Michelle Obama’s campaign to end childhood obesity has made national headlines. So has the First Family’s affinity for junk food. They’ve been photographed eating everything from ice cream to chili dogs. The press, it seems, can’t get enough of the Obamas’ eating habits. Despite preaching fresh garden goodness, it’s well known that the president’s favorite food is fried chicken and that Mrs. Obama isn’t above sampling the occasional burger and fries. So just how is one to reconcile these two very different types of eating habits?
When we dug a little further, we realized that Obama was most often photographed eating junk food on the campaign trail. This contrasts sharply with his “private” eating habits in the White House. In all likelihood, he ate all those donuts, cheeseburgers, and pork chops (his favorites are brined in cinnamon, salt, and sugar) because he was trying to connect with the average Joe. Since being elected and re-elected, however, he isn’t shy about chowing down on some arugula.
Aside from his desire to be photographed eating snow cones, the president does indeed appear to have a healthy approach to meal planning overall. He prefers water to soda and Dijon mustard instead of fattening mayonnaise. While Obama isn’t a big fan of asparagus, he will eat it in a pinch if his favorite veggies (broccoli and spinach) aren’t available.
In the past, Barack Obama has admitted to cooking omelets for his family. This is an admirable breakfast choice, particularly if it’s made with veggies like spinach and mushrooms, and paired with a slice of whole grain toast. And instead of buttering your toast, try an avocado spread.
Barack Obama often reaches for a roasted peanut protein bar between meals to curb his hunger. Healthier snacks that he’s been photographed with include an array of fresh fruits like grapes, bananas, and oranges, as well as a platter of cheese and crackers (presumably whole grain) with pear slices.
When Barack Obama has a craving for comfort food, he might eat chili dogs for lunch. Otherwise, he’ll likely reach for some healthier fare like tilapia and veggies. For dinner, Obama might eat salmon or he might make chili. Fortunately, Obama’s chili recipe appears to call for ground turkey as a substitute for ground beef. It also includes kidney beans, a lean source of protein, and a green bell pepper. We’d recommend using a red pepper instead for a greater amount of antioxidants. We’d also recommend adding some barley—this diet is in dire need of some heart-healthy whole grains!
Barack Obama is well known as a sports buff. He particularly enjoys playing basketball. Obama tries to work out at least six days per week for at least 45 minutes. He alternates doing weightlifting with cardio routines.
Barack Obama Sample Daily Diet Plan
- Breakfast: Omelet
- Snack: Fresh fruit
- Lunch: Tilapia & broccoli
- Dinner: Turkey chili