The Real Super Bowl Matchup: Carbs Vs. Protein

Food & Wine: The Real Super Bowl Matchup: Carbs Vs. Protein
Three of these equal one of J.R. Sweezy's omelets. © John Kernick
By Chelsea Morse Posted January 28, 2014

Let’s be honest: For a serious percentage of the country (including approximately 100% of the F&W staff), the Super Bowl is all about the food. Of course, the athletes battling it out on the field are serious about what they eat as well (although they’re probably not dreaming about Sriracha chicken wings and chocolate pretzel bars with quite the same eager anticipation that we are). Here’s what will keep them going during those all important four quarters next Sunday.

For the Denver Broncos: Peyton Manning is making carbs sexy again. When he’s not promoting Wheaties cereal or his Papa John's pizza franchises, the quarterback loads up on fast energy three to four hours before game time, eating a plain baked potato, pasta with marinara sauce, two chicken breasts, broccoli and Gatorade.

For the Seattle Seahawks: These guys are seriously pro-protein. Team chef Mac McNabb says the players go through at least 60 dozen eggs a week—with a good majority consumed by offensive guard J.R. Sweezy, who takes down a nine-egg omelet for breakfast most mornings, filled with proteins like chicken sausage. All of the chicken McNabb prepares is free-range and eats an organic diet, including scraps from the team’s fruit buffet.

We’re not going to declare a winner. As far as we’re concerned, those of us watching the game from the warmth of our own homes, with the whole gamut of snacks represented in our spread, are the real victors. And when it comes down to it, we’re putting our money on bacon guacamole.

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