As one of the greatest tennis players to ever grace the courts, Serena Williams will be the first to admit she does not mind doing the work to go after what she wants. And her fierce career, a grand slam in itself, is proof of her dedication.
Serena often says she loves to cook healthy meals. Her philosophy when it comes to food is “you put out what you put in”. “For years, I was always making gumbo for everyone,” she told Bon Appétit in 2013.
“My other go-to dishes are something I call a ‘seven-bean delight,’ which really only has five beans, but don't tell. Everyone loves my roasted chicken with garlic. For a minute, it was my turkey tacos. Now it's vegan sushi.
I just love to cook!” Serena is vegan (most of the time). She told EcoWatch that she originally decided to make the switch to vegan in order to support her sister, Venus Williams when she was diagnosed in 2011 with Sjogren’s Syndrome, an auto-immune condition where the person suffers from dry eyes, mouth and throat.
However, her diet is usually planned around her tennis season, when she follows a raw and vegan diet. She does, however, indulge every now and then.
Vegan with a splash of chicken here and there
“For years, I was always making gumbo for everyone.
My other go-to dishes are something I call a ‘seven-bean delight,’ which really only has five beans, but don’t tell. Everyone loves my roasted chicken with garlic. For a minute, it was my turkey tacos. Now it’s vegan sushi.
I just love to cook!” One of Serena’s favourite dishes is her mother’s signature chicken with rice and gravy. “It was my favorite dish as a kid, and it still is now. That’s my favorite meal from her or from anybody”.
This, along with her mother’s biscuit, is what she celebrates with when she wins. According to her, her fridge usually contains coconut water, Gatorade, cucumbers, mint, kale, veggies, ginger and wheat grass. This is what an average day’s menu looks like for Serena:
- Breakfast: oats with strawberries, tangerines and almond butter followed by metabolism boosting supplements
- Late morning snack: toasted Ezekiel bread with almond butter.
- Lunch: Salad with lettuce, spinach , mandarin oranges, cherry tomatoes, onions, sliced almonds, pita croutons and a sprinkle of lime juice.
- Afternoon snack: lemon juice or matcha green tea with cinnamon.
She might also have some chicken to boost her diet’s protein content.
- Dinner: brown rice with hemp and chia seeds and a fresh vegetable salad.