Michelle Obama makes salad in Milan in home-cooking campaign

Michelle Obama makes salad in Milan in home-cooking campaign

Michelle Obama makes salad in Milan in home-cooking campaign

Written by Staff Writer

18 Jun, 2015 | 9:34 am

First lady Michelle Obama chopped parsley and pine nuts for a salad with 20 school children in Milan on Wednesday to spread her message: Make more home-cooked meals, and you will be healthier.

Flanked by American celebrity chefs John Besh and Mario Batali, Obama showed students from the American School of Milan how to cook, as part of her “Let’s Move” initiative aimed at boosting nutrition and combating obesity among children. Obama is due to visit Milan’s nutrition-themed Expo 2015 world’s fair on Thursday, with an entourage including former basketball star Alonzo Mourning and cutting-edge urban farmer Will Allen.

She stated obesity has doubled globally since 1980.

Her husband Barrack Obama told the group of 11- to 14-year-olds sporting white aprons they made especially for the visit that if a person cooks it would allow him to take a lot of control over what he eats as he can control the portions.

Obama recalled how in her pre-White House days she rushed her daughters Sasha and Malia between activities, with no time to eat properly. Eventually, a pediatrician told her to slow down.

Living at the White House, Obama never cooks, but she urged families to spend time together at the dinner table, saying her husband, President Barack Obama, stops at 6:30 p.m. every day to sit down with his family.

Obama, her teenage daughters and her mother Marian Robinson also met Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife and daughter. They viewed Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” a 15th-century mural that depicts the final meal Jesus shared with his apostles before his crucifixion.

The salad, which also included lentils, quinoa and fregula – a Sardinian pasta similar to couscous – did not fill the bellies of all the children.

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