President Obama is a busy man, no doubt. Between acting as father-in-chief, husband-in-chief and commander-in-chief simultaneously, he still manages to find time for himself.
A new report from The New York Times depicted a snapshot of the U.S. leader’s life at home, after a dinner with the First Lady and his two little ladies, daughters Malia and Sasha. The long days and nights he works suits him somewhat, a self-proclaimed ‘night guy’ spending hours in the Treaty Room of the White House.
You’ll likely catch him reading, writing, playing with Words with Friends, or watching sports. If he’s staying up late working on speeches or reading briefings, however, he won’t be caught with a mug of coffee or tea.
Obama actually avoids all caffeine and junk food. He opts for water over soda, in addition to keeping clear of the popular breakfast beverages.
What does he prefer as a snack, to go along with all those good habits?
The President prefers seven, lightly-salted almonds.
“Michelle and I would always joke: Not six. Not eight,” said Sam Kass, the Obamas’ personal chef until 2014. “Always seven almonds.”
While there’s nothing to support the very specific number of nuts Obama chooses as a go-to snack, the health benefits of almonds are unquestioned. They’re plentiful in monounsaturated fats – the good kind of fat – which assists the body in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels.
Almonds are also a strong source of vitamin E (an efficient antioxidant), which helps with the creeping cognitive decline that unavoidably comes with age.
With healthy habits like his strict almond limit, Obama looks fit enough to run the country for another couple of terms, if he was allowed to.