I had to chuckle when Sunday’s White House pool reporter sent out the menu for President Obama’s White House Super Bowl party.  It looks like the First Lady’s primo nightmare, a veritable cholesterol festival.

This should not be construed as criticism.  Nobody should be so rigid about diet that there can’t be any special days, when rules get tossed to the winds. But I’ll bet the dietary fat police are in a swivet today. I can also imagine commentators on particular talk shows and a particular network shouting “hypocrisy” at the top of their lungs.

Here’s the menu, courtesy of the White House by way of Barbara Barrett, of McClatchy Newspapers.

Bratwurst
Kielbasa
Cheeseburgers
Deep Dish Pizza
Buffalo Wings
German Potato Salad
Twice Baked Potatoes
Snyders Potato Chips and Pretzels
Chips and Dips
Salad
Ice Cream
Beverages including the following beers: Hinterland Pale Ale & Amber Ale (Wisconsin), Yuengling Lager and Light (Pennsylvania), White House Honey Ale.

About the beers: The wisely nonpartisan White House chose two beers made in Packers territory and two from the Steelers’ home turf.  For independents, there was the White House’s own beer. I’d have chosen Hinterland Amber, the darkest of the five, even though I’m a native Pennsylvanian. There are limits to my state-patriotism.  When I lift a brew, it’s usually stout. (If you saw me, you’d know exactly how appropriate that is.)

The only way I’ve found to avoid being mistaken for the side of a barn is to count carbohydrates and, most days, to keep my intake under 40 grams.  I also avoid trans fats like poison.  So I set out to see what Snyders potato chips would have done to me.  Clearly, they were chosen with care, and that may be why the brand name was included in the menu.  An ounce of chips yield 19 grams of carbs — 16 grams if you subtract their fiber content, which is cricket when you’re counting carbs — and no trans fats. An ounce of chips would have been nearly half my daily allotment of carbs. Lucky me, I don’t care for them, anyway.

I wonder if the First Lady stuck with the salad. I hope not.

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