Heart Smart Cooking with Karly

15 Jul

Remember when you were a kid and adults tried to tell you something was cool? You would smile and nod, but you were never quite sure it was REALLY cool until you checked with your friends.

Meet our newest volunteer, Karly. She’s 11 years old and loves to teach other kids about healthy cooking and eating. Check out her tips and tricks for making healthy meals and heart smart choices.

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Hi, my name is Karly.  I’m 11 years old and I want to teach kids younger than me, my age, older than me (and maybe some parents and grandparents) that healthy eating and cooking is good for you and can also be fun to do too!

One day, I was watching the news with my parent’s and the story was about obesity and children. We were very surprised about how high the United States childhood obesity statistics are!  It’s very sad, but families are very busy so sometimes it’s just easier to stop and get chicken nuggets and French fries.  My family is busy too.  But, we have always tried to make good food choices.  Instead of French fries, we try a small garden salad.  Another fun thing to do is on Sundays get in the kitchen with your family and make meals for the week.  It’s fun to help and makes it a lot easier to eat right throughout the week.

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Gardening is a great thing to do.  My whole family loves to garden.  There is nothing better than growing your own vegetables or fruit and using them in your dishes.  We love to eat our own tomatoes.  They are wonderful, they are so much better than store bought tomatoes.  My mom has her own herb garden so, when she needs a certain spice she just goes in our backyard to get it.

Here’s one of our family-favorite recipes – that you can grow in your garden as well – and it’s easy, too!

Karly’s Favorite Salsa recipe


  • Tomatoes from the garden
  • onion
  • peppers
  • 1Tbls. cilantro
  • 2 tsps. lime juice
  • salt to taste

Place all ingredients in a food processor and puree.  Or chop them up super fine for a more crunchy salsa!

Serve with baked tortilla chips or veggies.


Salsa High Res


Click here for Karly’s full article



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