ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Athletes go through all kinds of dietary hurdles in an effort to stay healthy, to stay strong, to stay on the court or field as long as possible and still be as effective as possible. I’ve seen NBA players ingest all sorts of stuff after games, from protein shakes to pizzas. And while you’d figure most guys could eat whatever they want after playing an NBA game, considering that they just ran a couple of miles, some players are more strict about what they eat than others.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that one of the guys who is most observant about what goes into his body is Kobe Bryant, one of the game’s most ardent competitors. In this story from ESPN’s Baxter Holmes, we learn Kobe carefully monitors every meal (unlike the 2002 Kobe eating a pregame hamburger in the photo above). And the super food Kobe eats that helps with strength and recovery?
Soup. Well, not just any boxed broth, but bone broth. As Holmes writes…
Bone broth has quietly but steadily become a daily staple of Bryant’s diet over the past three years. It’s the foundation of his pregame meal at home and on the road, and the Lakers put in long hours to make sure it’s carefully prepared for him at all times.
“I’ve been doing the bone broth for a while now,” Bryant said. “It’s great – energy, inflammation. It’s great.”
Bone broth isn’t new, but it has gone mainstream. The New York Times wrote last week that it has evolved from “prehistoric food to Paleo drink.” New York City chef Marco Canora recently opened a storefront window in the East Village where it’s served in coffee cups.
The Lakers’ bone broth revolution began when Shanahan, a devout believer in what she calls its “magical” powers, became a consulting nutritionist for the team in the 2012-13 season, working with players remotely, often via Skype or phone. Others on the team’s training/nutrition side soon became believers, too.
“Everybody is looking for a magical elixir or some cure-all,” said Tim DiFrancesco, the Lakers’ head strength and conditioning coach, “but bone broth is where it’s at.”
Really interesting stuff. Be right back, gonna go make some soup.