Can eating like Tom Brady make you a superstar athlete? (Photo: Getty Images)
Eating like Tom Brady has suddenly become a little easier.
The fitness company owned by the superstar quarterback for the New England Patriots, TB12, has just released a line of snacks that are fit for an A-lister since all of the options are raw, vegan, organic, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
So we had to ask … do the nutritional facts behind these items qualify as a touchdown?
“Wow, if every American who watches Tom play football actually snacked like he does, it would be a huge improvement!” Kate Geagan, MS, RDN, author of Go Green Get Lean: Trim Your Waistline With the Ultimate Low-Carbon Footprint Diet, tells Yahoo Beauty. “Without having actually tasted anything — and I wish I had before commenting — I give his snacks a few high marks.”
Geagan points to the nutrient-dense ingredients that fulfill a hungry, health-conscious person’s needs. “Portable, portion controlled, organic, plant-based, raw, gluten-free and free of unnecessary additives or fillers,” she states. “They also deliver a combination of protein and heart-healthy fats, which help give snacks staying power.”
She also gives the thumbs-up for creative savory combos — “Ranch and buffalo nuts? Brilliant health upgrade to flavors his fans crave!”— as well as for the resealable biodegradable packaging, which is made from rice paper. “Cleaner on the inside and out.”
“According to the ingredients list, this snack line appears to be whole-food based with the main ingredients being a mix of nuts or seeds, providing a good source of healthy fats, protein, and fiber,” she tells Yahoo Beauty. “Since most varieties contain this mixture, these snack options should provide a feeling of satiety and promote stabilized blood sugar levels to help fight cravings.”
Both dietitians suggest Brady snackers just keep score of the sugar count.
“From apple juice to coconut palm sugar to agave, there are some added refined sweeteners in there,” says Geagan. “If you’re active and running around all day like Tom, your muscles are actually more efficient at handling added sugars.”
She adds that the Dark Cocoa Coconut — which is lower in protein and fiber and higher in added sugars compared to the other options — “is more of a sweet treat” to be enjoyed occasionally rather than “a daily snack.”
“Although the snack line is low in added sugar, some varieties do contain agave, nectar, and dark chocolate,” concurs Palinski-Wade. “For someone limiting added sugars, the best bet would be to consume the varieties with limited added sugars or where added sugar is not part of the top five ingredients.”
And while the price tag is hefty, costing $50 for 12 individual-sized bags — chalk it up to the wholesome ingredients and the Brady factor — both experts agree that Tom Terrific’s variety snack pack deserves the MVP award.
“Overall, I think these snacks provide a winning combo,” states Geagan.
“As with any snack option, selecting whole, unprocessed foods — such as fresh fruit with a handful of nuts or seeds — is always the best choice, but this snack line can certainly fill a role in a well-balanced diet,” concludes Palinski-Wade. “As a dietitian and parent, I would not hesitate to enjoy this snack line for myself, my family, and my clients.”
Apparently Brady’s fans agree, as the line of vegan snacks sold out in less than two days, the Daily News is reporting.