At the Plate With Torii Hunter: Eating to Maintain Power

February 4, 2011

Must See Baseball Videos

LA Angels right fielder Torii Hunter used to open his refrigerator in the morning and ask the same two questions you might ask: "What’s for breakfast, and who’s going to make it?"  With his family in Dallas and without cooking skills of his own, Hunter signed up with Sunfare, a home delivery food service operating in his two homes-away-from-home, Los Angeles and Tempe, Ariz., the Angels' spring training base.

Hunter laughs as he reminisces about spring training with the Minnesota Twins, where he spent his first nine MLB seasons. "We stayed next to a Waffle House," he says. "[Former Twins teammates] LaTroy Hawkins, Jacque Jones and myself would go to breakfast there just about every morning and then go to the stadium. That was pretty cool, but I don’t go there any more."

Indeed, the nine-time Gold Glover has come a long way since his Waffle House days, both geographically and nutritionally.

With Sunfare, Hunter receives food at his doorstep. The Sunfare system, however, is unlike your typical pizza or chow mein delivery operation. Meals are prepared from fresh ingredients, tailored to your taste, and customized to meet your nutritional goals. Everything you need to fuel throughout the day is in the kit.

Hunter’s plan, for example, comprises three meals and three snacks for a daily intake of 2,800 to 3,000 calories. “That helps keep my strength and weight up,” he says, “so I’m able to perform better and at a higher level.”

The 2009 American League Silver Slugger explains that maintaining weight is the key to his power and consistency at the plate. “When you lose weight, your bat gets heavy and you get tired from playing every day. Keeping my weight up helps keep my energy and strength up, so I’m able to grip that bat in August and September.”

Hunter is so high on Sunfare that he opted for their service over that of the personal chef he employed during his first two seasons in LA. "The Sunfare meals are so convenient," he says. "They’re already prepared, and each container is labeled so you know what you’re eating and when to eat it."

What’s on the plate for the Angels' clean-up hitter? Check out one of Hunter’s special daily meal plans:

Breakfast

  • Burrito with scrambled eggs and turkey sausage
  • Hash browns
  • Watermelon

Morning Snack [1½ - 2 hours following breakfast]

  • Macadamia nuts
  • Kiwi

Lunch

  • Grilled chicken sandwich
  • Side salad

Afternoon Snack [1½ - 2 hours following lunch]

  • Apple
  • String cheese

Dinner

  • Salmon
  • Wild rice
  • Broccoli
  • Side salad

Evening Snack [1½ - 2 hours following dinner]

  • Roast turkey
  • Cheddar cheese

For Torii Hunter, food on a typical day includes a breakfast burrito [left] and salmon with wild rice.

Photo:  Courtesy of Sunfare

Zac Clark
- Zac Clark is STACK Media's Custom Content Manager. Prior to joining STACK in September 2008, he served as an editorial assistant for USA Hockey Magazine...
Zac Clark
- Zac Clark is STACK Media's Custom Content Manager. Prior to joining STACK in September 2008, he served as an editorial assistant for USA Hockey Magazine...

Featured Videos

Path to the Pros 2015: Devin Smith Path to the Pros 2015: Devin Smith Views: 181,250
Path to the Pros 2015: Marcus Mariota Path to the Pros 2015: Marcus Mariota Views: 1,271,129
Path to the Pros 2015: Trae Waynes Path to the Pros 2015: Trae Waynes Views: 80,757
Load More

Resources

STACK Fitness

Everything you need to be fitter than ever

STACK Conditioning

Sport-specific conditioning programs

Coaches and Trainers

Tips and advice for coaches and trainers

Magazine

Latest issues of STACK Magazine

STACK 4W

Women's sports workout, nutrition and lifestyle advice

Gamer

Gaming, entertainment and tech news

Basic Training

Military-style training for athletes

News

Find the latest news relevant to athletes

Most Popular Videos

Colin Kaepernick's Core Workout Colin Kaepernick's Core Workout
Views: 896,781
Drew Brees Will Not Be Denied Drew Brees Will Not Be Denied
Views: 12,195,981
Robert Griffin III Pocket Presence QB Drill Robert Griffin III Pocket Presence QB Drill
Views: 6,866,292
Ohio State Football Open Field Plyo Drill Ohio State Football Open Field Plyo Drill
Views: 9,501,437
Dustin Pedroia on Training Dustin Pedroia on Training
Views: 10,920,995

Load More
More Cool Stuff You'll Like
6 Healthy Foods You're Overeating

6 Healthy Foods You're Overeating

4 'Bad Foods' That Might be Good for You

4 'Bad Foods' That Might be Good for You

10 Athlete-Approved High-Protein Cereals

10 Athlete-Approved High-Protein Cereals

9 Foods to Eat When You Want to Lose Fat

9 Foods to Eat When You Want to Lose Fat

5 Healthy Foods That Got a Bad Rap

5 Healthy Foods That Got a Bad Rap

The Healthiest (And Unhealthiest) Ways to Eat Chicken

The Healthiest (And Unhealthiest) Ways to Eat Chicken

Binge Eating Disorder and Athletes

Binge Eating Disorder and Athletes

Cookout Commandments: What to Eat (and Avoid) at Your Summer BBQ

Cookout Commandments: What to Eat (and Avoid) at Your Summer BBQ

Vegetarian Athlete Tips: Olympic Swimmer Kate Ziegler

Vegetarian Athlete Tips: Olympic Swimmer Kate Ziegler

5 Protein-Packed Recovery Shakes

5 Protein-Packed Recovery Shakes

Salad Showdown: Which Greens Are the Healthiest?

Salad Showdown: Which Greens Are the Healthiest?

12 Foods Every Athlete Should Eat

12 Foods Every Athlete Should Eat

5 Delicious Ways to Make Junk Food Less Junky

5 Delicious Ways to Make Junk Food Less Junky

5 Ways Junk Food Can Mess With Your Head

5 Ways Junk Food Can Mess With Your Head

11 Food Services That Deliver Ready-Made Nutritious Meals

11 Food Services That Deliver Ready-Made Nutritious Meals

How to Eat Healthy at a Dingy Sports Bar

How to Eat Healthy at a Dingy Sports Bar

STUDY: Eat More Fruits and Veggies, Live (Almost) Forever

STUDY: Eat More Fruits and Veggies, Live (Almost) Forever

How Marc Gasol Got Better by Overhauling His Diet

How Marc Gasol Got Better by Overhauling His Diet

What to Eat If You Hate Bananas

What to Eat If You Hate Bananas

How Friends and Family Affect Your Food Choices

How Friends and Family Affect Your Food Choices

5 Foods That Are Stunningly High in Sodium

5 Foods That Are Stunningly High in Sodium

The Cheat Meal Day: Why It's Not So Smart

The Cheat Meal Day: Why It's Not So Smart

Small Change, Big Difference: 5 Foods You Should Buy Organic

Small Change, Big Difference: 5 Foods You Should Buy Organic

7 Foods That Are Ruining Your Workouts

7 Foods That Are Ruining Your Workouts

The Boston Cannons' ‘Keep It Real’ Eating Plan

The Boston Cannons' 'Keep It Real' Eating Plan

A Sneaky Food Additive Athletes Should Avoid

A Sneaky Food Additive Athletes Should Avoid

Terrible Toppings: The 5 Worst Things We Put on Food

Terrible Toppings: The 5 Worst Things We Put on Food

6 Eating Mistakes That Undo Your Workouts

6 Eating Mistakes That Undo Your Workouts

Fuel Up Fast With 4 Smoothies From the New York Giants

Fuel Up Fast With 4 Smoothies From the New York Giants

How Undereating Can Make You Gain Weight

How Undereating Can Make You Gain Weight

5 'Healthy' Side Dishes That Are Worse Than French Fries

5 'Healthy' Side Dishes That Are Worse Than French Fries

3 Fruits and 3 Vegetables Athletes Must Eat

3 Fruits and 3 Vegetables Athletes Must Eat

Are You Eating Too Much Protein?

Are You Eating Too Much Protein?

Where the Paleo Diet Falls Short

Where the Paleo Diet Falls Short

Load Up on These Foods at Your Backyard Barbecue

Load Up on These Foods at Your Backyard Barbecue

You Should Eat the Peel of These 12 Fruits and Vegetables

You Should Eat the Peel of These 12 Fruits and Vegetables

Healthy (and Unhealthy) BBQ Ideas For Athletes

Healthy (and Unhealthy) BBQ Ideas For Athletes

9 Athlete-Approved Peanut Butter Sandwiches

9 Athlete-Approved Peanut Butter Sandwiches

The Best Foods for Digestive Health

The Best Foods for Digestive Health

Healthy Eating at Restaurants: Decoding a Diner Menu

Healthy Eating at Restaurants: Decoding a Diner Menu

Brown Rice vs. White Rice: Does It Really Matter?

Brown Rice vs. White Rice: Does It Really Matter?

Healthy Makeovers for 3 Classic Meals

Healthy Makeovers for 3 Classic Meals

5 Simple Food Swaps That Make Eating Out Healthier

5 Simple Food Swaps That Make Eating Out Healthier

The Grain Guide: How and Why to Use 8 Healthy Whole Grains

The Grain Guide: How and Why to Use 8 Healthy Whole Grains

Why You Should Say No to Diet Foods

Why You Should Say No to Diet Foods

Registered Dietitians Reveal Their Favorite Ways to Eat Fruit

Registered Dietitians Reveal Their Favorite Ways to Eat Fruit

5 'Good Foods' That Might Be Bad for You

5 'Good Foods' That Might Be Bad for You

YardBarker