The Super Food Fuelling the AFL’s Best Ruckman

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Cult figure Max Gawn from AFL Club Melbourne Demons is a lot of human to feed.

Take one look at Melbourne Demons star Max Gawn — all 208cm and 111kg of him — and you know he takes some serious fuelling.

You feel full just listening to the AFL’s premier ruckman talk you through his day on a plate — eggs, smoothies, wraps, sandwiches, a big dinner — but there’s a secret ingredient that’s far less substantial.

“I have plenty of snacks in between — quite often I have almonds in a smoothie or a handful as a snack,” Gawn tells Men’s Style.

“Adding almonds to granola or a salad is an easy way to get more almonds into your diet – toasted almond granola is great for breaky — but I love adding 20 or so almonds to my daily smoothie, normally made up of almond milk, natural yoghurt, blueberries, bananas and chia seeds.”

And the benefits of the little nuts don’t end there. Gawn isn’t only footy’s top ruckman, he’s also the game’s best beard — well, he was until he sheared off his facial fuzz last month — and almonds are loaded with magnesium, which is essential to healthy hair.

“The barber did say my beard was healthy, so it must have been the almonds,” Gawn says.

“Committing to cutting it off was a big deal so I think I’ll be clean shaven for a while now. The beard will know when it’s time to return.”

Gawn went down with a hamstring injury in round three and is expected to be sidelined for three months, and he’s itching to return to the paddock.

“We just want to win as many games as possible and play the brand of football we know we can,” says the incumbent All Australian.

“We’ve seen what the boys are capable of already this year with a few wins under our belt so we’ll just keep working hard and hopefully the results come.

“I know I have a big role to play in the team so I hope to remain fit for the rest of the season.”

The Australian Almond Board has partnered with the AFL Players’ Association to encourage Australians to incorporate more almonds into their diet.