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Updated: 2/16/2014 12:35 am
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)-- Healthy eating took center stage as Boys Scouts from across North Mississippi put their cooking skills to the test while working to earn their nutrition belt loop.

“Making spaghetti might be my favorite thing to do,” said 8 year old Boy Scout Ethan.

The healthy spaghetti was packed with veggies like zucchini, onions and red bell peppers.

All chopped by the scouts themselves.

“We have to make it fun,” said High Flying Kid Motivator Kim Burleson.

For many, Saturday was an opportunity to flex their first time cooking muscles and try a food group several of the scouts were not a fan of … before now.

"Well I thought that maybe vegetables could be a good change for me ,” said Ethan.

Burleson says their goal is to help children make simple changes, for example, eating whole grain pasta instead of white pasta- a small change that can make a lasting impact.

“If they can learn healthy eating now, while they are young, they can set a pattern for healthy lifestyles,” said Burleson.

Scouts also learned about the 5 food groups and made posters they’ll share with their den.

But at least one scout says he plans on sharing the recipe with his family in the near future…

“I already explained that to my mom and my brother,” said Ethan.
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