According to Men’s Health Magazine, the average NFL player consumes 6,000 calories and 200 grams of protein daily. It’s no surprise why an increasing number of NFLers are turning to healthier diets, claiming that they feel stronger and more energetic as a result.
Need some proof? Four months after Houston Texans running back Arian Foster adopted a vegan diet, he recorded 659 yards on just 168 carries while racking up nine touchdowns. Pretty impressive for a herbivore.
While you can’t stop the clock, incorporating anti-aging foods into your diet can help ward off the effects of premature graying. Here are five top-performing foods that can make you look younger, along with tasty recipes from our favorite food bloggers.
Legumes, which include beans, peas, and lentils, are nutrient powerhouses of the food world. They are low in fat and full of protein, vitamins, and dietary fiber. In fact, they have all the benefits of red meat, minus the cholesterol and saturated fat. Legumes also protect against colon and prostate cancer.
You can’t go wrong with Self Proclaimed Foodie’s Game Day Beer Chili recipe.
Love ’em or hate ’em, mushrooms have multiple anti-aging traits, including selenium, which protects our skin from sun damage, a leading cause of premature aging. Mushrooms can also stop you from reaching for that box of Just for Men as they help battle the gray menace. Shiitake mushrooms contain copper, which your body needs to produce skin and hair pigments.
These Glorious Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms by Tasty Kitchen are deliciously cheesy, and are sure to be a hit come game day.
Sometimes good things come in small packages. Nuts are full of essential nutrients which offer plenty of body benefits. They contain vitamin A, an essential building block which protects cells from damage. Nuts also give skin a healthy glow and lower the risk of heart disease. Try to avoid prepackaged nuts, which are full of salt, though. Opt instead for raw or dry roasted mixes in order to take full advantage of the health perks.
This recipe for Sugar-and-Spice Candied Nuts from Smitten Kitchen are simply addictive, and the spice level is just painful enough.
You don’t have to be Popeye in order to reap the rewards of spinach. Packed with muscle-boosting nitrate, this green machine also contains magnesium, which controls blood sugar and blood pressure levels.
No need to munch on salads 24/7. A seamless way to include spinach into your diet is by blending it into a smoothie. This Detox Smoothie recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction is the perfect pick-me-up after a workout … or a hangover (whichever comes first).
Vegan banana bread is a favorite of former Atlanta Falcons tight end – and future Hall of Famer – Tony Gonzalez, and for good reason. Bananas protect against muscle cramps during strenuous activity. They are also a good source of calcium, which promotes strong bones and teeth, and are full of potassium, which lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of a stroke.
Take this One Bowl Gluten-Free Banana Bread recipe by the Minimalist Baker. While we disagree with this recipe in principle, in practice, it’s delightful.
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