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Have you always wanted to break bread at the White House? Well, now is your chance! First Lady Michelle Obama, the Department of Education, the Department of Agriculture and Epicurious have teamed up to launch a nationwide recipe challenge for children with the chance to attend the Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House in August.
In collaboration with Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, the contest, dubbed "The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge," is seeking kids ages 8-12 to submit their favorite (and healthy!) recipes, with each meal including four food group components – fruit, veggies, whole grains, protein and low-fat dairy. Other requirements: the dishes should be nutritious and inexpensive.
"We all want to ensure that our kids are eating nutritious, delicious food at every meal, and as a mom I know that parents are always looking for new ideas to make that happen,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “With parents and kids all across the country getting creative in the kitchen, I know we'll find healthy meals that every family will enjoy.”
Some 56 winners will attend the dinner, which will be hosted by Mrs. Obama and will include a selection of the winning healthy recipes. Those recipes will be chosen by a panel of judges, including White House assistant chef and senior policy adviser for Let’s Move! Sam Kass and a to-be announced celebrity chef.
“Involving our kids in the cooking process makes them more open to trying new and different things -- including healthy foods,” said Kass. “I can’t wait to try the delicious, nutritious meals that kid chefs and their parents from across the country come up with -- it’s going to be hard to pick just one from each state and territory!”
Parents and children can submit their favorite healthy recipes through this Sunday, June 17th online or via mail at: “The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge c/o Epicurious.com,” 1166 Avenue of the Americas, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10036.
To teach your kids more about the food groups, head to ChooseMyPlate.gov.
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