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Vote Keto! Presidents' Low-Carb Favorites

February 15, 2019

Vote Keto! Presidents' Low-Carb Favorites

Ever wonder if any American presidents ate keto? The short answer is “no,” but several presidents had favorite dishes that fit in a keto diet. If you’d like to eat keto like a president this President’s Day, here are a few suggestions.


Steak has been a favorite with many presidents including, William Howard Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump, who prefers his steak well-done with ketchup.

Here is William Howard Taft’s recipe for steak, via the Food Timeline. To make it truly keto, don’t cut off the fat! — and keep the butter.

Broiled Steak

Select a T-Bone, tenderloin or sirloin.

Wipe the meat dry, remove the outside skin and some of the fat if there is a large quantity of it. Then, with some of the removed fat, grease the broiler.

Place the steak on the broiler over a clear fire or under the gas flame; sear quickly on both sides to prevent the juices escaping.

Turn again and cook on both sides until done, 10 to 15 minutes for a medium thick steak if desired rare; allow a few minutes longer if steak is preferred well done.

Remove to hot platter, sprinkle with salt and pepper and spread with soft butter.
— "Favorite Foods of Famous Folk," Pattie Ellicott, Washington Post, October 31, 1935 (p. 12)

Mixed Nuts

Barack Obama is a fan of mixed nuts and spicy food. We bet he’d enjoy this Herbed Spiced Nuts recipe with thyme and cayenne pepper.



Richard Nixon was famous for eating cottage cheese(with ketchup!) and his wife Pat’s meatloaf. And Donald and Melania Trump have made meatloaf with Martha Stewart.

Neither of those meatloaves is low-carb. Here’s a simple recipe for keto meatloaf instead.


One of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite foods was bacon. Of course, he didn’t have to cook it. If you’re tired of splatters, here’s how to bake your bacon in an oven.

Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs

George W. Bush and his wife Laura like to nibble on deviled eggs made with mayonnaise, butter, Dijon mustard and habanero pepper sauce. The same site also features the Bushes’ guacamole recipe with shallots, jalapeno pepper, and cilantro.


Both Lydon Baines Johnson and Barack Obama have eaten a lot of chili in their lives. Here’s the Obama family recipe for turkey chili, and LBJ’s favorite chili recipe is below. We’ve made it keto by taking out the two cans of kidney beans -- and you can always add some crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, or sliced avocado for extra keto goodness. 

Lyndon B. Johnson's Pedernales River Chili

4 pounds coarsely ground chuck or round steak
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
5 shakes liquid hot sauce (or more, to suit taste)
1 teaspoon ground oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin

6 teaspoons chili powder (more if needed)
2 No. 2-1/2 cans tomatoes
2 cups hot water
Salt to taste

Put meat, onion, and garlic in large heavy boiler or skillet. Sear until light-colored. Add hot sauce, oregano, cumin, chili powder, tomatoes, beans and hot water. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer about 1 hour.

Add salt and more liquid hot sauce, to taste toward end of cooking. As fat cooks out, skim.

Serve with a side dish of jalapeno peppers if you want to eat them LBJ's favorite way... Serves 8 to 10. Another chili recipe that President Johnson relished was one made by a family friend — Scooter Miller."
A Treasury of White House Cooking, Francois Rysavy [G.P. Putnam's Sons:New York] 1972 (p. 50)

It’s clear that eating keto will not hurt your presidential chances, so if you’re thinking of running, go for it! Just watch out for all the pancake breakfasts on the campaign trail.  

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