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First lady Michelle Obama speaks at the annual Building a Healthier Future 2015 summit in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

“Even today, some folks are still arguing that we just can’t afford to serve our kids healthy food, that it’s too expensive,” she said in a reference to new federal requirements that more fresh produce and whole grains be served in schools.

This Feb. 2, 2015 photo shows mashed potatoes flecked with scallions and topped with butter in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

The dish is a relative of the better known colcannon, and both dishes — served as sides to a variety of meat dishes — date back at least several hundred years. But while colcannon adds kale — or sometimes cabbage — to the mashed potatoes, champ uses scallions or leeks

“Taxation on higher sugar- and sodium-containing foods may encourage consumers to reduce consumption and revenues generated could support health promotion efforts,” the committee wrote as part of the recommendations released this week.

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