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Eating like a champion

by Leah Pascarella / Chicago Blackhawks

What does it take to be a Stanley Cup Champion? GQ Magazine caught up with Swedish defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to see how he fuels his body during the hockey season. Hjalmarsson said he doesn’t go on a special diet, but does keep his meals consistent throughout the playoffs.

“I try to think smart and if there’s anything special I do, I drink a lot of juices,” he said.

From omelets to steak, everything stays the same from the start of the playoffs up until the finish line: “You eat the same kind of food for two months and it gets pretty old, but you have to refuel your body. You eat as much as you can, but it’s a struggle.”

However, he does vary his lunch menu, as his wife is the one that does the cooking. She cooks traditional Swedish meals, which are usually heavy on starch and protein.

During the summer, Hjalmarsson heads back to Sweden and goes right for the pizza.

“Right after the season I take three weeks without caring at all what I eat, just to get rid of that craving," he said. "So after those three weeks I can just focus on working out and being healthy.”

Check out Niklas Hjalmarsson’s playoff menu:

Breakfast
Three-egg omelet with onion and chorizo
Greek yogurt and berries
Juice made from spinach, kale and romaine lettuce

Lunch
Beef/pork meatballs with lingonberry jam and mashed potatoes

Afternoon Juices
Watermelon, mint and turmeric
Carrot and jalapeño
Pineapple, pomegranate and ginger

Dinner
Steak
Salad

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