Michelle Obama’s Personal Fight Against Boxed Macaroni And Cheese

First lady Michelle Obama stands with White House Senior Policy Adviser for Nutrition Policy Sam Kass. The food czar was snubbed from speaking at the School Nutrition Association's convention in Boston.
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Celebrating the fifth anniversary of “Let’s Move!” First Lady Michelle Obama explains to Cooking Light magazine that she had to get empowered in her own household to eliminate processed food.

Part of that experience was her personal fight against boxed macaroni and cheese, which, she admits, her kids loved.

At the time, her chef friend Sam Kass explained that boxed macaroni and cheese wasn’t “real food” and so the family shouldn’t eat it.

“My kids loved the macaroni and cheese in a box,” she explained. “And he said, if it’s not real food then we’re not going to do it.”

She recalled that Kass told her oldest daughter Malia that if she could take a block of cheese and turn it into powder, he would use it for their food.

“She sat there for 30 minutes trying to pulverize a block of cheese into dust. I mean, she was really focused on it, and it just didn’t work, so she had to give up,” she said. “And from then on, we stopped eating macaroni and cheese out of a box, because cheese dust is not food, as was the moral of that story.”


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