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Let's Move Visit To The White House & Recipe For Rainbow Salad

I still cannot believe that I visited THE WHITE HOUSE this past Tuesday. Who would have thought starting a blog six years ago would give me such an incredible opportunity?

Together with about 150 bloggers and social media mavens, I attended a #LetsMove event at The White House where I learned about the program started by Michelle Obama, watched The White House Executive Chef Cris Comerfod demonstrate a quick and nutritious Must Have Tuscan Kale Salad To Go and listened to remarks by Dominique Dawes, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, and other women from the USDA passionate about health and fitness of today's youth.

Although I'm not a mother, trying to eat healthier and increasing my physical activity is something that has been on my mind for years. In fact, recently I started seeing a weight management specialist. No drastic changes so far, but I'm trying to be more mindful of what/when/why I eat, taking stairs instead of elevator, and trying to do something active while watching Bravo and Food Network. Of course, there are always walks around my neighborhood and Friday salsa dancing nights.

During the visit, I marveled at the beautiful library (see more photos on my instagram), stunning flower arrangements, pretty wallpaper in the bathroom and massive chandeliers. I also had a chance to visit White House Kitchen Garden. Look at the green cabbage! It'd perfect for today's St. Patrick's Day!

Here are a few major points from the Let's Move! campaign:

  • 1.6 million kids attend healthier daycare centers
  • 2 million kids now have a Let’s Move! Salad Bar in their school
  • Over 10 million kids attend Let’s Move! Active Schools where they strive to get 60 minutes of physical activity each day
  • Over 30 million kids have access to healthier school meals
  • Nearly 80 million people live in a Let’s Move! City, Town, or County
  • 200 corporate partners have made commitments for a healthier America

Let's move to a healthier future!!

Last night I was inspired to create a healthy dinner with many flavors, colors and textures. 

Rainbow Salad
1 small red cabbage, thinly sliced
1 endive, thinly sliced
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
2 scallions, thinly sliced
14.5 ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained {or use any other beans you like}
1 cup diced fresh pineapple
to season: toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar

Combine the vegetables, beans and pineapple in a large bowl and drizzle with toasted sesame oil, say sauce and rice vinegar to taste.

I served the salad with a boneless pork chop.

Make sure to check out Let's Move! website for more information, motivation, and ways you can improve your health and health of your children.

Special thanks to SheKnows for including me in this event!