Michelle Obama official portrait

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Michelle Obama’s Lunch Habits Are Super Relatable

Michelle Obama packs her lunch every day like a regular person
Michelle Obama official portrait

Wikimedia/Chuck Kennedy

Michelle Obama packs a healthful lunch to take to work every day like a normal person, and this chili recipe is one of her favorites.

Michelle Obama is just the kind of super-together person who packs a lunch from home every day. That may not have been her habit while living in the White House, but now that the former First Lady is working out of her new offices in Washington, she’s back to packing healthful food from home like a totally normal person.

According to People, Michelle Obama enjoys the increased personal freedom involved in not living in the tightly controlled White House environment anymore. She is able to go to Soul Cycle classes at a regular studio near her office, and she enjoys packing her own lunches from home and carrying them to work “in an insulated bag.” She also enjoys eating lunch with her coworkers and using the time to unwind and catch up on cute viral videos, which sounds like a pretty enjoyable way to spend a lunch break.

One of Michelle Obama’s favorite lunches is turkey chili, which is an old favorite of hers and former president Barack Obama.

The Obamas have been making the same turkey chili recipe since college, and the same recipe they use is available here so everyone can make it.


According to Refinery29, President Obama once described their chili recipe as having “the right amount of oomph and it will clear your sinuses.” The recipe does involve a tablespoon of chili powder, so it will probably appeal to those who can handle a lot of spice in their food.