Michelle Obama is continuing her work towards integrating healthier lunches for kids into American homes. The First Lady held her fifth annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids' State Dinner on Thursday at the White House, and the lunch menu featured an array of completely adorable and healthy options.
The mom-of-two challenged kids, ages 8 to 12, around the country to work with their parents to come up with all-new recipes that were delicious, healthy, affordable, and nutritious. Bonus points were awarded for using local ingredients. Out of 1200 applicants, 56 talented chefs and their families were invited to the White House to partake in the delicious lunch spread. A recipe winner from each state, territory, and the District attended the event.
This competition is part of the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative, which is focused on raising healthier kids.
In a speech at the event, Mrs. Obama said, "We wanted to help kids and families across this country see how easy and fun it can be to get back to spending time in the kitchen and cooking real food."
A virtual cookbook with all the recipes can be found online here. Congrats to all of the junior chefs!