First Lady to Children: ‘Don’t Be Mad’ Over Healthier School Lunches

First lady Michelle Obama said it was “natural” that kids are “grumbling” over new requirements for schools to fill vending machines and lunch lines with healthier food, but that it would not deter her from improving child nutrition.

“Change is hard,” the first lady said in an interview with Channel One. “And the thing about highly processed, sugary, salty food is that you get addicted to it. I don’t want to just settle because it’s hard.”

he first lady said she knew children “are grumbling because they have to make changes,” and said her daughters roll their eyes when she forces them to eat their vegetables.

“But I know that I’m doing it because I’m giving my kids the best that I know I can give them,” Obama said.

The first lady also encouraged children to try “vegetables that have a little flavor, sweetness” to them like broccoli, celery and carrots.

“Don’t be mad because there are changes,” she said. “Figure out why the changes are important, and then find out how you make it work for you.”