Tennis superstar Serena Williams reveals everything she eats in a single day
Athletes will always astound me. The idea of following the same health and fitness plan indefinitely to help you perform at your best is something I still really can't get my head around. How does one burger stop you from winning?
Still, I guess it's why people like Serena Williams are winning title after title and I'm here thinking about the best-grilled cheese spots to hit at lunch. Constantly being at the top of your game is hard enough anyway. Being so whilst also being vegan is a whole different ball game (sorry).
If you need any further proof that a vegan diet can fuel peak athletic performance, just look at Serena Williams. Yep, the tennis superstar is a fan of plant-based eating, which pretty much smashes whatever assumptions you had about “rabbit food” out of the court.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, the 36-year-old revealed that ahead of her return to Wimbledon, she’d followed a vegan diet and “didn’t eat sugar”. According to Healthista, the new mother usually starts her day with oats, strawberries, tangerines, and almond butter, plus some metabolism-boosting supplements.
Lunch often involves a light salad with lettuce, spinach, mandarin slices, cherry tomatoes, lime juice, onions, pita croutons, and sliced almonds. Serena is all for snacks, chowing down on toasted Ezekiel bread with almond butter and matcha tea with lemon and cinnamon. For dinner, she goes for brown rice with fresh vegetables and hemp and chia seeds.
Pretty regimented but far from off-putting. Serena day-to-day is a perfect example of how vegan diets aren't as intimidating as it sounds. All you have to do is make sure you're getting enough of the essentials you need from a meal.
The sporting legend is reportedly pretty flexible when it comes to offseason, adding tacos, fried chicken, and pizza to her roster of nuts, beans, lentils and sprouted quinoa. I'll also never forget one documentary I watched where she went crazy for Chick-fil-A. Compared to another athlete at the top of their game in tennis, there isn't much different. Except the whole no meat thing.
To start his day, the 36-year-old, 20 grand slam winner prefers to go sweet rather than savoury and reportedly enjoys homemade waffles with a fresh fruit compote on the morning of a match. To wash the waffles down, Federer has fresh juice, coffee, and a vinegar shot.
Before tennis, Federer will eat a plate of pasta. "Two hours before every match, I eat pasta with light sauce. I have been doing it for 20 years," he says. Like in a match, in between practice sessions or competition matches, Federer is no stranger to snack bars. When Federer goes out for dinner, variety is clearly the spice of life. "I am a lover of Italian, Japanese, and Indian restaurants," he said recently.
Plant-based food being readily available in those cuisines means you don't have to deprive yourself to be vegan and perform at your best. Just listen to your body and eat the foods that make running, jumping, whatever you're doing that little bit more enjoyable.