Raising the Heat
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We’re gearing up for this weekend’s NBA All-Star Game by catching up with Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade. We got the inside dish about the science behind Wade’s diet from the All-Star himself and his personal chef of six years, Richard Ingraham.
Ingraham exercises his culinary muscle with a fresh homemade pasta of rice flour, whole wheat flour, carrots, beets and spinach. Aside from the obvious health benefits of the customized mix, the pasta is a creative way to make sure Wade gets his daily serving of one of his least favorite food groups: vegetables … “I try to include all the different things that can help his body fight bacteria and be able to perform like he needs to,” notes Ingraham. Spooned atop the pasta, the chef’s homemade red sauce contains not only tomatoes, basil, garlic and thyme but also puréed zucchini plus an uncommon addition: fresh ginger, a strong antioxidant known for its ability to relieve muscle and joint pain and decrease inflammation.
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to read more about Wade’s pre- and post-game meals, plus what restaurant he turns to for a fast food splurge.