Mrs. Obama: Its OK to splurge
Mrs. Obama: Its OK to splurge A youngster gets a hug from first lady Michelle Obama after she read to a group of children during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll
Mrs. Obama: Its OK to splurge
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Michelle Obama said "splurging is the key to life" if you regularly eat right and stay active. Her biggest guilty pleasure: French fries.

"How would you appreciate vegetables if you never had chocolate?" she asked. "You couldn't live without a little chocolate, a little French fries."

The first lady took questions from children reporters Monday after appearing at the White House Easter Egg Roll. She told the children that if they eat right the majority of the time, then a splurge or snack is not going to hurt them.

"I still splurge when I can, but that's why I try to exercise almost every day," she said.

The first lady said she tries to teach her two daughters balance with healthy meals at home, to offset any ice cream or birthday cake they have while out.

Mrs. Obama said her favorite physical activity is tennis, which she tries to do at least once a week. She said her daughter Malia participates in track and tennis too, while Sasha enjoys basketball and dance.

She urged the young scribes who ranged in age from 6 years old to 13 years old to eat balanced meals, drink water and keep moving.

"The more water you drink, the less room you'll have for the junk," Mrs. Obama said.

The children reporters and their parents were part of the 30,000 people visiting the White House for the annual egg roll event.

Critical thinking challenge: How can you eat fries and still eat healthy?

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  • ksnow420
    4/23/2014 - 08:44 a.m.

    You still can eat junk food just very little like here and there. I think Mrs.Obama has a good point just eat a little junk food here and there then you can still maintain a balanced diet or whatever. I also think that exercise is a great idea and of coarse drinking plenty of water so you won't dehydrate.

  • km31purple
    4/23/2014 - 01:02 p.m.

    I think splurging is fine. You just should not eat junk food 24/7. If you eat it a few times a week and you excrecise regularly you can still stay healthy.

  • katieb-Wel
    4/23/2014 - 05:02 p.m.

    You can eat junk food such as French fries as long as you eat mostly healthy foods because the healthy foods cancel out the bad food.

  • LaurenM-1
    4/23/2014 - 05:39 p.m.

    Michelle Obama talked to a group of kids ages 6-13, after the White House Easter Egg Roll. She said it is okay to "splurge" every once in awhile as long as you keep active and usually eat healthy. She says otherwise you would not be able to enjoy vegetables if you do not know what sweets taste like. Her favorite guilty pleasure is French fries. Her favorite sport is tennis and her daughter Malia also participates in tennis. Sasha, her other daughter enjoys basketball and dance. I think it is great the first lady is taking the time to encourage kids to get active and eat healthy, with some guilty pleasures.

  • Sierraf-3
    4/23/2014 - 08:43 p.m.

    This article is about the first lady, Michelle Obama. She says that if you eat healthy usually and exercise often, then it will be okay if you splurge once and a while. She says, "The more water you drink, the less room you'll have for junk." She took questions from the reporters after the White House annual egg roll event. I thought this article was interesting because I didn't know that splurging would be okay once and awhile.

  • senea0627
    4/24/2014 - 11:35 a.m.

    She is a very nice person to tell them kids to eat healthy and she tells them to exercise every day or to try to. And i have a question what the mess is "splurge"?

  • Kiamccoy2001
    4/24/2014 - 01:56 p.m.

    If it's okay to splurge, then maybe we can have a couple splurging days in our school lunches. I disagree on the part where it says if you eat something outside of a health diet that eating healthy will make up for it, because the only thing to make up for it is exercise, since all of your calories just add up.

  • Dylan74727
    4/24/2014 - 01:58 p.m.

    Go ms.obama what you said is what every person should do. Some people don't splurge at all and then some do it to much. The way you said it it's all balanced that what you need for your meals. To live a healthy lifestyle.

  • Skylar0210
    4/24/2014 - 02:26 p.m.

    I believe it's okay to splurge to. You can still be healthy and splurge as long as it doesn't become a usual thing. It depends on how often you do it.

  • jonathank-Wel
    4/24/2014 - 05:50 p.m.

    For one what is does the word splurge mean? And secondly I kinda agree with her. We should all be able to have a good snack every once and a while

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