Serena Williams has never failed to amaze us as she dominates the tennis world, especially after her recent 22nd Grand Slam title. She’s pretty disciplined about what she eats during tournaments, but just because she’s one of the world’s greatest athletes doesn’t mean she always sticks to a strict diet.
After Serena’s sister discovered that she suffered from a chronic auto-immune disease, Venus decided to adopt a raw vegan diet to alleviate her symptoms. Serena supported her decision and jumped right on board. Serena considers herself a “cheagan“, or a vegan who cheats on her diet; she occasionally eats chicken and fish.
If you really want to know how what charges that powerful backhand, check out her favorite and least favorite foods.
It’s safe to say Serena loves tacos.. maybe a little too much. She’s also posted a few Instagrams of pretty delicious looking tacos.
Yes: Chocolate Lava Cake
The tennis queen is a sucker for chocolate lava cake. Her favorite kind is from Nobu because they serve it with green tea ice cream.
Yes: Beans, Nuts, Lentils
These are staples in Serena’s raw vegan diet during the tennis season. To fuel her powerful swings, she stocks up on beans, nuts, lentils and sprouted plants.
Iron Chef Morimoto spilled on her favorites. Apparently Queen S loves spicy salmon with “lots of cucumber” and crab meat as well.
Serena has said that she’s “very much a glass-of-wine girl”. She’s not picky though. She’s totally fine with a $7 Riesling from a grocery store.
Yes: Moon Pies
It’s pretty clear she might have a moon pie addiction.
Yes: Coconut Water
Serena says she always has coconut water stocked in her all-vegan fridge.
Gatorade is one of the dozen brands in her endorsement portfolio. You can find her drinking Gatorade at matches.
Serena has admitted that one of her favorite victory foods is pizza, like most everyone else in the world. To accommodate her raw vegan lifestyle, now she usually splurges on vegan pizza. Recipe here.
Yes: Southern Food
Serena’s is a huge fan of the Southern palate. When she’s down in South Carolina, she allows herself to enjoy some fried chicken, grits, sweet tea and hush puppies. After that, she goes right back to clean eating.
Serena says she hates tomatoes, but if they’re diced up she might be able to get them down.
Avocado is one of the few foods Serena blatantly says she detests. Oh well.. more avocado toast for us.
No: Red Meat
Serena doesn’t eat red meat or pork. It isn’t a part of her vegan diet, and she’s more of a chicken and fish kind of gal.
Hey, this superstar athlete is human too. She has a severe peanut allergy and is prone to anaphalatic shock, so she always has to be careful in reading food labels.
No: Dog Food
In a hilarious snapchat story, Serena confessed that she got sick after eating gourmet salmon and rice dog food made specifically for her puppy. It’s safe to say she’s never eating dog puppy chow again.
Victory never tasted so good.