Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Michelle Obama: Healthy Eating is On the Menu

If you walked into a soup kitchen, First Lady Michelle Obama is probably the last person you would expect to see there. Well, that's exactly what happened earlier this month in Washington, DC. Oh, and did I mention that she was actually serving the food? Yep, and there were fruits and veggies on every plate.

You see, First Lady Obama has made it no secret that healthy eating is one of the highest priorities on her agenda. To further send this message home, she donated her time to some of the neediest people in the community. Mrs. Obama feels that everyone should have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and for good reason! She has also pointed out, quite correctly, that incorporating fruits and veggies into meals and snacks are a great way to "keep the calories down but the flavours up". In addition, she is weary of serving her daughters sugar- and calorie-laden snacks such as juice boxes, sweets and processed foods, opting instead for fresh, local produce whenever possible.

Before you start to worry that the only way to look like Michelle is to eat like a rabbit, keep in mind that some of her favourite treats are grits, waffles and the occasional burger, fries, and cola. Bottom line: you can definitely enjoy "unhealthy" food once in a while as long as you make smart, healthy choices the rest of the time!