The former Stanford star trains hard in the gym to be successful on the field, but off of it he has the same intensity when it comes to his diet and nutrition. With his scruffy beard and 6’4”, 240-pound frame, Luck resembles a lumberjack in his football uniform, but he packs his body with what he needs to stay muscular, agile, and in shape. The Colts quarterback uses BodyArmor sports drinks when he trains, and he says it helps him get the nutrients he needs to stay strong after expending so much energy.
Luck says that he makes sure to get in a big breakfast every morning—a mix of eggs, oatmeal, yogurt, and potatoes does the trick—and he fuels up later in the day with a dose of protein, including favorites like chicken, steak, and fish. Luck says that the big breakfast is essential to getting through his workouts and practices: “Eating right helps you on the field and it’s huge for me in the gym too,” he says.
Here is a look at some of the foods that Luck relies on to fuel his NFL success.
Luck starts off his day with a big breakfast and that often means some eggs—scrambled or in an omelette. The quarterback will mix in some cheese or vegetables with his eggs to add some calcium, vitamins, potassium, and dietary fiber. The eggs gives Luck protein, vitamins, zinc, and healthy fats—just what he needs to help get through a day of football.
Luck often will have some oatmeal or yogurt with his eggs, adding some fruit into both to give him some extra nutrients. Oatmeal has calcium, potassium, and fiber, which helps with cholesterol and keeping your blood sugar in check. The yogurt gives Luck another source of protein and contains vitamins, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Luck likes using banana in his yogurt, which gives him a big dose of potassium.
When Luck is craving a snack—or when he wants to add something else to his yogurt—he reaches for some nuts, especially almonds. They offer healthy fats, as well as protein, fiber, magnesium, and vitamins. Plus, nuts help reduce blood pressure and hunger—which can be important if you’re trying to get through a game or a practice.
When it comes to dinner time, Luck will go for some protein, including chicken, fish, and steak. A nice cut of steak gives Luck a big dose of protein, plus it provides iron, B vitamins, and zinc. Luck tries to eat as much produce and meat from Indiana farms that he can: "I like to support the local famers around Indianapolis."
Chicken is another good supply of protein for Luck—plus it has a number of vitamins and minerals to help the quarterback stay in shape. It offers selenium, vitamin B6, amino acids, and breast cuts are low in saturated fat too. Luck likes to pair his chicken with sweet potatoes—he loves ‘em—or rice, along with some steamed vegetables.
Luck loves to eat sweet potatoes and often adds them as a side dish with his lunch or dinner. Sweet potatoes offer a big dose of nutrients and healthy benefits, including dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium.
When Luck is in the mood to go all out, he’ll pick up a massive hamburger or cheeseburger for dinner. Even though Luck considers this a cheat day meal, a burger has its benefits too. Red meat has protein, zinc, vitamin B12, and folate.
Luck uses BODYARMOR sports drinks when he trains and when he's working hard in practice with the Colts: "During and after practice I like to drink it. I think it hydrates you better, makes you feel better afterwards. I’m a fan of the potassium and electrolytes, I'm probably drinking two a day while working out—one during the workout and then one afterwards," Luck says.The Andrew Luck Interview >>>