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Behind the Scenes: Getting Ready for the Kids' State Dinner

We're all pretty excited to greet 54 amazing young chefs at the White House on Monday, August 20, when First Lady Michelle Obama will host the first-ever Kids' State Dinner. Joining us will be the talented young people (and their parents) whose recipes submitted for the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge most impressed the judges, and best met all the criteria: A healthy, original and affordable lunch that contains the five food groups (fruits, veggies, protein, low-fat dairy, and whole grains). Kids could integrate everything into one recipe, or incorporate some of those food groups into one dish and represent the others as suggested sides, like a whole-wheat wrap with chicken salad, lettuce and shredded carrots, served with skim milk and some strawberries.

Before we could narrow down the more than 1,100 entries to the finalists, however, we needed to test the recipes and make sure they also met the final criteria: Is it tasty? Take a look at the massive challenge our judges faced -- how to choose just one per state? 

Watch the behind the scenes preparation for the first-ever Kids' State Dinner.

Join us here at Let's Move on Monday at 10 am EST as we live-stream the big day, from the arrival ceremony in the White House through the First Lady's remarks to the winners and even the special entertainment. a performance by Big Time Rush