Barack Obama hates trail mix with M&Ms and only eats salad in an emergency

  • Barack Obama loves ranch dressing and cannot resist a plate of nachos
  • But he can't stand trail mix with M&Ms and tries to avoid fast and fried food
  • The President's tastes were revealed by his former aide Reggie Love 
  • He once forgot Obama's taquitos when out campaigning, infuriating him
  • Obama confessed he eats nachos until 'guacamole comes out of my eyes'

By Ollie Gillman For Dailymail.com

Published: 19:39 EST, 1 January 2016 | Updated: 22:00 EST, 1 January 2016

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As President of the United States, Barack Obama has access to pretty much any food he wants. 

But it seems the commander-in-chief has but a few dishes he likes to eat while he is on the go - and none of them contain mayonnaise or M&Ms.

Reggie Love, who was at Obama's side during his 2007 campaign, revealed that the President is a big fan of ranch dressing, but otherwise tries to eat a nutritional dinner.

But despite his wife Michelle being a campaigner for healthy food, Obama said he eats nachos until he has 'guacamole coming out of his eyeballs'.

Picky eater: President Obama (pictured eating a bratwurst in Milwaukee in 2012) is very particular when it comes to what he eats, according to a former aide

Picky eater: President Obama (pictured eating a bratwurst in Milwaukee in 2012) is very particular when it comes to what he eats, according to a former aide

The President (pictured eating nachos in Pennsylvania in 2008) confessed to loving nachos so much that he eats them until he has 'guacamole coming out of my eyeballs'

The President (pictured eating nachos in Pennsylvania in 2008) confessed to loving nachos so much that he eats them until he has 'guacamole coming out of my eyeballs'

Hungry: President Obama enjoys a candy bar in a limousine in Dresden, Germany, in 2009

Hungry: President Obama enjoys a candy bar in a limousine in Dresden, Germany, in 2009

The President (pictured eating a hot dog in Ohio in 2012) was said to become furious when Love forgot to save him his taquitos

The President (pictured eating a hot dog in Ohio in 2012) was said to become furious when Love forgot to save him his taquitos

U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden place a donut order at Gingerbread House Bakery in Kokomo, Indiana, in 2010

U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden place a donut order at Gingerbread House Bakery in Kokomo, Indiana, in 2010

President Obama is known to be a fan of shaved ice and enjoys it on each of his annual visits to Hawaii, as well as in this photograph in Iowa in 2012

President Obama is known to be a fan of shaved ice and enjoys it on each of his annual visits to Hawaii, as well as in this photograph in Iowa in 2012

In Love's memoir, Power Forward: My Presidential Education, he revealed that some of his worst moments as the then-senator's assistant were when he got his food order wrong.

Love spoke of Obama's fury when he forgot to save the candidate a meal while he was on the campaign trail.

He wrote: '"You got my taquitos, Reggie?" he inquired wearily. "I left the taquitos at the venue, sir, I assumed you wouldn't want them; they were three hours old," I confessed. Obama looked at me with blank disbelief.'

Obama tried to stay healthy while he was touring the country, choosing to eat apples, sandwiches, grilled fish and chicken.

He also ate salad if he had to, but only with ranch or vinaigrette and would avoid doing so if he could because it is not an easy food to eat in a car. 

The President is also remarkably picky when it comes to food, despising mayonnaise and refusing to eat trail mix with M&Ms.

Obama (pictured serving burgers with British Prime Minister David Cameron) likes to eat apples, sandwiches, grilled fish and chicken

Obama (pictured serving burgers with British Prime Minister David Cameron) likes to eat apples, sandwiches, grilled fish and chicken

Pigging out: Obama tried to stay healthy while on the campaign trail, but appeared to be enjoying a hot dog with David Cameron at a basketball game in Ohio in 2012

Pigging out: Obama tried to stay healthy while on the campaign trail, but appeared to be enjoying a hot dog with David Cameron at a basketball game in Ohio in 2012

The President (pictured trying pretzels in Germany) is apparently remarkably picky, despising mayonnaise

The President (pictured trying pretzels in Germany) is apparently remarkably picky, despising mayonnaise

Obama also cannot stand M&Ms with trail mix and goes out of his way to pick the candy out, Love said

Obama also cannot stand M&Ms with trail mix and goes out of his way to pick the candy out, Love said

Fishy: Obama eats a locally-caught shrimp during a meeting with locals in Grand Isle, Louisiana in 2010

Fishy: Obama eats a locally-caught shrimp during a meeting with locals in Grand Isle, Louisiana in 2010

The book also mentions that the President (seen grabbing lunch in Wisconsin in 2008) is not keen on energy bars containing fruit, anything battered or fried, soda, coffee and fast food

The book also mentions that the President (seen grabbing lunch in Wisconsin in 2008) is not keen on energy bars containing fruit, anything battered or fried, soda, coffee and fast food

'There were days when he specifically wanted X,' Love wrote. 'And Lord help me if he'd made his mind up about what he wanted and I delivered the wrong thing. Or if it came with mayo. Or was undercooked. Or soggy. If there was one thing you didn't want to watch, it was the time-pressed candidate scraping a gooey, loathed condiment off the only food he was going to eat for the next seven hours.'

'Sometimes he'd mutter, "This was the thirty minutes I had to myself, and now I can't even enjoy my meal".'

Love's biggest mistake was when he got Obama the wrong snack on a flight from Washington DC to New York, offering him a bag of trail mix.

'The senator opened the bag of trail mix I'd bought and proceeded to pick out every M&M, holding them all in his palm like pieces of candy-coated toxic waste,' Love wrote.

'"I'm not going to eat these," he said while pushing his hand in my general direction. "Do you want them?" he asked, wrinkling his nose. 

"No thank you, sir," I answered, then made the first of what would be thousands of notes to self: No candy with the trail mix.' 

President Obama eats ribs at Kenny's BBQ  in Washington in 2012 with Army 1st Lt Bill Edwards

President Obama eats ribs at Kenny's BBQ in Washington in 2012 with Army 1st Lt Bill Edwards

Obama stands next to celebrity chef Bobby Flay at the grill as he hosts a barbeque for local school students on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington in 2009

Obama stands next to celebrity chef Bobby Flay at the grill as he hosts a barbeque for local school students on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington in 2009

Obama eats mint chocolate chip ice cream at Brusters Ice Cream shop in Panama City Beach, Florida, in 2010

Obama eats mint chocolate chip ice cream at Brusters Ice Cream shop in Panama City Beach, Florida, in 2010

Not so healthy: President Obama reaches for some fries as he holds a round table with first time voters at OMG Burger in Miami, Florida, in 2012

Not so healthy: President Obama reaches for some fries as he holds a round table with first time voters at OMG Burger in Miami, Florida, in 2012

President Obama picks up his food order at the counter of Ben's Chili Bowl Restaurant in Washington in 2009

President Obama picks up his food order at the counter of Ben's Chili Bowl Restaurant in Washington in 2009

Love also said it was vital to remember to bring a knife and fork for Obama, as well as napkins, water and green tea.

The book also mentions that the President is not keen on energy bars containing fruit, anything battered or fried, soda, coffee and fast food.

However, that has not stopped him eating hot dogs, ice cream and fried chicken in staged pit stops at eateries around the US. 

Obama has also confessed that he has an obsession with nachos, speaking of his love for the Mexican treat as he chatted with Jerry Seinfeld on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee on Thursday. 

'It's one of those where I have to have it taken away. I'll have guacamole coming out of my eyeballs,' he said.

The President was also seen eating shaved ice in Hawaii earlier this week with his daughters Malia and Sasha. 

HAVING THE PRESIDENT FOR DINNER? HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T SERVE

Obama's dislikes

Fast food

Fried food

Battered food

Mayonnaise

Energy bars containing fruit

M&Ms in trail mix

Special flavors of Nicorette gum 

Soda

Coffee 

Obama likes

Grilled fish

Grilled chicken

Salads - but not on the go

Sandwiches

Nachos

Shaved ice 

Orange juice

Green tea

Ranch dressing

Power Forward: My Presidential Education, by Reggie Love, is available on Amazon from $12.49.

 

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