Laurie Hernandez Talks Importance Of Protein Foods, Plus How To Win Breakfast With Her

Laurie Hernandez
Laurie Hernandez spoke with Latin Times about how high-quality protein foods, like eggs, can play a positive role in a kid’s day this back to school season. Plus how you could win a school breakfast party with her. Photo: Getty Images

If breakfasts at Tiffany’s sounds like a fancy experience, a breakfast with U.S gymnastic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez, is an unforgettable, powerful, and one of a kind moment your child can live.

The American Egg Board (AEB) has teamed up Hernandez to inform parents and kids about how  high-quality protein foods, like eggs, can fuel students to perform their best and play a positive role in a kid’s day this back to school season.

Latin Times spoke with Laurie about the “You’re Incredible Because…” campaign and contest, that recognizes kids who engage in good social projects in their schools and communities, excelling in sports or extra-curricular activities, raising money for those in need and more.

“Being an athlete you have to make sure you are eating all the right things and having all the proteins so you can be ready for the day,” said Hernandez. “Eggs is one of the things that I have for breakfast and I think that’s important to share with everyone.”

“Eggs have six grams of protein, so as an athlete egg is my number one source,” tells Laurie. “My mom taught me that since I was little, so I think that was the first thing I learned to cook for breakfast,” remembers the athlete.

Hernandez also said all the amazing and nutritional benefits that can be found in eggs, without forgetting to mention how eggs can improve mental health in kids, which will be necessary to improve test scores and grades.

The U.S Olympic champion invited to all the parents or guardians to be part of the nationwide contest that consists in the search for the country’s most incredible kids. “ To enter the contest, parents can submit a photo or video of the incredible kid to their personal Twitter or Instagram, as well as the Incredible Egg Facebook page with a brief caption explaining what makes this child incredible,” explains Hernandez. “They can submit their posts using the hashtags #IncredibleBecause and #Contest,” she added.

All the contest entries are eligible for the grand prize and weekly prizes. “Weekly winners are going to get US$500, baskets and after few weeks there’s going to be a winner who would get a US$2,500 scholarship,” Hernandez told Latin Times.

Laurie also announced that she will be hosting a breakfast party for the winners, and assures that “it's going to be a lot of fun.” Those incredible kids selected for the grand prize will receive a school breakfast party with Laurie Hernandez and an all-expenses-paid trip to Chicago to be honored by the American Egg Board.

The youngest winner of "Dancing with the Stars," also said that her favorite back-to-school meal is something she loves to cook with her mom, Mrs. Wanda Hernandez. “My mom and I actually learned how to do this things called ‘egg pops’ and you basically can take carrots, and celery… but taste better with carrots,” the 16-year-old star says. “You just stick it on top of the egg and then add hummus or cucumbers, and peppers and all my friends started doing that afterwards.”

Veggie Egg Pops Laurie Hernandez favorite snack! Photo: Incredible Egg

From breakfast, lunch, dinner and after-school or activity snacks, the possibilities are endless for delicious and nutritious recipes.  Here are a few favorite back-to-school season recipes families can try:

  1. Microwave Coffee Cup Scramble: Microwave coffee cups are mess-free and as simple as dropping your ingredients into a mug and pressing start on your morning.
  2. Veggie Egg Pops: Quick and easy to prepare, egg pops are the perfect after-school snack. Simply hard boil eggs, insert a veggie stick and dust with savory spices and sauces for a burst of flavor.
  3. Tex-Mex Egg Sheet Pan Dinner: The egg sheet is a one-pan dish that packs your favorite ingredients into one delicious and easy-to-clean dinner.

Laurie took the opportunity to send a message to all the kids that look up to her and are getting ready to go back to class. “Be confident, and go with an open mind,” said Hernandez to Latin Times. “Sometimes kids can look at the upcoming school year as something stressful or in a negative way, and hopefully we can change that, teach them that school is a positive thing and education is good.”

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Shirley Gomez has been exposed to many aspects of the art world. Besides being a Fashion Journalist, she studied Fashion Styling and Fashion Styling for Men at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Interior Design at UNIBE and Fashion Design at ITSMJ Fashion School in the Dominican Republic. She worked as a Fashion Journalist, Fashion Stylist and Social Media Manager at one of the most recognized magazines in the Dominican Republic, Oh! Magazine, as an occasional Entertainment Journalist, of the prestigious newspaper “Listín Diario”, as well as a fashion collaborator of a radio show aired in 100.9 FM SuperQ. When Shirley is not writing you can find her listening Demi Lovato or Beyonce's songs, decorating her apartment or watching Family Feud.