It takes a lot of hard work for a professional football player to stay fit and healthy.
For the Washington Redskins, the team has two individuals who ensure the guys are able to eat right on a daily basis: executive chef Jon Mathieson and team dietician Rob Skinner.
On Saturday, Mathieson and Skinner were special guests at the annual NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo in Washington, D.C., where they demonstrated a meal that they would cook for Redskins players at the team’s cafeteria in Loudoun County, Va.
Mathieson cooked up a Cobia entrée with broccoli raab, shitake mushrooms and Farrell grains, offering a variety of vegetables, which he joked are sometimes difficult to feed to hungry football players.
“It was a typical dish we’d do at the park for the players and coaches,” Mathieson said. “You want to use some green vegetables, get a great starch, and a nice piece of fish or meat on the lean side.”
While he cooked, Skinner described his duties taking nutritional care of the team and took questions about types of foods being used as well as ways to help dieting. For him, the expo demonstration is a way to educate others about eating well and an opportunity to keep his expertise sharp.
“I like getting asked questions shotgun style so that I can make sure I’m still on top of my game,” Skinner said. “If somebody says, ‘How many grams of this?’ I’ve got the answers for them. So I prep for this by looking up all the ingredients and reminding myself… It’s enjoyable for me.”
He also shared some intriguing tips about cutting out sweets.
“Taste experts say that after three bites of a dessert, technically you can’t taste the difference,” he said. “So if you can take those three bites and push it away or share it with a friend you’ll be better off.”
You can read more about the event by clicking here — which includes a full photo gallery — but here’s a social media recap from @Redskins:
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