En español | It won't be long before Tom Brady gets his AARP membership notice in the mail.
But while Brady is just six years shy of turning 50, the player with the most Super Bowl rings in history isn't planning his retirement — he's gearing up to defend yet another NFL championship title. A lot of his continued success on the field comes from what he puts on his plate, says Alex Guerrero, Brady’s longtime body coach and the cofounder of Brady’s nutrition and lifestyle brand, TB12.
Although Brady followed a very strict eating plan early in his career, “as he's gotten older and we've built up a foundation, it's easier to incorporate more ‘fun days’ into his diet,” Guerrero says. He describes Brady's diet as “mostly plant based. As you age, the more whole foods you eat, the better.” Here's a day in the diet of the 44-year-old, packed with fruits, vegetables and protein.
The Brady munch
A 7 a.m. smoothie of almond milk; almond butter; banana; Brazil nuts; pumpkin, hemp and chia seeds; blueberries; and organic plain yogurt
A protein bar around 11 a.m.
Around 1 to 1:30 p.m., a mainly plant-based meal that incorporates fish, such as wild salmon with spiced cauliflower and pistachio-arugula pesto, or fresh cod with salsa verde
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Another mainly plant-based, high-protein meal, such as a quinoa tabbouleh salad or a fish-taco bowl; twice a week, a meal with red meat or poultry — think salad topped with steak tips or chicken
Dark chocolate (in the form of a bar), chia seed pudding, cookie dipped in chocolate, or ice cream
Kelsey Ogletree writes about food for Bon Appétit and Shape.