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(Courtesy the White House)
(Courtesy the White House)

First lady Michelle Obama is soliciting a fresh batch of healthy-eating ideas from America’s youth, calling on kids to send in signature snacking suggestions for the second annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids’ State Dinner initiative.

The inaugural Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, which falls under the umbrella of FLOTUS’ ongoing “Let’s Move!” program, culminated in a cookbook composed of 54 chef-approved dishes and a kid-friendly feast hosted by the White House on Aug. 20, 2012. This year’s honorees should expect to be feted at a similar shindig in July or August.

Locals who made the cut for the 2012 challenge — would-be recipe writers must be 8 to 12 years old — include D.C.’s own Iliana Gonzales-Evans, 11, who submitted turkey bacon-filled tacos dubbed “Mexican Delight”; Marylander Samuel Hightower, 10, who made his case for tofu squares sauteed with scallions and sugar snap peas (“Sizzling Tofu”); and Old Dominion resident Madeline Steppel, 9, who pointed to Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner’s creamless asparagus soup contribution to the “Celebrate Virginia Cookbook” as the inspiration for her own fish chowder creation.

Recipes may be submitted online or by snail mail. Send to: The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge c/o, 1166 Avenue of the Americas, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10036 until May 12. Winners will be notified before the end of June.

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