Michelle Obama pairs with Pinterest to highlight healthy recipes
February 26th, 2013
01:30 PM ET
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Hungry for healthier meals but don't know where to start? Hundreds of nutritious, delicious recipes - from kid-friendly mains and comforting casseroles to grilled entrees and smarter (but still delicious) desserts - are just a click away.

First lady and Partnership for a Healthier America's honorary chair Michelle Obama announced today that the nonprofit group has paired with social networking site Pinterest to make to make it easier to find healthier recipes online. Media partners from Condé Nast Magazines, Hearst Magazines, Meredith, Food Network and Time Inc. will flag their recipe sites' online recipes that align with the dietary guidelines of the USDA's MyPlate initiative.

“As a mom, I know how challenging it can be to think of new meal ideas that your kids will like and that will be good for them,” said Mrs. Obama in a press release. “This partnership takes the guess work out of finding healthier recipes and gives parents the information and the tools they need to make healthy choices for their families every day.”

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one half of your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables, with whole grains and lean protein on the other half. Low-fat dairy on the side, such as a cup of skim milk or yogurt, is also suggested. MyPlate was designed to remind Americans to adopt healthier eating habits, in a time when more than one-third of children and more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese.

"It's an opportunity for Americans to understand quickly how to have a balanced and nutritious meal," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack when the MyPlate program was initially introduced to replace the longstanding food pyramid. "It's a constant reminder as you look at your own plate whether your portion sizes are right, whether you've got enough fruits and vegetables on that plate."

Mrs. Obama is currently on a multi-state tour to celebrate the third anniversary of her "Let's Move" initiative and told told Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts in an interview that aired today, "More and more chefs, more and more food companies are understanding that they have to find ways to help families do this in a way that's gonna taste good, that kids are gonna like it."

MyPlate recipes on Pinterest

Previously - iReport: MyPlate gets your personal touch

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  1. John

    Agreed with the above post. I will keep updated the same.
    I found a great list of Cooking books at Bookfari. http://www.bookfari.com/Category/9/cooking_courses-and-dishes, they are far cheaper than in store and delivered to home.

    July 17, 2013 at 7:55 am |
  2. DeVonnaJohnson

    Reblogged this on A Conflation of Sorts and commented:
    WOW, awesome!

    March 14, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
  3. i luv dogs

    i agree with Michelle Obama rocks. she totally does rock and be nice to her! how would you feel if someone was talking like that behind your back??? think about it.

    February 28, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
  4. Michelle Obama Rocks

    please be nice because she is actually very healthy and she is the first lady! thx

    February 28, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
  5. Michelle Obama Rocks

    PLease be nice to the first lady because she is a very strong and healthy person. AND SHES THE FIRST LADY! thx :)

    February 28, 2013 at 8:26 pm |
  6. Patrick

    At least she looks pretty good for her age and two kids unlike the majority of US women her age with two kids look like a cheeseburger and a few years later they will look like a triple cheeseburger.... Get off you fat butt, learn how to cook and stop eating dog food. Before moving to the WH she did not have a cook so you can see that she has been eating and exercising correctly all her.ife

    February 28, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
  7. pohakulua

    Easy for her when she has a chef to cook her family meals. Lots of exaggeration I see. I know of very few over 50s with diabetes. a far cry from every other person.

    PE and more physical activity would definitely be the way to go.

    February 28, 2013 at 11:24 am |
  8. boungiorno

    lets try to be positive its the new year and im moving forward with or without you people

    February 27, 2013 at 10:15 pm |
  9. Bellanca

    I waste too much time on Pinterest, and I'm always looking at their health and fitness section. There are a lot of healthy recipes and good ideas on there, but I'd say 25% of what people flag as healthy aren't healthy at all.

    February 27, 2013 at 8:06 pm |
    • Bellanca

      Also, the government guidelines are so influenced by the dairy, meat and grain lobbies its disgusting. A whole foods plant based diet is the healthiest option. If you really can't part from meat and dairy, eat it sparingly.

      And as far as the whole grains go, if they are really processed and full of strange chemicals, it doesn't make it that much healthier than refined grains.

      February 27, 2013 at 8:11 pm |
  10. marcelinethevampirequeen

    Stay out of my kitchen you fascist/ socialist/ Muslim/ communist! I'll eat whatever I want!!!

    February 27, 2013 at 6:34 pm |
  11. 12neecee

    Reblogged this on Seriously Niece?! and commented:
    Yes Michelle!!!

    February 27, 2013 at 9:33 am |
  12. Truth™

    For someone who just loves to tell the rest of us how to eat, she is not exactly a petite woman. Just sayin.

    February 26, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      A person doesn't have to be skin and bones to be strong and healthy. Also just sayin'.

      February 26, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
      • Truth™@Kat

        Excellent point, but there are far better ways to battle childhood obesity than re-engineering the human diet. Think about it: Our generation was raised on school lunches of pizza, hot dogs, cheeseburgers and the like. We were usually fit becausee we actually played outside and had actual recess and gym class periods. I think THAT is where we've missed the boat.

        February 26, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
        • Kat Kinsman

          But that's also where Let's Move fits in. The whole initiative is about instilling smarter eating and physical activity habits to help kids be healthier for life. Lots of stuff on home, school and community levels: http://www.letsmove.gov/get-active

          February 26, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
        • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

          Meh. Seems to me like every other person over the age of 50 has diabetes. I'd like to see the numbers on increased levels, or lack thereof, of new diabetic cases over the course of a specific period of time. Without looking into it at all, I surmise the numbers are jaw dropping.

          February 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
        • VladT

          Short of the jab about the first lady's physical appearance, I agree about the increased funding for free lunches, yet taking away money from gym classes and extracurricular sports.

          February 27, 2013 at 9:38 am |
        • VladT

          phrased that wrong...I meant, I don't agree with all the funding going to make free lunches "healthier," yet gym classes are being cut. Just my two cents

          February 27, 2013 at 9:38 am |
        • Bellanca

          It is very difficult to exercise your way out of an unhealthy diet.

          3 slices of pepperoni pizza at 300 calories per slice = 900 calories.

          It takes 9.5 miles of running for a 150 pound person to burn off 900 calories of food.

          Good luck with that.

          February 27, 2013 at 8:45 pm |
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