Can the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program take you all the way to the White House?
Just ask eight-year-old Braxton Young, whose quinoa-crusted spinach tofu pie was one of the winning recipes in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge contest thrown by the White House.
In July, Braxton flew to Washington to attend a lunch hosted by Michelle Obama, which honoured him and his fellow healthy chefs from across the United States. Way to go, Braxton!
Braxton learned his culinary prowess from his mom Kim, who was one of our scholarship recipients in the Fall 2014 CNE program. Kim joined the Culinary Nutrition Expert program to heal both herself and her family with delicious food.
The combination of Kim working with her son, practicing her knowledge from the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program, and doing one-on-one consulting with our own Fundamentals of Nutrition instructor, clinical nutritionist Josh Gitalis, helped Braxton heal his digestive problems, seizures, Tourette’s and insomnia. Once his health issues were resolved, Braxton got to work in the kitchen. He created his recipe for the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and won!
This photo of Braxton meeting President Barack Obama melted our hearts. This is awesome!
Kim is one proud momma.
“To see Braxton step into the White House as a healed, empowered, amazing 8-year-old leader who shared his story with the media, President Obama, Michelle Obama, and other kid leaders was absolutely amazing,” she says. “The experience at the White House was one of the proudest moments I’ve had as a mom. Not only because we were able to meet the President and First Lady, but because I watched my son be recognized for becoming a healthy food leader.”
When we asked Braxton what it was like to meet the president, he said: “It was great. He was nice, tall and looked like me.”
Braxton’s winning recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, kid-friendly, full of health-promoting ingredients and absolutely delicious. For more recipes from all of the young foodies, you can download the free Healthy Lunch Challenge e-cookbook.
And now, we’ll turn it over to Braxton to tell you about his recipe:
“This recipe is delicious and has my two favorite vegetables: carrots and spinach. I created it for kids like me who are allergic to dairy, nuts and gluten. But, even if you don’t have an allergy, you’ll love it too!
I started cooking with my mom when I was two. But, then I stopped cooking because food started to make my stomach hurt. Last year we met Dr. Josh who helped me realize I was allergic to gluten. I used to have seizures and bad asthma, but now that I’m not eating gluten, my seizures and asthma are gone. Now I love to cook and eat healthy food. A lot of other kids don’t eat very healthy lunches in my school and unless I have smelly eggs in my lunchbox, they want my healthy food.”Print