First lady: Kids will ‘eventually’ learn to love my new school lunches

First lady: Kids will ‘eventually’ learn to love my new school lunches

First lady Michelle Obama is “confident” that controversial changes to school lunch programs undertaken after her lobbying will “eventually be embraced by kids.”

In an interview with Cooking Light magazine to mark the fifth anniversary of her Let’s Move initiative, the first lady says that she sees the effort as “generational.” Eventually, Obama argues, schools will be filled with children who never knew meals that did not conform to new nutritional standards.

“We’re really thinking about the kids who are kindergartners today,” Obama said. “If all they know are whole grains and vegetables, by the time they’re graduating from high school, this will be their norm; they won’t know anything different.”

The new rules have not gone over well with all students, who have tweeted out unsavory images of their lunches with the hashtag #thanksmichelleobama.


Lunches are now required to abide by tougher standards on sodium, whole grains, and the inclusion of fruits and vegetables. Snacks sold in school vending machines also be less than 200 calories, have less than 35 percent saturated fat, and have zero grams of trans fat.


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