President Barack Obama will adhere to a strict kosher diet when he visits Israel next week during Passover.
The Jewish holiday prohibits the consumption of leavened bread, so pasta, pizza, bread, muffins and pastries will be off the menu when Obama and his entourage stay at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem March 20-22.
"We won’t eat pasta and Obama won’t either," the hotel's executive chef Michel Nabet told Haaretz. "It’s not so bad. We’ll eat more fresh vegetables. We have no shortage of ingredients.”
While Passover doesn't officially begin until March 25, the King David Hotel will switch to a full religious menu several days earlier in preparation for the annual Jewish holiday.
Fortunately, the menu being prepared for Obama, 51, will be healthy and low-carb, which is good since the president and his wife are fitness fanatics who work out daily.
"I think the President serves as a good role model because as busy as he is, he exercises every day," said First Lady Michelle Obama. "It's a part of what keeps him going. You do get to a point where exercise becomes something that you need, like water. And we try to promote that."