Mrs. Obama: Super Bowl Food Indulgence OK

February 9, 2011 - 9:32 AM

Washington (AP) - Michelle Obama concedes that the White House Super Bowl menu of bratwurst, kielbasa, cheeseburgers, deep-dish pizza and Buffalo wings didn't exactly fit with her campaign to get Americans to eat healthy and combat obesity. But the first lady says it's all about balance.

She said in an NBC "Today" show interview Wednesday that "if you have a day like Super Bowl Sunday, the next day, go back to balance" with vegetables and other healthy eating. She says she tells her children, "you can have birthday cake and everything else, have your vegetables and get your exercise."

It's important, Mrs. Obama said, for families not to think they can never indulge. "Life is about good food, at least in America," she says.