New Orleans’s Saint’s QB: Drew Brees is Gluten, Dairy & Egg Free

Looks like Drew Brees, the winning quarterback of Super Bowl XLIV, won’t be on the front of a Wheaties box anytime soon.

Brees is allergic to wheat & gluten, as well as eggs and dairy.

Full of spirit and spunk, this winning quarterback is a role-model in showing those with food allergies and intolerances what can be achieved with determination and persistence.

So I got to thinking… what does a gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free sports superstar eat? With a little research I found a Sports Illustrated article from January 2007 that details a typical nongame day meal plan that Drew may eat. It looks something like this:

7:30 a.m. Two wheat- and gluten-free waffles or pancakes. Four strips bacon or two links sausage. Side of corn grits or potato hash browns. A peach, pear or four slices of cantaloupe or honeydew.

Mid-morning (postworkout) AdvoCare recovery shake. About 10 ounces and 230 calories, it’s vitamin-packed and high in soy protein. He drinks a second shake in the afternoon after the Saints practice.

2 p.m. Grilled chicken breast or grilled redfish fillet with a side of rice or green beans. Or shrimp and sausage gumbo.

7 p.m. “I love the New Orleans flavor,” says Brees. “We go out a lot.” A typical restaurant order: turtle soup, shrimp rémoulade and fried green tomatoes, green beans, spinach or broccoli. At home Brittany often makes wheat- and gluten-free pasta with marinara sauce, with a soyburger chopped in it. “She’s big on soy products,” says Brees. “I’ll have soy milk, soy yogurt, soybeans.”

9 p.m. XanGo mangosteen fruit-based juice. “I just take it out of the fridge and chugalug three ounces. It’s supposed to have a lot of antioxidants.”


Drew, cheers and congratulations from the whole gluten-free and allergen-free community on your super Super Bowl win!

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11 Responses to “New Orleans’s Saint’s QB: Drew Brees is Gluten, Dairy & Egg Free”

  1. Cara Says:

    That’s pretty cool! 🙂

  2. Shirley Wachholz Says:

    Congradulations Drew and thanks for sharing.

  3. Terri Says:

    Haha! That’s great! From now on, every time I eat some of my favorite dairy-free So Delicious soy yogurt, I’ll think of Drew Brees and feel just like a superstar.

  4. Johnita Says:

    Hi Drew,
    Was interesting to see you are gluten free. all our products are gluten, soy, egg and dairy free, I would like to send you a free sample if you’d like. Great win last night I really enjoyed seeing this happen. Congradulations Johnita

  5. Ashley Says:

    So is it celiac, or is he just doing the trendy diet thing?

  6. Nikki C Says:

    Thanks for sharing. I have a celiac son whose name is Drew and he was excited to hear this story.



  8. Lindsey Says:

    It is great to know that my son who has gluten, dairy, and soy allergies will have such a great role model growing up! Although I’m a Colts fan, that is very inspiring! 😉

  9. Barbara G. Says:

    Hi…I too have celiac disease AND was just diagnosed with the dairy protein and egg white allergy!!
    Definitely not fun! No, not a “trendy diet” choice.

  10. Giovanna Says:

    First of all, what a game on Sunday!!!!! Having traveled to New Orleans many moons ago, how I loved the City, food, and people, how I cheered with each play that brought us closer to the Win!!!! Drew, this was great win for you, the team and the City of New Orleans!!! My husband was diagnosed with Celiac’s a year ago and his first Super Bowl without the traditional pizza, beer and unhealthy junk went out the window, though I quickly found foods that were healthier and tasty to fill the void. To your continued good health Drew and thanks for showing all that good health takes effort and it can be achieved with dedication, and then the sky’s the limit. Health, happiness and peace, my wish for all,


  11. Stacy Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! Very inspiring to read this!

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