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Food For My Body’s Needs

Venus Williams

Posted on April 16 2014

To stay healthy and strong, I aim for foods that hydrate and nourish me, replenish energy after I've played, and have anti-inflammatory ingredients to keep my joints healthy and moving! You'll see that fruits and vegetables are a big part of my diet, and most often in the form of a juice or smoothie.

I'm not perfect and I do cheat occasionally with cheese, or a chicken breast, but for the most part, I stay the course for a mostly plant-based diet so that I can stay fit and keep my auto-immune disease under control. I can dream about all the bad candy I used to eat and even give it a big goofy hug!

Here are some of my favorite recipes in a typical day.  I hope you enjoy some of these!

Juice—super refreshing and hydrating!

  • 1 cup spinach or kale
  • 1 pear
  • 1/2 apple
  • 1 mini cucumber
  • 1 peeled lemon
  • 4 mint springs


Smoothie—good one for the anti-inflammatory 

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 pear
  • small knob of ginger peeled
  • juice of one lime 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup almond or soy milk

Pre Practice—important to get complex carbs into you

  • Super easy baked sweet potato topped with sautéed spinach, cheese, and nuts!

Post Practice Smoothie

  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 carrot
  • 3 leaf kale
  • 1 cup OJ
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder 

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