- Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce is one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history.
- The 6-foot-5, 260-pound superstar needs about 4,000 calories to fuel his body each day.
- Quench that huge craving with tons of protein, sweets, and snacks.
Travis Kelce is hungry for more than just touchdowns.
The 6-foot-5, 260-pound superstar tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs requires an absurd amount of grub to fuel his efforts to stand out on the football field. During a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Kelce confirmed that he eats “about 4,000” calories every day.
In comparison, men in their age range typically need between 2,200 and 3,000 calories per day, according to the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
But how, exactly, does Halla na Laoch place in the future all its insurmountable desire? We got answers from his personal chef childhood friend, Mama Kelce and Papa Kelce, and from the man himself.
Kelce’s protein-rich diet can be described as ‘healthy steakhouse cuisine’
Back in 2016, the tight end asked his longtime friend, Kumar Ferguson, to help him get a handle on his diet and nutrition so he can improve how he plays football. The old truck driver answered the call; he resigned and went to Kansas City.
Ferguson takes the job very seriously, and told Startland News that “everything about Travis’ diet and what we do is intentional.”
“Everything is fuel, comfort, hydration, nutrition. There is a purpose behind every dish,” Ferguson said. “You go into the grocery store with that mindset. You go into the kitchen with that mindset. You put that intention into the food and then hope it translates into optimized health.”
Ferguson described his approach to Kelce’s diet as “healthy steakhouse art” with “steaks, chops, chicken, and things like that.” The tight end loves a good filet most of all, Chef Ku told Startland News.
Sure enough, Kelce ordered a “coffee-rubbed dry-aged filet, Caesar salad (keep the anchovies), a side of ‘triple-cooked’ fries, and a glass of water” when he and WSJ writer JR Moehringer eating at a steakhouse. in downtown Kansas City. And after joining global superstar Taylor Swift on tour in Buenos Aires, Kelce praised the pair’s “good food” south of the equator during an episode of the podcast , “New Heights,” which he co-hosts with his brother, Philadelphia Eagles starting center Jason Kelce.
“We had some empanadas and steak,” Kelce said. “They’re big on different cuts of meat. Got some good steak down there, man.”
Kelce’s diet these days isn’t too far from what he ate when he lived at home in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. On an episode of “New Heights,” their father, Ed, insisted that the brothers “ate meat, protein with every meal.”
His mom, Donna, told Food and Wine that she fed her sons “a lot of chicken, meat, pasta, a lot of carbs” which they washed down with gallons of milk. She also told Moehringer that her sons would “sit down and eat whole chickens” as teenagers.
Although he has cleaned up his diet in recent years, Kelce still enjoys junk food
According to their father, who joined his son on an episode of “New Heights,” the Kelce brothers ate plenty of Hamburger Helper and Bagel Bites throughout their childhood. The family also regularly ordered in from Georgio’s Oven Fresh Pizza, a local pizza chain in Northeast Ohio, Ed said.
Years later and more than 1,000 miles east, the younger Kelce brother is still able to “get some kind of pizza to the house” when he hosts friends and family for home games in Kansas City , he told Inside Hook. Sometimes, he even chooses to “ask a food truck to stop by,” he told the outlet.
Kelce isn’t above eating fast food from time to time, either. He and Jason ranked their favorite burgers from popular drive-thru segments on “New Heights,” and the Chiefs star picked the Burger King Whopper, Wendy’s Baconator, and In-N-Out Double-Double as his top three , respectively. They can hold the mayo and the onion, as far as it goes.
He likes fast food breakfast, too. A McDonald’s ad aired during the 2020 Super Bowl revealed that Kelce’s order from the Golden Arches was a McGriddle, two sausage McMuffins with eggs, a hashdon, and a cup of black coffee.
He has a rather prominent sweet tooth
Kelce’s diet may look delicious, but the big man loves to indulge in sugar whenever he can.
He was very open about the fact that “every pregame meal since I’ve been on the Chiefs has been French toast and strawberries,” as he told Inside Hook in 2022. Moehringer also wrote in his WSJ profile that Kelce is able to part to eat. French toast “drizzled with whipped cream and syrup.”
The eight-time Pro Bowler’s love for sweets transcends the breakfast table, however. His mother told Food and Wine that her younger son loves any dessert that has white chocolate in it. She also remembered whipping up “marshmallow rolls” for her boys when they were children.
“You put a marshmallow in the middle of a crescent roll dough with cinnamon sugar and when you bake them the marshmallow turns into a sweet coating on the inside,” Mama Kelce told Food and Wine. “Fine then, but just casual fun.”
The Chiefs star has even turned to sweets during NFL games. According to Mashed, Kelce would sometimes eat a handful of gummy bears to give him energy during the final minutes of play.
He has since found a healthier, albeit sweet, alternative to Haribos. Kelce and a co-owner founded a line of nutritional performance gummies called Hilo that he now leans on as an end-game booster.
Believe it or not, there are some foods that Kelce doesn’t like
Sure, Kelce has a pretty healthy appetite. But that doesn’t mean he’ll just eat anything; he has choices just like anyone else.
During his dad’s appearance on “New Heights,” Kelce pushed back on the idea that he regularly ate vegetables growing up. He certainly gave the impression that he didn’t want to eat anything green, and he mentioned spinach as a food he eats because it’s good for him.
Kelce does not eat foods housed in some kind of “casing”, such as hot dogs and sausage links. He admitted on an episode of “New Heights” that tube meat freaks him out, with Polish Boys – a sausage sandwich native to Cleveland – being his one exception.
And while he’s not overtly anti-ketchup, Kelce certainly isn’t as enthusiastic as his good friend and quarterback, Patrick Mahomes. While the two-time NFL MVP will put just about anything in ketchup, his favorite target finds it “really embarrassing” that he’ll use the condiment on eggs and various other foods, as Kelce told Inside Hook .