Bernie Sanders … a Foodie? All the Details on the Presidential Candidate’s Diet

04/08/2016 at 12:23 PM ET

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Bernie Sanders‘ diet has changed quite a bit throughout his campaign.

During his early days on the road, the presidential hopeful was chowing down on heavy foods like cheesecake, according to the Washington Post. But with a little help from his family, Sanders was turned on to lighter options like turkey sandwiches, fresh fruit and salads.

His wife, Jane Sanders, told the newspaper that the Democratic candidate’s breakfast includes Raisin Bran, cherry juice and an English muffin if he’s at home, or bacon and eggs if he’s eating out. And as an avid meat-eater, dinner might be prime rib with corn on the cob and broccoli.

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“He was Paleo before Paleo was a thing,” his stepdaughter Carina Driscoll previously told PEOPLE.

If he’s indulging, Sanders—who likes to do his own grocery shopping when he can—reaches for a glass of pinot noir, but very few sweets since “he’s not big into sugar,” says Jane. (Though his very own Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor may be the exception.)

And when it comes to his restaurant choices, the Vermont senator prefers seasoned spots like Burlington’s India House, where he orders tandoori pork, over the latest flavor of the week.

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So, does Sanders qualify as a foodie? “If by foodie you mean someone who appreciates where food comes from and enjoys quality food,” Driscoll told the Washington Post, “then Bernie is a foodie.”

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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Guest on

Last time I looked corn does not qualify as paleo

bugsforever on

Guest- you’re right; corn is a grain. I agree-he’s a guy who eats a guy diet- heavy on animal protein. That’s not Paleo.

Anonymous on

lol hes not trying to be paleo, just got close without trying… I did this too honestly, and paleo is just a slightly stricter version of a diet where I just ate food and felt better so I kept doing it… I was just trying to cut out the things I normally ate the most of(carbs) and as a result I ended up eating a lot more meat, but I also ate a lot of pepperjack… either way I felt a thousand times better so I didn’t care to find out if it was a real diet…

ohh hipster Bernie… probably because he didn’t buy into the food corporations low fat + fiber + wheat + organic BS.

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