A typical diet of a football player at Boise State Broncos

Nutrition of a football player is a key aspect of a successful athlete. With its bodies nearly as big as its tackles, football might be the sport with the most obvious connection to food. But whereas the emphasis was once on eating to increase the size of an offensive lineman, balanced meals and performance-based nutrition of a football player have now risen to the forefront.

Here is an average meal plan for an NCAA Div 1 University player. For many of the players on the line, the goal is to eat 5,000-6,000 calories a day to maintain their size, but also not to put on bad weight. Fueling your body with the right ingredients is important regardless the level you are playing at.

Breakfast

Two bagel sandwiches with ham and cheese

two apples

Snack 1

Three large handfuls of grapes

one cup of granola

Lunch

Baked potato with low-fat sour cream,

a can of chili

and a pint of milk

Snack 2

One pint of chocolate milk

or protein shake

Dinner

Two chicken patties or salmon patties on wheat buns with cheese,

three cups of oven fries

a can of green beans

Snack 3

Four oatmeal cookies

 pint of milk

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