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Omaha 5th Grader Heading To The White House

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By:  Melina Matthes    
MMatthes@kptm.com

OMAHA (kptm) - Next week an Omaha 5th grader will be heading to the White House.  This after winning a nationwide recipe contest as part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Initiative. 

Now the 10-year-old is showing off her recipe.  Fox 42 learned how to make the new healthy tacos that has the presidential seal of approval.

54 kids including one Omaha fifth grader will attend the state dinner with Michelle Obama.  They’ll get to try all of their creative healthy recipes including the Terrific Turkey Tacos as well as tour the White House Kitchen Garden.  Zienna Peterson said she can’t wait to meet the First Lady.

“I’m going to say…probably…it’s really nice to meet you.”

10-year-old Zienna Peterson and her Terrific Turkey Taco recipe are heading to the White House. 

“I’m just really excited for her; it’s going to be an opportunity of a lifetime for her that she’ll probably almost likely never forget.  It’s obviously the biggest thing that’s happened to her in her life,” father, Donald Lee said.

She along with 53 other children were selected as winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge; a nationwide recipe contest to promote healthy lunches.  Her Terrific Turkey Tacos are made with lean ground turkey and homemade seasoning…

“garlic powder, chili powder, onion powder”

Mixed greens including iceberg lettuce and spinach…

“spinach is healthy for you”

And ensuring she met the contest criteria, half the recipe is fruits and veggies; avocado and tomato inside the shell and grapes and bananas on the outside.

“The fruits and vegetables give you nutrients for your body to stay active and move around and then if you just eat junk then you won’t want to be moving around,” Peterson said.

To finish out the remaining food groups, she tops the taco with low-fat cheese and rolls it up in a whole wheat tortilla. 

“It’s an easy way for a kid to come into the kitchen, make something fast and be able to go back outside and play,” Lee said.

While Zienna loves making healthy recipes at home, she encourages other kids to do so as well.  She hopes more kids from the Omaha area will submit their recipes next spring. 

Zienna and her mom will travel to Washington D.C. next Friday.  The full list of winners and recipes can be found online at recipechallenge.epicurious.com.  Additionally, a free downloadable and printable e-cookbook of the winning recipes, including nutritional analyses and photos, will be available in July at the contest site, epicurious.com, letsmove.gov, USDA.gov, and Ed.gov. 



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