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.