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.

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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.

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    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.