The Bizarre Food Vladimir Putin Eats For Breakfast Every Morning (and the Surprising Reason He Avoids Alcohol)

While people are drawing connections between U.S. president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin, one thing stands out as a major difference between the two: their diets. Trump may have a serious problem with fast food and Diet Coke, but Putin starts his day with a stricter diet than you can imagine.

Here’s what Putin eats every day for breakfast, including one bizarre food you may not have ever heard of. We’ve even found his favorite food he’ll indulge in from time to time, how he eats when he travels, and the No. 1 reason he avoids alcohol.

He eats breakfast around noon

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin adjusts his sunglasses as he watches an air show

Putin has a leisurely morning.| Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP/Getty Images

You’d think someone with such a strict routine would be an early riser. Putin, instead, sleeps into the late hours of the morning on a daily basis. He doesn’t eat until around noon, but even though it’s lunchtime, he still opts for the same variety of breakfast options each day.

Next: This is his main breakfast course every day.

His morning starts with an omelet or porridge

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Sit back and enjoy your breakfast, Mr. Putin. | Vladimir Rodionov/AFP/Getty Images

Putin’s main breakfast course is pretty standard. He starts each day with either a nicely-sized omelet or a large bowl of porridge. If that sounds bland to you, that one strange side he includes in his meal is anything but.

Next: Have you ever heard of this bizarre food?

He eats quail eggs on the side

Quails eggs

This egg isn’t commonly eaten in the U.S. | Nick Ansell – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Yes, quail eggs. If you’ve never heard of a quail, it’s a mid-sized bird found in Europe, North Africa, the southern United States, and some parts of Asia, according to Why quail eggs? They’ve actually got loads of benefits, such as improving your vision, balancing your cholesterol levels, stimulating growth, boosting your metabolism, and cleansing your body. They can even prevent chronic disease, treat allergies, and reduce blood pressure.

Next: What about his coffee consumption?

He doesn’t drink his coffee until after breakfast

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He waits a bit before getting his caffeine fix. | Christopher Jue/Getty Images

He doesn’t drink coffee with his meal. Instead, he drinks fruit juice while eating, and he’ll only start drinking coffee after his breakfast is over and before his daily exercise. In case you were wondering, his exercise routine consists of two hours of swimming, then lifting weights at the gym.

Next: We’re surprised he eats anything while traveling.

He has even stricter eating rules when traveling

Russia's President Vladimir Putin disembarks from the airplane

Putin doesn’t fall off the wagon while traveling. | Liu Jin/AFP/GettyImages

Putin knows to be savvy with his food while traveling abroad. If you thought his eating habits were strict in his daily life, he tightens up even more on the road. Pretty much everything he touches, whether it’s a fruit bowl in his room or the sheets he’s sleeping in, must be replaced between use.

According to Newsweek, he “cannot be served milk products” when he travels. Any food served to Putin by a host must be checked and approved by the Kremlin before he even goes near it. He obviously isn’t taking any chances.

Next: This is his favorite food.

His favorite food is pistachio ice cream


Can you blame him? | Unpict/iStock/Getty Images

While Putin may typically stick to a healthy food regimen, he likes to indulge from time to time. He’s only human, after all. His favorite food of all time is reportedly pistachio ice cream.

According to The Independent, “He also once gifted his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping with a tub of ice cream during last year’s G20 summit.”

Next: Here’s why he doesn’t drink alcohol.

He avoids alcohol — mostly

Russia's President Vladimir Putin

Puting makes a point to abstain from alcohol when possible. | Vladimir Astapkovich / Host Photo Agency/Ria Novosti via Getty Images

Putin is very careful with anything he puts into his body, and that includes alcohol. He’ll reportedly only drink alcohol during formal receptions. While his abstinence from drinking is beneficial to his health, he mainly stays sober for political reasons.

Alcoholism has historically been a problem for Russia, so Putin is doing his part in “promoting a sober way of living,” according to RU Experts. His predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, was part of the epidemic, so Putin is trying to pave the way as a different kind of Russian leader.

Next: Here’s what American presidents love to eat.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Donald Trump likes fast food, potato chips, and Diet Coke. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Trump loves fast food — so much, according to Vanity Fair, that he sometimes had it delivered to his private plane while on the campaign trail. Trump likes Burger King, McDonald’s, and Kentucky Fried Chicken. He’s famously germaphobic and cites the standards of cleanliness as one reason he appreciates fast food franchises.

Trump has reportedly stocked the White House kitchen with snacks, including Lay’s potato chips. He also likes Doritos. The New York Times noted that Trump prefers “the bland nourishment of Americana.” That includes burgers, meatloaf, well-done steaks, Caesar salad, and spaghetti. The president also loves See’s Candies and Diet Coke.

Next: Trump’s diet is definitely different from Obama’s

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Barack Obama likes nuts, vegetables, and handmade chocolates. | Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images

The New York Times reported back in May 2008 on then-Sen. Barack Obama’s likes and dislikes when it comes to food. Obama reportedly favors Planters Trail Mix: Nuts, Seeds, & Raisins; roasted almonds; pistachios; and MET-Rx chocolate roasted peanut protein bars. He also likes vegetables, particularly broccoli and spinach. And he loves handmade milk chocolates from Fran’s Chocolate in Seattle. (The Seattle Post-Intelligencer later reported that Obama specifically loves the brand’s Smoked Salt Caramels.)

Obama reportedly dislikes mayonnaise, salt and vinegar potato chips, asparagus, and soft drinks. As for Obama’s habit of snacking on almonds? A joke between Michelle Obama and personal chef Sam Kass started the story that Obama snacked on just seven almonds in the evening. The joke sparked a flurry of headlines during his presidency.

Next: This president drew headlines with a cheeseburger confession.

George W. Bush

George W. Bush

George W. Bush and his family like Tex-Mex. | Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Former President George W. Bush drew headlines — and raised eyebrows — when news broke that he loved cheeseburger pizzas. Grub Street, quoting an interview Bush’s chef gave to The Sun, explained that cheeseburger pizza is just what it sounds like: “Every ingredient of a cheeseburger … on top of a margherita pizza.” The Guardian noted cheeseburger pizza isn’t a healthy meal to whip up at home. But The Daily Beast offered up a recipe and reported that “this bizarrely constructed hodgepodge of a pie has made huge inroads” at American pizza chains.

Other Bush-era requests for the White House kitchen? He also liked a lunch of “cinnamon bread with peanut butter and organic honey, with homemade potato chips and pickles,” according to The Sun. And the Bush family was reportedly a fan of Tex-Mex. A few of their favorite foods included huevos rancheros and Tex-Mex chex.

Next: This president likes fat.

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton liked cheeseburgers and enchiladas but has since adopted a vegan diet. | Stephen Jaffe/AFP/Getty Images

According to The New York Times, then President-elect Bill Clinton “prefers the stuff with fat in it: jalapeno cheeseburgers, chicken enchiladas, barbecue, cinnamon rolls, and pies.” But one thing he didn’t eat? Chocolate chip cookies. Hillary Clinton joked, “One of the serious issues of our marriage is that Bill Clinton does not eat chocolate.” (If only.)

Clinton’s diet was reportedly “heavy on the meat, dessert at every meal, and tiny amounts of vegetables, the tinier the better.” While in office, Clinton had a “scary” appetite, according to a Washingtonian interview with the president’s pastry chef. Despite allergies to flour and chocolate, the president loved high-calorie snacks and sweets. But Clinton later had to have open heart surgery. Then, he became a vegan. According to Politico, he said his vegan diet changed his life.

Next: George H.W. Bush banned this vegetable from Air Force One.

George H.W. Bush

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush hates broccoli. | Luke Frazza/AFP/Getty Images

Former George H.W. Bush drew more headlines for disliking a food than liking one. Bush famously imposed a broccoli ban aboard Air Force One, explaining to the press, “I do not like broccoli, and I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid, and my mother made me eat it. And I’m president of the United States, and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli!”

Not too surprising, then, was the comment a former aide made that “junk food is his lifestyle.” The New York Times noted that Bush also liked “beef jerky, nachos, tacos, guacamole, chili, refried beans, hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecued ribs, candy, popcorn, ice cream, and cake.” All foods that, the publication aptly pointed out, “can be procured at baseball games, fast-food joints, or 7-Elevens.” But on the subject of broccoli? Bush remained unswayed.

Next: Jelly beans were always close by with this president.

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan loved jelly beans. | J. David Ake/AFP/Getty Images

Former President Ronald Reagan famously kept a jar of jelly beans on his desk in the Oval Office and on Air Force One. According to his presidential library, Reagan began eating the candy when he ran for governor of California in 1966. (The idea was to help him give up pipe smoking.) Then, he continued eating jelly beans during and after his governorship. His 1981 inaugural festivities involved 3.5 tons of red, white, and blue jelly beans. Reagan kept the White House stocked with the candy during all eight years of his presidency. The president’s favorite flavor was reportedly licorice.

Next: Nixon picked up this habit from his grandmother.

Richard M. Nixon

Richard Nixon gives a speech.

Richard Nixon ate cottage cheese with ketchup. | Mike Lawn/Fox Photos/Getty Images

Former President Richard Nixon reportedly made a habit of eating cottage cheese. But he didn’t combine it with any of the usual suspects. Instead, he ate it with ketchup on top. Don’t believe us? Just check out the Dec. 3, 1969, issue of the Reading Eagle. The newspaper proclaimed, “President Likes Cottage Cheese with Ketchup.”

Nixon reportedly picked up the habit from his grandmother. She lived to the age of 93 and gave Nixon the impression that he should eat cottage cheese “for health and diet reasons.” But Nixon didn’t like the taste of cottage cheese on its own. So his solution? Covering it with ketchup.

The president also enjoyed his wife’s meatloaf. And the public was so interested that, according to Food Timeline, the recipe was printed on White House stationery and sent in response to thousands of requests.

Next: This president had a big appetite for Southern staples.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon Baines Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson’s favorite beverage was Fresca. | Keystone/Getty Images

Food and Wine reports that former President Lyndon B. Johnson had a big appetite for Southern staples, including black-eyed peas and tapioca pudding. Slate reports that Johnson’s favorite beverage was Fresca. The president reportedly had four buttons installed in the Oval Office. These buttons enabled him to request his favorite beverages. The buttons were for coffee, tea, Coke — and Fresca. According to the Washingtonian, Johnson “entertained guests at Texas-size cookouts on the White House lawn,” where he served large Texas steaks and Pedernales River Chili.

Next: JFK loved this for lunch.

John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy preferred fish chowder. | Central Press/Getty Images

Like a true New Englander, JFK was a big fan of New England fish chowder. The Food Timeline reports that the former president preferred a lunch of “soup, sandwich, and fruit.” Seafood and baked beans numbered among his favorite foods. The Kennedy family also patronized Boston’s Union Oyster House. There, JFK reportedly “loved to feast in privacy in the upstairs dining room.”

According to the book, Entertaining in the White House, Jacqueline Kennedy “lured René Verdon, the French expert, away from the Carlyle Hotel in New York to preside over the White House kitchens.” But according to Real Life at the White House, JFK preferred fish chowder and chocolate ice cream to Verdon’s trout and meringue shells. Nonetheless, The Washingtonian reports that JFK’s taste for French food sparked a renaissance of French dining in Washington.

Next: This president loved beef stew and a few other choice meats.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower sitting at his desk

Dwight D. Eisenhower loved his wife’s beef stew. | Keystone/Getty Images

According to the Eisenhower Presidential Library, former President Dwight Eisenhower had a few favorite foods, including roast stuffed breast of veal, steak, quail hash, and trout. But it’s Mamie Eisenhower’s beef stew that you probably most associate with the former president. According to Food and Wine, Ike’s wife originally shared the recipe with the North Dakota Cow-Belles, an auxiliary of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association. The group was surprised to see the original recipe yielded 60 portions. That’s a bit much unless you’re throwing a party of White House proportions.

Other favorite foods in Eisenhower’s White House? His vegetable soup, Mamie’s apple pie, fudge, and sugar cookies. The recipes for Ike’s vegetable soup and Mamie’s beef stew were widely requested and reprinted often.

Next: Was this president afraid of any raw meat?

Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman liked his meat well-done. | Hulton Archive/Getty Images

According to the book, Talking with Harry: Candid Conversations with President Harry S. Truman, the former president liked roast beef but not “raw meat of any kind.” He was partial to bacon, ham, and sausage. But he never wanted anything, even steak, cooked any way other than well-done. When asked why Midwesterners like him preferred their beef well-done, Truman answered, “The West — Midwest — furnishes the beef for the nation, and they are of the opinion that only coyotes and predatory animals eat raw beef.”

Truman’s Library and Museum has a questionnaire where Truman shared some other favorite foods. They include Mrs. Truman’s chocolate cake and her chicken and dumplings. The president also mentioned his mother’s custard pie and fried chicken.

Next: FDR loved foods he could dig into.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt had simple tastes. | Central Press/Getty Images

Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt had several favorite foods. According to his presidential library and museum, White House housekeeper Henrietta Nesbitt said FDR liked foods “he could dig into.” So what did he request from the White House kitchen? The New York-born president reportedly liked scrambled eggs, fish chowder, grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, and fruitcake.

Nesbitt noted FDR had uncomplicated tastes and liked simple, American foods. But reports the president’s “pedestrian taste” was rarely satisfied. That’s because Eleanor “famously served terrible meals to guests. She apparently thought gourmet menus unseemly for the country during the Depression.”

Additional reporting by Jess Bolluyt.

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