Superheroes, humans with powers beyond what any ordinary man or woman possesses, have the weight of the world on their shoulders. Surely they have an extensive fitness regimen to keep them in tip-top shape, but what do our favorite men of might eat that gives them the fuel they need to keep the world safe? Well, since we'll be meeting a slew of crime-fighting hunks this summer, let's break down what these comic book kings most likely feast on for overall health and fitness!
Spiderman -- Well, spidey is only part spider, so insects are just not enough in the nutrient department to keep him so limber. Seeing as how he needs to be light enough to swing from building to building, lean enough to fit in his body-hugging suit and flexible enough to crouch and flip at will, it seems that Spiderman's diet is one heavy in good fats and high in fiber and lean protein. To keep trim, Peter Parker probably loves avocados and stir-fried veggies cooked in a light coconut oil. These good fats flush the body of HDL's (bad fats), keeping his system clean and efficient. Parker most definitely loves his fruit and veggies to keep him regular and healthy while the lean proteins, perhaps from legumes, nuts and seeds keep his muscles and joints in proper working order.
Batman -- The well-to-do bachelor turned crime-fighter is more of an intellectual than an athlete. Sure, he's great at martial arts, but Bruce Wayne is all mental focus, always one step ahead of the villains. To keep his brain sharp, the Dark Knight's diet is high in omega-3s as well as colorful, antioxidant vegetables. Surely he starts his morning with a powerful smoothie rich in fresh fruit, flax and a killer protein powder made of raw foods and tons of amino acids. His meals always include freshly steamed vegetables such as sweet potatoes, kale and even some seaweed, all rich in nutrients. He loves brown rice pasta, as the good carbs are good for energy and the tomato sauce is filled with lycopene, great for his heart, mind and eyes. I'm pretty sure Bruce and Iron Man have the same nutritionist and personal chef.
G.I. Joe -- The most human of them all, he is THE All American Soldier. Ripped with muscles, Joe can out-pushup anyone. In order to build and keep such a manly physique, Joe steers clear of processed foods, simple sugars and carbohydrates, oils and stimulants. He is a clean machine that feasts on protein and vegetables with a light smattering of good carbs such as brown rice and quinoa. He eats five small meals a day, perfectly balanced, and wholesomely nutritious. His choice of lean protein is cooked without oil and always grilled, never fried. His veggies, lightly steamed, perhaps water-sauteed in garlic. This soldier eats to live, he doesn't live to eat. I'm willing to bet the G.I. and Thor have a lot in common when it comes to diet.
The Hulk -- This green guy with an anger problem most likely eats like G.I. Joe but really hits the green veggies hard. His morning smoothie is probably chock full of spirulina, chlorophyll, kale, celery and every green veggie he can get his giant hands on. In order to keep his nice green hue, he's getting it from the inside out, along with some high-quality lean protein.
Have fun this summer with all the superhero summer blockbusters as well as cooking up some healthy and delicious superhero eats!
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