For thousands of years, Mexican kids have been eating a healthy diet of native foods: the classic staples of corn and beans with squashes, tomatoes, avocados, peppers, chilies, and chocolate. Today, kids around the world are enjoying these foods at Mexican fast food places. However, Mexican restaurants often load their food with fat and deep fry in lard, which can lead to heart disease. Mexican fast food is often highly processed with chemicals and can cause diarrhea. Authentic Mexican cooking does not need to be high fat to be tasty. At Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill, they offer local organic produce, no lard, and high quality ingredients, hand crafting meals that are beneficial to their customer’s health and to the planet. Kids can use organic vegetable oil instead of lard and bake instead of fry. Mexican food is rich in healthy avocado guacamole, fresh tomato or mango salsa, and delicious chili sauces. The corn tortilla is essential to all Mexican meals, as bread or as part of the main dish. The ancient way to make tortillas is to cook kernels of dried corn in lime water until soft, grind the corn by hand, and shape it into thin corn dough circles. The tortilla is cooked over an open fire on a clay griddle. Kid Chefs can buy masa dough at Mexican grocery stores to prepare delicious fresh tortillas at home. Chilies, like jalapeno, poblano, and Serrano, give Mexican food the special flavor that kids love. One small minced organic red chili pepper, seeded and deveined can give a wonderful flavor to a dish, without excessive heat. Kids can make healthy enchiladas, tacos, tamales, and quesadillas using organic fresh from the garden ingredients.