The Superhero Diet

Published in Every Day with Rachael Ray July/August 2012
The Superhero Diet

Spiderman and Batman are both soaring into movie theatres this summer. They’re buff, tough and ready to kick some serious butt – but doesn’t saving the planet have them starving? Arizona-based dierttian Karen Graham breaks down how much food one day in their super lifestyles would require. The short answer is: a lot.

 

 

 

Spider-Man (aka Peter Parker)

Height: 5’10”
Weight: 167lbs

To lift up to 10 tons: Peter requires lots and lots of protein to maintain his Spidey strength. 12 eggs, 3 turkey legs, 3 salmon fillets and 7 breasts a day.

To outrun a fast car: This superhero gets revved up with energizing, high quality carbs like 12 sweet potatoes, 5 cups brown rice and 10 cups oatmeal.

To scale buildings and swing from webs: He gets all his stamina from non stop snacking: 5 bananas, 5 oranges, 5 cups broccoli and 15 cups raw spinach.

Estimated daily calorie intake: 19,052

Batman (aka Bruce Wayne)

Height: 6’2″
Weight: 210lbs

To run Wayne Enterprises and hack into computers: This job is all about optimal brain function, so he needs foods high in omega-3s: 2 salmon fillets, 1 cup walnuts and 2oz. chia seeds.

To keep up his muscle-building regimen: Holy protein, Batman! To build muscle, he’ll want 2 chicken breasts, 6 eggs, 1 cup walnuts, 2 salmon fillets, 2 cups broccoli and 2 cups spinach.

To defeat villains in hand-to-hand combat: High fiber carbs – like 2 cups oatmeal and 2 bananas will booast his energy.

Estimated daily calorie intake: 4,826