Rachael Ray Cooks with South Florida Families

The celebrity chef brings family, food and fun together at Jungle Island as part of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival.

By Betty Yu
|  Saturday, Jan 19, 2013  |  Updated 3:11 PM EDT
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Celebrity Chef Rachael Ray pumped up the crowd of kids and parents at Jungle Island's "Fun and Fit as a Family Day."

She started the hour-long cooking demonstration by making turkey tacos with lean ground meat.
 
"That's a great rule as a family, if you all like to cook together to try and add as much color as you can to every meal and then you know you're getting great nutrition," said Ray.

A lucky audience member joined the bubbly talk show host on stage to cook healthy versions of comfort food, like mac and cheese.

The two-day festival event promotes a healthy lifestyle. Even those so-called bad foods can be good for you.

Barilla served up whole wheat pasta tossed in olive oil.  Domino's rolled out a 70-calorie pizza slice.

Kids got active by taking on obstacle courses, enjoyed arts and crafts and got to know the animals on Jungle Island. 

Parents hoped just a sample of healthy foods from a dozen vendors would help kids pick up good eating habits.

Ray even dished out career advice to a 13-year-old fan.

"You will always be employed because people need to eat," she said.

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