NBA star Ben Simmons’ impressive day on a plate

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Australian NBA star Ben Simmons, isn’t just a three-time All-Star and playmaker for the Philadelphia 76ers. In his ‘spare’ time (between training, travelling, games and repeat) the 24-year-old also adds philanthropy to his packed schedule — with this year’s launch of the Ben Simmons Family Foundation — but with a daily focus on fuelling his body for success on the basketball court, it’s a wonder how he finds the time for it all.

Recently we spoke to Simmons to find out what his typical day on a plate looks like, and you’ll be interested to know it’s packed with chef-made dishes, buttermilk pancakes and Aussie-inspired meals — chicken parma, included!

The Ben Simmons Family Foundation has partnered with The Woolmark Company to develop a limited edition, high-performance Merino wool t-shirt (pictured) that will see all proceeds from the sales of the t-shirt go towards the BSFF. (The Woolmark Company)

Breakfast

Mini homemade buttermilk pancakes with pure maple syrup, organic fried eggs, maple bacon from Whole Foods, always fruit and I love passionfruit; it really reminds me of home. I also ALWAYS have one of my mum’s famous banana milkshakes most mornings, extra thick. 

Mid-morning snacks

It depends on where I’m at, usually at that time I am at the training facility. I’ll always grab a piece of fruit or protein shake if I’m feeling hungry mid-morning. 

Ben Simmons during the first quarter against the Boston Celtics at Wells Fargo Center on January 22, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Getty)

Lunch

I have a great guy, Chef Graham, who prepares my food for me, so every day is different with lunch and dinner — he is always creating different options. Growing up in Australia we are surrounded by so many different types of cuisines and I grew up experiencing all of them. A lunch for me can be anywhere from a grass-fed beef burger on a brioche bun, to Middle Eastern lamb kabobs with couscous or a chicken parma (but the best chicken parma is back home for sure). 

Afternoon snacks

Usually a fruit plate. 

Dinner

I really like surf and turf; my favourite is grilled Aussie lamb chops with a lobster risotto, or lamb cutlets with mash (like my mum would make). When I went to school at LSU I was introduced to crawfish boils, and they are one of my favourite dinners. Graham will overnight [get] crawfish from the Bayou and cook them with sausage, potatoes and corn on the cob — my friends and I love it — I can eat pounds and pounds of that.

Dessert

I have a sweet tooth, so love my desserts. One of my favourites is a caramel slice or just a simple chocolate chip cookie. 

Simmons against the Boston Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center on January 20, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Getty)

On game day, what changes do you make to your diet?  

I will eat my regular breakfast and then in the afternoon (if it’s a night game) I’ll eat a salad with protein; I like a mixed green salad with goat’s cheese, candied pecans, dried cranberries, parmesan crisps and fresh balsamic vinaigrette with grilled pasture-raised chicken breast — I like to stay feeling light on game day. I am always focused on drinking my smart water as well, I have to stay hydrated. 

When training, how do you like to fuel your body?  

My diet doesn’t drastically change at any point of the year, I eat always with a focus on fuelling my body for performance. I am constantly trying to get enough calories to keep my weight and muscle mass high during the season, but with the amount of running and sweating we do that’s always a challenge. 

How does your diet vary during offseason?

During the offseason I’m giving my body time to heal, rejuvenate and then also get ready for the next season. I try really hard to consume a lot more calories during the offseason to help with building muscle. 

“My family and I launched my foundation [BSFF] this year, with our mission being to make change by removing the barriers to an equal future,” he says of his latest endeavor. (The Woolmark Company)

The Ben Simmons x Woolmark merino wool T-shirts are available exclusively on HBX.com with 100 per cent of all profits going to the Ben Simmons Family Foundation.

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