This is the third of a five part series for Star of the Show from Canadian Lentils. Star of the Show is a contest organized by Canadian Lentils in partnership with Chef Michael Smith. 

Have you ever dreamed of having the lights shine down on you, the director yelling "Action" and being the star of your very own cooking show? Well, if you said "yes," you are definitely not alone. Canadian Lentils decided to give five Canadian food bloggers the chance to live out their dream in beautiful Prince Edward Island in Chef Michael Smith's Test Kitchen! This was truly the chance of a lifetime. Imagine cooking in a professional test kitchen surrounded by a film crew waiting to bring your recipe to life all while working directly with a 9-time cookbook author and host of multiple cooking shows.

Chef Smith sharing tips with Lalitha
Chef Smith sharing tips with Lalitha

Last month, Chef Smith combed through over 50 video submissions from aspiring hosts sharing their love of lentils, their favourite lentil dish and why they'd make for a great Star of the Show. After an exhaustive selection process, Chef Smith selected the five winners and this week those five travelled from all over Canada to PEI to become the Star of the Show!

As a Registered Dietitian, Lalitha Taylor is on a mission to get people eating better but without sacrificing the flavour.  She takes her mission seriously and especially at home with her family. At Taylor Nutrition, Lalitha is starting to share not only tasty recipes but also lots of great life tips to live a balanced life.

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A break in the action to chat with the director.
So when her colleagues at work heard about the Star of the Show call-out, Lalitha decided to share her recipe for Lentil Energy Bites. They are always a big hit at home and the second best thing about them is they don't even need to be baked! The best thing about them is that they are good for you but still pass the kid-test! The bites are loaded with lentils and sweetened with Medjool dates, bananas and a handful of dark chocolate chips so they are the perfect snack for all ages.

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Lentil Energy Bites
Lentil Energy Bites

Lalitha and those bites didn't disappoint in Chef Smith's Test Kitchen today. They were both packed with energy and tons of pizzazz! As a former National Spokesperson for Dietitians of Canada and previous experience in front of the camera, Lalitha took centre stage in the test kitchen and didn't miss a beat! It was obvious that she practices what she preaches. Each ingredient that went into the bowl was clearly explained along with a note as to why it was good for you. It was obvious Lalitha grabs these snacks when training for her next triathlon or hopping on her bike for a long ride!

Lalitha and Chef Smith were all smiles after a great day in-front of the camera!
Lalitha and Chef Smith were all smiles after a great day in-front of the camera!

Check out previous Star of the Show posts

Keep an eye out on social media for lots of behind-the-scenes photos and videos. You can find them by searching for the #LoveLentils hashtag or following @FoodBloggersCA on TwitterInstagramSnapchat and Periscope. Canadian Lentils can be found on Twitter and Instagram and Periscope too!

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