The meal NFL star Lamar Jackson always eats before a big game

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson must be doing something right…

Jackson says the tradition started in high school in Boynton Beach, Florida, when his team would have pasta nights before every Friday night game.

“They say [pasta] helps your brain,” Jackson says.

“I feel like I go out with a level head and I can think” after eating carbohydrates, he says.

Indeed, carbohydrates are the body’s preferred energy source, according to Torey Armul, registered dietitian and spokesperson for the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They provide quick fuel that’s easily digestible. Many endurance athletes and bodybuilders “carb up” before a competition to boost performance.

NFL star Lamar Jackson’s meal:

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