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Mississippi State linebacker carried a cup of pickle juice?

Mississippi State linebacker Matthew Wells (22) unsuccessfully tries to catch a blocked first-quarter pass-attempt by Alcorn State quarterback Zerick Rollins Jr. (10) during their NCAA college football game at Davis Wade Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Starkville, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi State linebacker Matthew Wells (22) unsuccessfully tries to catch a blocked first-quarter pass-attempt by Alcorn State quarterback Zerick Rollins Jr. (10) during their NCAA college football game at Davis Wade Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Starkville, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

A post-practice shower extinguished the stench of sweat but couldn’t conquer the aroma of pickles. The smell followed Matt Wells throughout the football complex as the Mississippi State linebacker carried a cup of pickle juice.

“I just like sour things like pickle juice,” Wells said.

Mission accomplished for Kelly White, Mississippi State’s nutritionist. She is the first employed by the athletic department and is assigned to refueling the Bulldogs’ players.

With White’s arrival, practice ends with a fruit stand rather than an immediate cool down in the ice bath. Players refuel with protein shakes, fruits and, yes, pickles.

The pickles contain a lot of salt which helps the body retain water. Fruits consist of a large percent of water. It’s one more way to keep players hydrated.

“We don’t want them thinking about drinking water,” White said. “They don’t know they’re drinking water. This is another way we can get more fluids in them.”

So far it’s worked.

“It’s a change for us. A lot of change as far as the fruits, smoothies and shakes, we love it,” Wells said. “My body feels real good. It’s good for your body to recover and get healthy stuff in your body.”

MSU hired head strength coach Rick Court, and he made sure the school had a nutritionist.

“I think the addition is going to help,” MSU coach Dan Mullen said. “She makes sure we provide the right food for the players, even down to snacks they get after coming off the practice field to make sure they are replenishing their bodies.”

White played volleyball in college at Mississippi University for Women. She worked at OCH Medical Center as a sports dietician for eight years. During that time, she worked with Mississippi State’s athletes. It’s now a full-time role.

“All I know is being active and being coached and eating right,” said White who’s a marathon runner and has completed five iron man competitions.

She doesn’t have complete control over what the team feeds its players. She suggests healthier options depending on what a players’ goal is.

For those needing to lose weight, replacing Gatorade with its low-calorie version G2 or its flavored water brand Propel can help. White said athletes often forget fluids contain calories as well. The same is true with lower calorie dips and condiments.

She asks players to cut about 500 calories a day. During a week’s time that equates to a pound of fat.

For those needing to gain weight, she suggested almonds, nuts, trail mix, bread, rice, pasta and protein shakes are options.

“It’s more than me telling them what to eat at dinner,” White said. “I can do that as much as I can. But they still have to go home. I don’t know what they’re doing when I’m not there.”

So White works on behaviors. Do players need to snack more or less? What should they be snacking on?

“As they start to buy into it and things start working, then we’ll work more on behaviors,” White said.

White works with every program at Mississippi State, but she and her six graduate assistants can only be at so many places. Her suggestions make the road trips though. White plans out potential meal options for teams on the road. There are only a certain number of options away from campus, but if a team must stop at chain restaurant there are healthier options at each stop.

“I’ve been on the road with athletes. I’ve seen what’s available,” White said. “I thought even when I was in college this could be so much better”

Teams look for every advantage possible; from quieting distractions by closing practices to quizzing their players on the gameplan. Coaches believe every inch in practice can lead to a mile in a game. Game planning continues to evolve as new technology infiltrates sports. Mississippi State’s newest addition is a simple one, but is expected to return big dividends.

“It’s that last percent that they need,” White said “This is such a competitive sport, we’re looking for every avenue of another way to help them perform better.”

Contact Michael Bonner at (601) 961-7289 or Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter.


17 Uses For Pickle Juice

17 Uses For Pickle Juice: Workout-Booster, Cure-All, & Household Cleaner

I am not sure how anyone figured out how or why you would use Pickle Juice for the following items but I am glad they did.


Here at R29, we try and stay on the cutting edge — always on the lookout for that new wonder product that will change your life. Today, we may have discovered the ultimate power player: pickle juice. Yes, that green stuff leftover at the bottom of the jar. It does, essentially, everything. What started with an anecdote about an old hangover cure turned into a little curious Googling, and soon we discovered a wealth of pickle-juice uses so vast we couldn’t keep it to ourselves. Looking for a natural weed killer? A PMS remedy? A trendy new cocktail? A wunderkind ingredient for healthy cooking? The answer is pickle juice. Seriously.

Here are a whopping 17 uses for this miracle product. Got anymore favorites?

Hangover Cure:
If you can stomach it on a hangover tummy, pickle juice is a known folk remedy that actually works. It replenishes your depleted sodium levels and helps to assist in rehydration. In many countries, people even take a shot of pickle juice before going out to help prevent dehydration in the first place.

Post-Workout Drink:
Forget coconut water. Athletes swear by pickle juice’s scientifically proven benefits to exercise recovery. In one 2010 study, pickle juice halted post-workout muscle cramps in 85 seconds. That, plus its electrolyte-restoring powers has even yielded Pickle Juice Sport — a dill-flavored sports drink. But really, most athletes stick to good old Vlasic!

PMS Remedy:
For those same reasons, pickle juice is widely used as a cure for menstrual cramps. It may also prevent you from eating four bags of potato chips in one day. Not that we ever did that. That was a friend.

Potato Pick-Me-Up:
Add a heavy splash of pickle juice to a pot of simple boiled potatoes for a fantastic side dish. The flavors absorb so perfectly you won’t want to add salt, butter, sour cream, or anything to these taters once you’re done. Making potato salad? Skip the mayo, and toss with veggies and pickle juice for a much healthier (and more flavorful) version.

Pickleback Shot:
Odds are you’ve seen this cocktail on a bar menu sometime in the last couple years (lore has it they were first sold out of a London food truck in 2011). Perhaps you scoffed or called it a fad, but the truth is bartenders claim this to be the perfect complement to whiskey, instantly soothing the taste buds and aftershock of a rough liquor. Order one, and you will order five. For bonus points, follow that up with a Pickletini.

Vinegar Replacement:
Pickle juice works in place of vinegar in salad dressing, soups, or virtually any recipe. It is essentially vinegar on steroids.

Heartburn Cure:
Along with its flavor-boosting benefits, pickle juice seems to have the same health effects as straight-up vinegar. Particularly effective as a heartburn soother, pickle juice may also help to avoid blood-sugar spikes if taken with a meal.

Bloody Mary Booster:
On the not-as-healthy-but-just-as-important side of the spectrum, pickle juice is absolutely dynamite in a Bloody Mary. When its hangover-killing benefits combine with a little hair of the dog, nothing could make your Sunday morning any greater. Except cronuts.

Cleaning Agent:
Food industry insiders have been using pickle juice to clear blackened copper pans for years. It also works well as a grill cleaner, making those charred, crusted-on bits much easier to scrape off.

Dill Pickle Bread:
Make this. Make it now.

Pickle Popsicles:
True, you can buy these on (actual, real thing), but you can also just pour some of this glorious nectar into pop molds, paper cups, or ice-cube trays and make your own savory summer snack.

Or maybe you just want some more pickles? Empty your vegetable drawer and throw some onions, carrots, peppers, whatever, into the jar of leftover pickle juice. Let them sit for a few days and BOOM: new pickles!

Meat Tenderizer & Marinade:
Pickle juice has amazing meat-tenderizing abilities and, as a marinade, will add a ton of flavor to your meats, without the extra cals in heavy sauces or marinades. It works exceptionally well on chicken — some claim a skinless breast soaked overnight in pickle juice will taste like fried chicken when cooked, and we say that is voodoo but we’re okay with it. Try it on cuts of pork and beef, too.

Fish Poacher:
There is very little in this world that sounds more healthy-boring than poached fish. But, add your pickle juice to the poaching water and you will never look back.

Weed Killer:
The high vinegar and salt content of pickle juice has made it a longtime favorite with gardeners. Dumping it on dandelions, thistle, and virtually all common weeds that crop up around your home. Bonus, it’s pet-friendly and you probably already have it in your fridge!

Recipe Add-On:
We lost track of all the things you can add pickle juice to, but some favorites include: BBQ sauce, hummus, chicken salad, mac ‘n’ cheese, gazpacho, deviled eggs, vinaigrette, borscht, beet salad, salsa, bean dip, sauerbraten, and meatloaf.

Hiccup Stopper:
We’ve found little scientific evidence backing up this claim (and, frankly, we’re glad the scientists are working on other things), but many, many people claim that the number-one cure for hiccups is a small glass of pickle juice. Given how well this stuff works on everything else in the world, we believe it.