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A contest challenges kids to come up with healthy lunch recipes

May 23, 2012

Want to have dinner with First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House? Enter the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge!

Are you good at preparing healthy meals? Would you like to dine with First Lady Michelle Obama? If you answered yes to both questions, then you should consider entering the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.

The judges will look for recipes that are nutritious and delicious.
The judges will look for recipes that are nutritious and delicious.

The contest invites kids ages 8 to 12 from across the country to come up with lunch recipes that are both nutritious and delicious. More than 50 winners, including one from each state, will be brought to Washington, D.C., to attend a kids’ State Dinner at the White House. What will be served? The winning recipes, of course!

Recipes for Good Health

The First Lady teamed up with the recipe website Epicurious to create the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. The goal is to develop a collection of healthy recipes for kids, by kids. Winning recipes will be available online.

“We all want to ensure that our kids are eating nutritious, delicious food at every meal,” 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.”

A panel of expert judges, including assistant White House chef Sam Kass, will choose the winning recipes. The judges will be on the look out for lunches that are healthy, tasty and affordable. A winning lunch meal should have items from each of the food groups, including fruit, veggies, whole grains, protein and low-fat dairy foods. You could choose to combine them into one recipe or to create a meal that includes a main dish and side dishes. For more tips on preparing healthy meals, visit

To submit your original lunch recipe, go to The deadline is June 17, so get cooking!

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