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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

'Healthy Lunchtime Challenge' Winners Announced

First Lady Michelle Obama, Epicurious, the Department of Education, and the Department of Agriculture announced the winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe challenge to promote healthy lunches as part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative.  Winners representing all U.S. states, three territories, and the District of Columbia will attend a Kids' “State Dinner” at the White House hosted by Mrs. Obama on July 18.  The 54 children will join the First Lady for a healthy lunch, featuring a selection of the winning recipes, followed by a visit to the White House Kitchen Garden. 

2013 Winners

“I am looking forward to hosting the winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge here at the White House for the third annual Kids’ ‘State Dinner,’” said First Lady Michelle Obama.  “This event gives us the opportunity to showcase healthy creations from talented kid chefs from across our country, and I can’t wait to see—and taste—this year’s selections.”

[Even this guy can burn in the kitchen]

For the third consecutive year, the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids' "State Dinner" invited a parent or guardian to work with their child ages 8-12 to create a lunchtime recipe that is healthy, affordable, original, and delicious.  In support of Let’s Move!,launched by the First Lady to help address the problem of childhood obesity, each recipe adhered to the guidance that supports USDA’s MyPlate (at to ensure that the criteria of a healthy meal were met.  Entries had to represent each of the food groups, either in one dish or as parts of a lunch meal, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy foods, with fruits and vegetables making up roughly half the plate or recipe.

This week Mrs. Obama will join local students and school nutrition directors from across the country to harvest the summer crop from the White House Kitchen Garden.

In 2009, the first lady planted a vegetable garden on the South Lawn to initiate a national conversation around the health and well being of our nation—a conversation that evolved into her Let’s Move! initiative. 

The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, originated by Epicurious to also promote healthy eating among America’s youth, received more than 1,500 entries this year featuring wholesome, tasty ingredients, including salmon, black beans, and ground turkey.  

This year's entrants and recipes will available in July.  

Check out for more information.

2014 Local Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winners:  

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIAHealthy Grains, Squash, Apples, Sausage, & Kale, Maxwell Lynch, 10

VIRGINIA: Chia Chicken Pitas, Sophie Haga, 12

MARYLAND: Chesapeake Fish Tacos, Lemon-Basil Sorbet, Esther Matheny, 10

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