Meet Delaney! She LOVES Handstand Kids and cooking! Her favorite recipes are ones that she can be creative with like paninis and smoothies, because she can change the recipes to suit what she has available in the kitchen to use. She can even individualize the recipes to incorporate someone’s favorite ingredients – it’s like art in the kitchen!
Her whole family enjoys cooking, so she has grown up in a creative, healthy and fun cooking environment since birth and loves cooking with her family and friends! Thanksgiving and family dinners are favorite times for her because she can cook right next to her mom, dad, nana, and friends and they all get to learn and help each other.
Delaney also likes encouraging healthy eating! Last year at her elementary school, she created two fun programs for her 4th grade class. First, she made a chart and rewarded her classmates with stars for bringing healthy snacks to school! It was a fun way for her classmates to encourage their parents and each other to pack healthy snacks! The second and most fun program was the “Healthy Choice” program. Each week, a student would take a turn asking the class which is a healthier choice. For example, if you go to McDonalds and have to pick a side menu item to go with your lunch, should you choose French fries or the apple slices? That student would also teach the class why the choices are best and explain calorie counts and nutritional benefits of their choices. Everyone would then get to sample the healthy choice! How fun!
A favorite recipe Delaney would like to share with the other Handstand Kids is her healthy fruit parfait. She loves this recipe because when she has a friend over for a playdate or sleepover, they can make it together and can have it for breakfast, a snack or even dessert! And of course, she loves that she can change the recipe to add different fruits for each person she is cooking for:
Delaney’s Fruit Yumminess
What you need (for 1 serving):
- 1 cup of a variety of your favorite fruit or whatever mom has in the fridge (berries are super yummy)
- 1 cup of your favorite greek yogurt (vanilla or fruit flavored)
- 1 t Agave nectar (the healthier alternative to sugar)
- ¼ t vanilla
- Dash of cinnamon (optional- works best with berries)
Put the fruit in a bowl. Add in the agave nectar, vanilla and cinnamon (optional). Mix thoroughly.
Get a pretty bowl, glass or even a waffle bowl (for dessert) and put half of the yogurt on the bottom, then spoon half the fruit mixture over the top of the yogurt. Repeat with the remaining yogurt and fruit making layers. Sprinkle with nuts or granola if you have some laying around. Enjoy!