OFFSTAGE: Jake Owen: Salmon and a Brew?

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My, my, my. Look how the tables have turned. Jake Owen, who is only 30, it trying to keep up with Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney, who are both well into their 40s. It’s a mad, mad world. But Owen admitted to CMT Radio the healthy eating habits of those two middle-aged superstars are starting to rub off on him. “Kenny pretty much sticks to chicken, salmon and broccoli. And I have been trying to do the same. I’ll mix in an occasional brew here and there. But he’s really good with his diet, and Tim looks amazing. His body looks like he’s 22 years old,” he said of his Brothers of the Sun tourmates. “I’m just trying to keep up with those guys.” I know Owen leads a pretty active life when he’s off the road, with all the boating and wakeboarding he does . But he might also want to lay off the peanuts-in-a-Coke thing if he’s trying to clean up his diet. Just one of these sweet, salty drinks weighs in at 350 calories.

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