Southern food: pork chops, ribs, chicken and more. Heavy meats. But despite being proud of Texas, the diet of Brooklyn Nets star DeAndre Jordan is (surprisingly) plant-based. In the latest installment of Eat Like, we met with the star of the upcoming Cooking Clean (released on May 30 on PlayersTV) to learn how the 32-year-old finds his source of protein when meat comes off the table .
It’s been three years since Jordan adopted an herbal diet and he (and his body) love it. “It’s something that has been an important part of my life, on and off the basketball court,” he told Men’s Health.
Breakfast is pretty simple for the basketball star – some herbal eggs and vegetables. “Spinach, mushrooms, onions … they try to get me to eat tomatoes even though I’m not the big fan.”
After practice, when your body needs to refuel, your lunch is a side salad and a salty Beyond Burger (your words, not ours). “I find Beyond to be very tasty,” he said. “I think it’s very tasty, tasty, so it’s definitely an important part of my diet.”
As for dinner, it’s more salad (this time, a larger serving) and pasta with more Beyond Burger added. Sometimes the pasta is simple, other times, it adds vegetables and a meatless bolognese sauce.
And, just like us, ordinary people, Jordan also has his pitfalls, even though he doesn’t crave cakes or ice cream as expected. “I’m a great type of waffles with peanut butter in the snow,” he said. “Lunch or dinner: pizza. I try to follow the gluten-free route, but if they don’t have one, bring them gluten.”
Oh, and don’t forget about the cookies. No one, not even this 6’11 basketball player, can resist the temptation of some chocolate chip cookies.
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