Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson is a real meat and potato guy. The NFL veteran, drafted in the first round by Philadelphia in 2013, eats a version of this classic combo for dinner at least two to three times a week, according to his personal chef Justin Massie.
“I try to spice things up a little bit on the dishes that he really likes,” says Massie, a California Culinary Academy graduate who worked as a chef at restaurants at Newark Airport before joining the culinary department of a New Jersey hospital until March 2021 directed.
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At the time, he met with longtime friend Gabe Rangel, a former Marine and athletic trainer to Johnson and other pros, and vowed to cook meals that not only taste good but also meet the nutritional needs of a six-foot-tall, 325-pound man match heavy NFL offensive lineman.
During the season, Rangel and Massie work together to ensure Johnson is consuming about one gram of protein per pound of body weight, which equates to about 300 grams of protein and 4,000 calories a day.
During the season, Massie spends an average of $300 to $500 a week on groceries (“Trader Joe’s”, “Wegman’s”, “Whole Foods” and “Costco” are some of his main shopping sources). All meals are prepared in Johnson’s kitchen in Moorestown, New Jersey, about 30 minutes from the Eagles’ home.
“The ingredients don’t skimp on quality or price,” says Massie. Free-range chickens, grass-fed meats, sea salt, anti-inflammatory oils, organic fruits and vegetables—everything is selected to ensure Johnson gets the maximum health benefit from each food.
Fried chicken with gravy and mashed potatoes is one of Johnson’s favorite dishes, and Massie simply swapped it out for a healthier, higher-quality version than the usual buttery dinner.
“Instead of all-purpose flour, I bread the steak with healthier flours like rice, oats, or quinoa, and fry it in avocado oil instead of vegetable or peanut oil,” he says.
“And for the sauce, I make a sauce out of cashew nuts to increase the protein content, add a few bits of bacon and season with the same spices.
Massie has no plans to change his diet anytime soon — Johnson hasn’t given up a sack (stumbled quarterback) since Nov. 22, 2020, a dominant streak spanning 29 games and nearly 2,000 plays.
Now that the Eagles are in the Super Bowl, Massie will continue to steer clear of the two ingredients his client doesn’t want to eat: onions and peppers.
Here’s a typical Lane Johnson meal plan:
LUNCH: Fried Chicken BLT Sandwich
DINNER: meat and potatoes
DESSERT: Calorie-rich protein shake
This article was written by Jamie Lisanti
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The original of this article “4000 calories, 300 grams of protein a day! NFL star shows crazy menu” comes from Sports Illustrated Germany.