Celebrating Healthy Food Options
According to Merriam Webster, a celebration is doing something special or enjoyable for an important event or occasion. A few days ago, I attended an end of the year celebration for Junior Girl Scout Troop 1546 in Delmar, New York. This event was particularly memorable for the girls because it marked the end of their scouting career which began when they were in kindergarten.
The troop had been learning about healthier food options such as organic products, free range eggs and unrefined sugars. In order to demonstrate their understanding of these options, each Girl Scout was asked to choose a recipe, replace the original ingredients with healthier choices and prepare the revised recipe for café night.
My role was to sample these delicacies and to choose a winning recipe. Let me say that this was not an easy assignment because the creativity that was demonstrated by each and every scout was outstanding.
Here is a list of the recipes that were prepared:
- Organic Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Smoochy Smoothies
- Summer in a Jar Lemonade
- Strawberry Short Cake
- Teddy Bear Beach Cupcakes
- Easy Cheesies
- Cinnamon Buns
- Fudgy Brownies
- No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
Since both treats and beverages were prepared, I decided to choose a winner from both categories. After sampling every treat and questioning each Girl Scout about her choices and substitutions, I want to congratulate the following winners:
Caleigh for her Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Gennavie and Joanna for their Smoochy Smoothies
These recipes were not only delicious but every ingredient in the recipes was a healthy option.
I would like to thank troop leader Michelle Heffernan for the opportunity to participate in this event. Additionally, I want to congratulate the entire Girl Scout troop for a job well done!