Athlete’s Cookbook: Episode 2—How Sue Bird’s Lasagna Went “Bizarro” | Nike

Athlete’s Cookbook: Episode 2—How Sue Bird’s Lasagna Went “Bizarro” | Nike


– Mmm. I feel like I could dribble, shoot and pass! I’m James Davis, and I’m an
actor, comedian, and writer. Never thought much about eating healthy until my body let me know, “Hey, sucka, “it’s time to start thinking
about eating healthy!” Now I’m on a mission to
learn how the best athletes in the world fuel their training
with healthy, simple food. Because it turns out,
every job is like a sport. And every meal counts! The Sue Bird, one of the
greatest point guards in the history of basketball. Two-time NCAA Champion,
three-time WNBA Champion, four-time Olympic Champion, and she’s been dominating
the game for almost 20 years. Bring it on, Sue! We’re playing horse?
– [Sue] H-O-R-S. – I don’t have an S. No one has an S yet.
– Yeah, you do! – When?
– Yeah! You missed a three! – Okay, so, okay. It’s one jumper, through the
pull up bars, to the hoop. Air ball. – [James] Aww. Okay, okay, not as easy as it looks. Aww. I don’t even know what that fruit, vegetable is.
– Oh, man. That’s kinda disappointing. I’m not actually that surprised. Not a lot of people
use this in their life. It is spaghetti squash. Chop it in half, you place
it down, you bake it. When you flip it actually comes
out like spaghetti strands. That’s what you’re gonna be doing. So you literally take this into the dish and just scrape down and
you’ll see what happens. – Looks like the inside of a pumpkin. – Yeah, it’s actually,yeah. – If you’re not a big squash fan, how did you discover a, what is this? Apple squash, what is this? – Spaghetti squash! You know, I’m not a heavy squash person. If it was like, “Happy birthday, James, “what do you want for your birthday meal?” I wouldn’t be like, “Squash!” – I hit, like, 34 and I felt like I
was plateauing a little bit. I was like, well what can I
do? what haven’t I done? What can I change? And diet was a big part of that. And thus, spaghetti squash in my life. Hit the stove up. We’ll throw some oil in. Cook the chicken sausage, get that going. Once that starts to brown,
we’ll add the veggies. The beauty of it is, you can pick what over veggies you want. – is that egg?
– Yeah, that comes at the end. – Oh, okay, okay. – You’ll see what happens with that later. – Just making sure that
wasn’t some new vegetable that I didn’t know about.
– No, no, no. – Do you think because
you’ve traveled so much for your career, that it’s
made you a more diverse eater? – Yeah, absolutely. In Russia, one of my first
months, we had a team meal. Kinda looked like bizarre
roast beef or something, I was like, “What’s that?” They’re like, “Oh, cow tongue.” I was like, “mmmkay.” So I tried it. – My family’s from Little Rock, Arkansas. I also have had cow tongue, as well as pickled pig feet. And a lot of–
– I don’t mind pig feet. – Chitterlings, chitlins? – Chitlins, I’ve had chitlins. – Do you mind ’em?
– Not… That was…
– Chitlins are bad. – Chitlins are bad. – If someone told me like– – I totally respect–
– I don’t! – Well if you grew up with–
– I don’t. – No, no, I get that some of my teammates, they’re like, “No, this
is what we grew up with, “This is what Thanksgiving means to us.” I was like, I totally respect this, this
is like poop in your mouth, I’m sorry, that’s what it tastes like, that’s what it feels like. – No, you don’t respect that. If someone you cared for
had poop in their mouth. – They like it, who am I to judge? – I’m stepping in!
– You’d step in? I’m like, “Hey, hey, I think
maybe my purpose on earth “is to tell you to get
that poop out your mouth.” – But they like it! – You’re right, you know. – Maybe it doesn’t
taste like poop to them. – I’m gonna take your advice, I’m just saying, prior to today, if I see somebody with
poop in their mouth, or chitlins–
– You’re gonna say something? – I’m slapping it out. This looks really hearty. ‘Cause I don’t know if you know this, I’m trying to get bigger. I wanna look like–
– You need to get you some. – A superhero off the clock.
– All of the protein. Superhero off the clock? – I wanna look like I have the ability to save somebody’s life, but if I don’t know ’em like that, why would I use my powers? – So you’ll help someone if
they have poop in their mouth but you won’t help them
if they’re just like… – You’re right, I gotta
work on my philosophy as a superhero. Da- da-da! James is here. My wrist is getting a little tired. – Is it? Do you need a sub? – I do, I’ll be honest.
– Okay, I can help you. – ‘Cause I have worked out earlier and we did wrists, so I’m a little. – You did wrists?
– We did wrists, in the gym with my trainer. We do the small muscles on Tuesdays. – That’s how you get buff? – Yeah, you know–
– Work on your wrists? – If your wrists aren’t
strong, how you gonna snap it? – You thought it was a snap? – I thought it was
called the snap and push? Huh, huh! Snap and push! – Oh, that’s clean and jerk. – [James] Clean and jerk? – Snatch is if you have it
here and you just go up. That’s a snatch. We have one more step though. I’m gonna grab the egg. And again, same thing, just mix it all up. – Now it got weird, I’m gonna be honest. – The egg just kinda like– – Brings it all together.
– Holds it all together, yeah. That’s what’s gonna give
you that lasagna-type vibe. – It’s the glue that
keeps the team together. – [Sue] And we are all ready for the oven. So we go 400 degrees to start, you can bop it down to
350 after, like, 20 minutes. But the whole thing, it’s
gotta go for an hour. – With a bend. Oh, bank shot! I didn’t call it. You gotta bank it!
– No, you didn’t call it. What rules you play by? This looks bomb. Usually you can literally
cut it like a lasagna. – Okay, now what shall we name this dish? – You wanna take a bite first and then it might just come to you? – Mmm. – Looks really good. – It’s no cow tongue.
– Nothing is. I already have a name in my head so I’m gonna need your assistance. Do you like pepper?
– Oh, do I! – Do you like sausage?
– You better believe it! – Do you know what spaghetti squash is? – Man, it’s squash that’s spaghetti-like. – Hey, then you just might like… – [Both] Bizarro Lasagna! – Spell it! – B-I…
– Lasagna! – Five or six years ago, I kinda felt like I hit a plateau and a lot of it was my body
just wasn’t feeling right. I’d had three different surgeries within the span of a year and a half-ish. And so I basically hired a strength coach who does everything, it’s
more like a performance coach. She changed my workout regimen and then the other thing was my diet. So she kind ,of like, set me on this different
path and I’ve stuck with it. A lot of what I do is actually,
like anti-inflammatory foods, Like some foods cause inflammation,
some foods can help with it. I try to steer more
towards the anti stuff. – This is about that awareness. Do you feel like very just
in touch with every sensation going on in your body?
– Pretty much. The interesting thing about
food is, everybody’s different. I know some people that tried to go vegan and then eventually had to add
some meat back in their diet, they didn’t feel good. And then I know other people who did it and feel amazing. Each person’s different. That’s the most, to me,
interesting about nutrition. Is that there isn’t
one way to go about it. You really gotta try things
out and see what fits for you. I think, as an athlete, the
sad, if you will, stories are people who didn’t get
to choose their retirement. I just want to make sure I’m
checking all those boxes. So I can choose my
retirement, whenever that is. – Do you ever take younger
players under your wing and give them advice.
– Yeah, I try. They don’t always listen. – Well, eventually we start listening. Sometimes– – Well, usually they ask me like, “If you were my age, “what would be the thing
you did different?” And I’m like, “I would start
eating better right away.” – And they’re like, “What else?” – You might be able to avoid. I know I would have something else. – What else would you do differently? Well, speaking of influence, you are one half of a very
iconic sports power couple. – Yep, so they say. – I’m a huge fan of Megan. What is that relationship like? And also, does one person
influence the other more than, how does that work? – On the nutritional tip, I think I’m definitely the influencer. Who knows what she does
when she’s on the road. I don’t take credit for that. And then she influences me, I think in other ways. But nutritional wise–
– Just give me a couple! – Give you a couple? Just like the way she carries herself, how outspoken and confident
she is in her voice. – That’s cool, I just, I’m
fans of both of you guys. I can’t wait to see you next
season and in the Olympics. I love basketball,
probably my favorite sport. And so I’ve been working on my skills, ’cause I feel like, you
know, six one and a half, black dude… It’s assumed I should be
able to hoop a little bit. And I don’t wanna keep
on letting people down. I’ve been practicing, but
I was hoping maybe you could give me some expert tips. – Absolutely. Can you make three? The minute he goes up,
I’m gonna go like that. I can cross over again, so if I go–
– [James] Oh! – You gotta blow by me. And then you can shoot, no, too much? – Ah, I don’t even know how that works. – Mirror me. So we’ll go low. Can you go lower? It’s all about your fingertips. The more comfortable you get,
the less you have to look. All right, how many numbers? – Four.
– See, you’re getting better. – Five. – Tens of five, where’s the ball? See, that’s what happens, I lose it. – That’s a way to get better at it. – Do you believe in me, Sue? – I mean, it worked for me. And I can also… Dribble, shoot.
– And pass! – Pass, I’m gonna pass you some more, matter of fact, you look like you need it. – Thank you, Sue. That will do. Please call the number on
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