Washington, Sep 14 (ANI): America's First Lady Michelle Obama has confessed her love for French fries and has admitted that her daughters enjoy mac and cheese.
However, at the National Restaurant Association's fall board meeting, she asked restaurateurs to rethink the way they offer food in their eateries and implored them to provide more nutritious choices to both adults and kids.
Since Americans eat a third of their meals in restaurants, Mrs. Obama asked the restaurateurs to add more healthful choices to their menus and provide customers with more information about what they're eating.
"What I do know is that in the restaurant industry, creativity is your lifeblood," the Politico quoted her as at the Hyatt Regency before a packed crowd that included assistant White House chef Sam Kass.
"It's what sets you apart from the competition, and it keeps customers coming back for more. And today I am asking you to use that creativity to rethink the food you offer, especially dishes aimed at young people, and to help us make the healthier choice the easier choice."
Obama told the professional foodies that she would like to see them use that creativity with children's menus as well.
"I'm not asking any of you to make drastic changes to every single one of your recipes or to totally change the way you do business," Obama said.
"But what I am asking is that you consider reformulating your menu in pragmatic and incremental ways to create healthier versions of the foods that we all love."
Obama suggested substituting wheat pasta for white pasta or cutting the amounts of butter and cream in recipes.
"Or you could make healthy sides like apple slices or carrots the default choice in a menu and make fries something customers have to request - which would hurt me deeply," the first lady said to laughter.
"I'm a fry lover," she added. (ANI)