Michelle Obama says she was a “picky eater” who ate peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches for breakfast every day until college.
Obama said she was “kind of a picky eater” while growing up on the Southside of Chicago. She regularly ate peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches for breakfast every day until college.
“It was sort of a compromise that I made with my mother because I thought, well, it’s got peanuts, it’s protein, a little bit of oil,” Obama said. “Nothing’s wrong with bread. If we’re having toast, why can’t I have it in a sandwich form? And jelly. Everybody was having jelly on their toast. Let me just put it on my peanut butter. She gave up. And I literally ate peanut butter and jelly every morning for most of my life, literally until I was in college.”
Obama said she eventually learned to appreciate a more complete breakfast as an adult. She hasn’t had a peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich in years — partly because her daughter, Malia, is allergic to peanuts, and partly because she got tired of eating the same thing every morning.
“You know, I think I kind of OD’d on it,” she said.