Tuesday, February 26, 2013

First Family's Munch Madness: President Obama Creates "Food Bracketology" Game

"Sweet 16" has a whole new meaning: Bacon vs. Pie...
Known for his devotion to issuing his annual picks for the NCAA bracket, President Obama has created a game for the First Family that was inspired by his love of hoops.  That's the word from First Lady Michelle Obama, who revealed the President's "Food Bracketoloy" in an interview about healthy eating published on Tuesday.  She said the Eater in Chief created the game over Christmas while spending time with extended family and friends, including loads of kids.  It led to what has to be (groaningly) dubbed Munch Madness.  (Above, the President filling out his 2012 NCAA bracket)

“Over Christmas we did a bracketing of foods — ‘food bracketology.’ This was the President’s idea, and he’s quite pleased with it — like March Madness," Mrs. Obama told Food Network's Healthy Eats blog.

"We were with a bunch of other families, and this was an evening activity where the fathers bracketed foods — like what would be the winner. And you’d have the top brackets — so you had your pizza and your fried chicken, but you had sushi and you had vegetables — broccoli, kale, salads."

It was a fierce battle, with everyone getting a vote, Mrs. Obama said.

"The foods would go head to head. Bacon against pie, right? Everybody had to vote, and the kids could make an argument. You could make one argument per category when they got down to the final eight."

"This was an intense conversation," Mrs. Obama added.  "We were surprised at many of the kids, how many vegetables stayed in for a long time. They got to the top eight — beyond the Sweet 16.”

The interview was in concert with Mrs. Obama's announcement on Tuesday that Food Network and  four other media giants and Pinterest.com have joined the Let's Move! campaign with a new collaboration to encourage healthier cooking, the "MyPlate Recipe Partnership." The companies agreed to flag recipes on 18 popular cooking websites that meet USDA's nutritional guidelines.  DETAILS HERE.

Mrs. Obama on Wednesday kicks off a three-state tour to celebrate the third anniversary of the Let's Move! campaign.  Her interview with Food Network included healthy eating tips for families.

*Photo courtesy of ESPN