Feeding the Birds: Episode 6 - Pre-Game Meals
It's gameday in Philadelphia. While you might be preparing your tailgating menu, dreaming of your loaded nachos or out buying your secret spice for your gameday wings, at the NovaCare Complex Cafeteria preparations are underway cooking the food that will lead to victory.
Gameday meals are the one day during the week that a player's diet is highly regulated. The menus are designed and overseen by the kitchen nutrition team. There is still the variety and flavor players expect, but certain tweaks are made to give each player what they need to get through the game.
Sadly, there is no pre-game gorging on local specialties when the team is on the road. Members of the nutrition team travel with the Birds to ensure the same dietary requirements are met wherever guys are. In fact, being able to provide the controlled menu is a requirement for any hotel. The pressure!
Have mayonnaise, will travel. That was the motto of the food staff who accompanied the team to London in 2018 to play the Jacksonville Jaguars. The comforts of home were shipped ahead of time, so on gameday at Wembley Stadium, there were a few familiar (jars) faces.
If you are an athlete on any level, this episode will give you some ideas of how you can eat to win, even if it's a victory of getting off the sofa!
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