Salmon, sweet potatoes, and hummus seem to be the trifecta of foods eaten for some NFL athletes, like former Atlanta Falcon Reggie Kelly. He says these foods are staples found in many players’ refrigerators. These power nutritionally dense foods provide them the energy for peak performance in games and training at the practice. And these foods are great for recovery as well.
Salmon is great for protein, healthy fats, and many essential minerals. It has 20g of protein and EPA and DHA Omega-3 that are difficult to come by in all foods. These two fatty acids are what reduce inflammation in your body. However, salmon is loaded with other anti-inflammatories, like selenium, magnesium, and potassium. Training and competing at the professional level breaks your muscles and body down, which produces a lot of inflammation. The quicker you clear out inflammation, the faster and better your body functions and performs.
Sweet potatoes are excellent for carbohydrates. Eating a few sweet potatoes pack a ton of energy. NFL players don’t need to eat at McDonald’s to get their fuel. One medium-sized sweet potato has about 26 grams of carbohydrates. Sweet potatoes are also great when it comes to vitamins and minerals. For example, it has almost four times over the amount of the RDA for vitamin A and is loaded with potassium. These two are essential for optimal health and vision. They may not act so much as an anti-inflammatory but are great for antioxidants.
Hummus is perfect for carbohydrates and protein as well. Hummus is made from chickpeas, tahini paste, lemon, garlic, olive oil, and salt. Per 3.5 ounces, hummus has 8 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, 10 grams of fat, and 14 grams of carbohydrates. It is also loaded with many minerals—powerful stuff in just 3.5 ounces. Hummus is easy to eat and digest. It has a low glycemic index that regulates blood sugar perfectly. If your blood sugar is under control, your body can optimize energy properly.
If you take the combination of proteins, carbs, and fats, the trifecta is excellent for any athlete and the general population. Also, the small percentages like iron, B-vitamins, and zinc, for example, in each food, add up to meet a higher RDA.
It is not bad to eat the same foods repeatedly, especially if they are boosting your health and enhancing your performance