If you haven’t heard by now, NFL quarterback Tom Brady follows an extremely regimented diet that has helped him perform at his peak even at 38 years of age. When most athletes are regressing and declining, Brady is playing some of the best football of his career, and he is planning to play longer than any quarterback before him.
So how is he doing this? Well, Brady’s diet has a lot to do with it. We assume that all professional athletes will let loose with a cheat meal now and then, especially in the off-season right?
Not when your name is Tom Brady!
Besides eating food that you’ve never heard of, such as spirulina and lucuma powder, chard and gazpacho, Brady’s desserts are probably more nutritious than your regular meals. Even with a basic coconut cream pie, Brady’s version is packed with nutrition and fiber, which includes a filling of coconut, lime and mango.
When you compare this super coconut cream pie to the regular coconut cream pie you get in the stores, the difference is flabbergasting. Traditional pies are mostly made of sugar, which is why they taste so good, last so long and are so addicting.
The interesting lesson here is that not all desserts have to be bad for you. When prepared correctly with nutrition ingredients, even desserts can be good for your diet.
Get full details of Brady’s off-season diet below:
Costa Rican chef Joanne Gerrard Young dished out insights on what the Brady-Bund eat when they’re relaxing after a romp in the surf. The power couple’s brunch menu includes everyday fare like Swiss chard summer rolls, pineapple cucumber gazpacho, and, of course, a green smoothie with spirulina and lucuma powder. Wait, what? You don’t sprinkle the dust of an “Incan superfood” in your morning beverage?
After they’ve had their fill of these supremely nutritious main dishes and presumably added five years to their life expectancy, members of the Brady clan let their hair down a bit and dig into a coconut cream pie.
Except it’s not just an ordinary coconut cream pie. The crust is made of macadamia nuts and pitted dates. The filling is coconut, lime and mango. Add up the nutrition facts for those ingredients, and you’ll see that this dessert delivers a load of fiber, vitamin C, folate, potassium and other nutrients you should be eating more regularly.
Compare that to the nutrition profile of a traditional piece of coconut cream pie, which delivers, well, mostly sugar—as do most processed foods here in the U.S. It’s well documented that many of the packaged and prepared convenience foods we typically eat are loaded with sugar, salt and fat. That’s why they taste good, have long shelf lives, and are even addictive.
There is a good lesson you can learn from this: Whenever possible, prepare your own food, and do it by getting creative with the items you find in the produce section of your grocery store. Nutrient-dense foods can be simple to make. Of course, healthy and delicious desserts would be a lot easier if you had your own Costa Rican chef.