REVEALED: What Travis Kelce, Patrick Mahomes and their Chiefs teammates eat before game day and how many calories an NFL player actually consumes

Kansas City Chiefs nutritionist Leslie Bonci has lifted the lid on what the likes of Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes eat before an NFL game – and the answer is a surprising one.

NFL stars need to fuel themselves in the right way to ensure they’re at the top of the game by the time they step on to the field, meaning teams employ nutritionists like Bonci to keep their players in tip-top condition.

Yet in an interview with Bet Kansas, the Chiefs dietitian revealed that Kansas City stars usually demand breakfast foods such as French toast, waffles and pancakes before a game – even if they’re playing in the evening.

‘A lot of guys at the Chiefs love fish,’ she said. ‘BBQ food is right up there with burnt ends like brisket and the charred part as well as ribs but that’s a meal in the middle of a week not on gameday.

They want an egg sandwich, pancakes, waffle or French Toast. Not many of the players are eating an enormous amount of food before a game.

‘We do have steak, pasta, chicken and sandwiches as well as French Toast and we have this abundance of food so players can come in and think “what shall I eat”. What we don’t want is players doing a U-turn and having a missed fueling opportunity so kudos to our executive chefs.

During a week of practice and gym sessions, the Super Bowl champions keep themselves ticking over with protein as well as salads and carbohydrates.

‘It is normally fish and chicken for our team for meals during the week,’ Bonci continued. ‘Red meat comes in at a third but it’s not just protein, there are Caesar salads, potatoes are a big one and also rice and pasta.