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Young women cook up recipes for success

Tomatoes, avocados, radishes, onions and more were sliced, diced and simmered by eight local teenage girls from Bonsall Elementary School in Camden, N.J. as part of a nutritious cooking lesson from Campbell’s chefs.

The Mexican-inspired meal was assembled by seventh and eighth grade students who had the opportunity to experience foods like avocado for the first time.

 


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Our chefs divided the girls into four teams—teaching them about what kinds of meat they can find in the store and how to prepare it in a healthier way, how to get proteins in a non-meat diet, the importance of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats from avocados and how using vegetables is a way to get nutrition as well as flavor.

 

This visit was part of the “Healthy Eating is Fun” program through Women of the Dream, a non-profit that works with African-American girls ages 12 to 18 to help them achieve their full potential and lead purposeful, healthy lives.  What started as a research project to understand the factors that led to the success of African-American women from Simmons College stemmed into this mission-driven organization in 2011.

 

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Since that time, Women of the Dream has grown to include programs such as mentoring, having a nutritious diet, building life skills, career development and job readiness for girls in underserved communities.

“The hallmark of our program is exposure for these young women,” says Leslie Morris, founder and CEO of Women of the Dream.  “By just opening the door to new experiences, we are setting them on a path to success.”