In a New Netflix Series, Michelle Obama Launches a Kid's Cooking Show

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama introduces a kid-centric cooking show on Netflix with a global twist and a few puppet allies. 

To a Netflix series, she brings an enthusiasm for promoting healthy food. Debuting on March 16, Waffles + Mochi will star Obama for ten 20-minute episodes alongside a cast of puppets, Sesame Street-style, where other human guests, including renowned chefs, home cooks, teenagers, and celebrities, will join them.

Waffles and Mochi are billed as best friends and aspiring chefs from The Land of Frozen Food, the two eponymous puppet leads. "When these two taste buddies are unexpectedly recruited as a whimsical supermarket's freshest staff, they're primed for a lifetime's culinary adventure," describes Netflix. 

"With the help of friendly new faces like the supermarket owner, Mrs. Michelle Obama, and her magical flying shopping cart guide, Waffles, and Mochi blast off on worldwide ingredient missions, wandering to homes, farms, kitchenettes, and restaurants, all over the world, cooking up recipes with run-of-the-mill ingredients."

The official description goes on"Whether they're picking potatoes in the Andes of Peru, sampling Italian spices, or making Japanese miso, these inquisitive voyagers discover the food wonders and uncover every meal as a chance to make new friends." They continually share that "Waffles + Mochi is an exhilarating incitement to get kids and grown-ups cooking together in the galley and linking to cultures around the globe."

Michelle Obama promotes kids cooking show to Twitter

Moreover, Obama took to Twitter to say that she was "beyond thrilled" about the new show and wrote, "When we discover, prepare, and eat delightful foodstuff from all over the world, I am thrilled for families and children far and wide to join us on our escapades." 

As of this writing, the post received almost 156,000 hearts or likes and got 15,500 congratulatory messages and well wishes from netizens.

The show comes courtesy of the Obamas' Higher Ground production company, which was behind "Becoming," the documentary by Michelle Obama that was also released last year by Netflix. It might also be interesting for the former president's fans to note that Barack is billing alongside his wife as executive producers.

Michelle Obama relentlessly promoted healthy eating during her tenure as First Lady. She planted a vegetable garden at the White House, and she released the book "Let's Move!" Her "American Grown." initiative tackled childhood obesity. She brought necessary attention to the epidemic of childhood obesity rising since the 1980s and will not be addressed by one person in just two presidential terms. Michelle Obama gave the epidemic much more attention and got the ball rolling with various significant measures, such as beginning Let's Go! 2010 and acting as Healthier America Partnership (PHA) honorary chair.

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Her FLOTUS, PHA, and "Let's get started!" worked with businesses to increase access to nutritious foods, such as Walmart, to reduce the price of fruits and vegetables and improve their food's nutritional content. She also managed to improve food labeling through FLOTUS or First Ladies of the United States. Finally, she included "added sugars" on food bottles and other packaging and sought to make calorie labeling simpler on beverages through the American Beverage Association. Other than that, Obama also redesigned school lunch programs and promoted physical activities to schoolchildren.

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