Super Bowl LIII diets, splurges and fan snacks, revealed

The Super Bowl is about so much more than the game to players and fans alike: it's also about the food. 

Many NFL teams now keep nutritionists or dietitians on staff to ensure that the players are fed and fueled for peak performance. 

But for the occasion of the Super Bowl, even the best athletes have their pet splurges - and so do fans. 

We reveal who's eating what - and where - on game day. 

New England Patriots players indulged in turkey on the field on Thanksgiving, but for most of the year they keep to regimented diets 

players indulged in turkey on the field on Thanksgiving, but for most of the year they keep to regimented diets 


An NFL player's diet varies depending on the period of the season, the position he plays, the time he spends on the field and his own personal metabolism, former diet consultant Dr Susan Kleiner told Daily Mail Online. 

'In general, there's the lineman people who block and the people who run,' she said. 

'They all need agility, but it's a question of do you run into a wall or are do you need to be able to run as fast as you can.'  

And the times have changed, so while football players still need to consume a lot of calories it's now just as much about quality as quantity, and the focus is on whole foods. 

But time is also of the essence. At the height of training, many players just don't have the time to sit down and eat as many calories as they need to fuel them, so their diets are often part smoothies, shakes and supplements. 


Both the Rams and the Patriots love indulging in fast food. 

They have favorite spots in every state, including The Varsity in Atlanta, where the game will be held. 

So decided to ask some of the top players what their orders were to get an insight into how they eat. 

Here is what they ordered in one sitting:


Adam Butler, defensive tackle 

Chili cheese dog bacon cheeseburger grilled cheese french fries bottled water & shake  fried apple pie a la mode

Ted Karras, offensive lineman 

Two chili cheese dogs cheese fries large chocolate shake  fried apple pie

Danny Shelton, defensive tackle

Medium frosted orange shake large vanilla shake BLT two triple bacon cheeseburgers cheeseburger two large fries onion rings two 5-piece nuggets  a Sprite


Rodger Saffold, guard 

Two double bacon cheeseburgers three chili cheese dogs french fries onion rings large chocolate shake  fried apple pie a la mode

Jamil Demby, offensive guard  

Two fried apples triple bacon cheeseburger chili cheese dog chili cheese fries large chocolate shake  5-piece nuggets 

Rob Havenstein, offensive tackle 

Chili dog (no mustard) cheese dog with all fixins and onions on top double bacon cheeseburger onion rings small frosted orange shake  a large sweet tea

Depending on weight, a player may need to consume between 3,500 to 6,000 calories a day, drink the equivalent of two or three cups of milk, and half as many ounces of water as he ways in pounds. 

According to Dr Kleiner, a typical day's meals might go like this:  


Several starches, like whole grain bread, oatmeal, potatoes or cream of wheat  Several servings of fruit, to bolster antioxidants for better recovery   One whole egg, plus two or more egg whites - preferably with some vegetables or avocado mixed in 

After lighter morning activities or reviewing recordings of games, players might grab a smoothie that 'hides vegetables and fruit,' before hitting the field for practice. 


Depending on time and position, mid-day meals vary.

Quarterbacks may have more practices and need to stay light, so they might have a light turkey sandwich or another smoothie or protein shake. 

Blockers and other players have more time to bulk up at lunch and are more likely to have:

Chicken breast or sliced turkey  Potatoes or another starch  Several servings of vegetables - the more diverse the better - steamed or sauted  Salad of dark leafy greens  Quinoa bowl  Another couple servings of fruit 

Then it's time to 'sit again, digest and train again,' Dr Kleiner says, and perhaps grab another smoothie on the way to the field. 


'Dinner should be robust,' Dr Kleiner says. 

It might include a large spread of: 

Six ounces or more of a lean protein - particularly fatty acid-rich salmon  A cup of potatoes, quinoa

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