

MEET OUR CHOPCHOP KIDS ADVISORY BOARD: Mason Partak

We're excited to introduce our ChopChop Kids Advisory Board (KAB). This group of cool kids was hand selected from kids that applied. They’ll help us to test recipes, think of new ideas for the magazine, and make sure ChopChop gets the kid approval. For the next few weeks we’ll be spotlighting different members of the board. This week, meet Mason!

Mason raised $26,052 for his school kitchen when his was in the 3-5th grades. The school now has a culinary sciences lab so kids at Alta Vista Community Charter School get to learn to cook. We think that makes him a really cool kid! Read more about

MEET OUR CHOPCHOP KIDS ADVISORY BOARD: Janie Wilson

We're excited to introduce our ChopChop Kids Advisory Board (KAB). This group of cool kids was hand selected from kids that applied. They’ll help us to test recipes, think of new ideas for the magazine, and make sure ChopChop gets the kid approval. For the next few weeks we’ll be spotlighting different members of the board. This week, meet Janie!

In 2014 Janie won the Uncle Ben’s Rice Ben’s Beginners contest for her Turkey Rice Chili. In 2015 she was on Food Network’s Chopped Junior Season One. (Squid Jerky and Hot Pepper Jelly Beans put her on the Chopping Block). Janie also hosts,

MEET OUR CHOPCHOP KIDS ADVISORY BOARD: Mareesa Ahmad 

We're excited to introduce our ChopChop Kids Advisory Board (KAB). This group of cool kids was hand selected from kids that applied. They’ll help us to test recipes, think of new ideas for the magazine, and make sure ChopChop gets the kid approval. For the next few weeks we’ll be spotlighting different members of the board. This week, meet Mareesa!

Mareesa has her own cooking program called Kids Can Cook where she teaches kids the benefits of healthy cooking. She’s had almost 100 students! Learn more about Mareesa below and find some healthy recipes here to start cooking at home.  

Name: M

The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner”

Last week, ChopChop had the honor of attending the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Kids’ “State Dinner” as a part of her Let’s Move! initiative. Let’s Move! is dedicated to putting children on the path to a healthy future through family education, healthier food in schools, healthy food accessibility, and physical activity.

The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge invites 8 to 12-year-olds across the nation to create healthy, affordable, original, and delicious lunch recipes. Teaching kids to cook is a great way to ensure they learn healthy habits early in life. Research

Most Important Step In Cooking By Janie Wilson

Food Shopping

Let's talk food shopping. Some people say that preparing food is the most important part of cooking, but in my opinion, the meal planning is the most important step in cooking. Everything is based on what you have in the refrigerator and how well you can meal plan. So when entering the endless world of a grocery store, you are well prepared for anything. In order to not get overwhelmed in the delicious world we call a grocery store, you can follow these three easy steps.  

 
Step 1: The plan
When planning to go food shopping, stop and think: “what do I want for dinner this

Meet Our ChopChop Kids Advisory Board: Henry Murphy McFetridge

We're excited to introduce our ChopChop Kids Advisory Board (KAB). This group of cool kids was hand selected from kids that applied. They’ll help us to test recipes, think of new ideas for the magazine, and make sure ChopChop gets the kid approval. For the next few weeks we’ll be spotlighting different members of the board. This week, meet Henry!

Henry programmed a simple video game for ChopChop using the MIT developed program called Scratch. Henry says, “Parents, check it out! Show your little ones how fun it can be to make a salad.” (And then of course, you should make a real salad. Find

Pineapple Palooza by Mareesa Ahmad

Have you ever seen a prickly, spiny pineapple at your local grocery store and wondered where it came from? Do pineapples grow on trees or bushes? I recently had the opportunity to visit a family-run working pineapple plantation in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica. Costa Rica is the number one exporter of pineapple worldwide. Ninety percent of pineapples consumed in the USA come from Costa Rica. It is known for producing one of the sweetest pineapples in the world!

It was a humid day in Sarapiqui as we hopped on the “Ananas Mobile” – a rickety wagon pulled by a tractor. We swayed side to side as we