Simone Manuel is a two-time Olympic gold medalist (making history as the first African-American woman to do so at the 2016 Rio Games), an outspoken advocate for more inclusivity in sports, a USA Swimming Foundation and Make A Splash Tour Ambassador and, well, kind of a badass. Here's what the 22-year-old professional athlete eats in a day to stay on top of her game.
Here’s What Olympic Swimmer Simone Manuel Eats in a Day to Look (and Feel) Fabulous
"Waking up at 5:40 a.m. is too early and 5:45 a.m. is too late, so I set my alarm for 5:43 a.m. It gives me just enough time to get out of the house by 5:50 a.m. so that I get to practice on time for 6:15 a.m. I'm not a coffee drinker so usually I'll just grab some water and either fruit snacks (Sunkist is my favorite) or a granola bar like Nature Valley Oats 'n Honey to eat on my way there."
"After training, I'll go home and eat avocado toast (on white bread) with cheddar cheese and three over-medium eggs. I like to add a squeeze of lemon juice and some Tabasco to spice things up—I love spicy food. Usually, I'll just drink water or orange juice but sometimes I'll make a smoothie with Greek yogurt, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries."
"If I'm busy, I'll just grab some cashews or have some of last night's leftovers, but if I have the time then I'll make a Greek-style salad for lunch. I toss romaine lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, kalamata olives, pepperoncini, bell peppers and feta cheese with Olive Garden's Italian dressing. Then I'm back at training."
"Most of the time, I'll cook and eat what I feel like—I don't worry too much about counting carbohydrates or anything like that. I love food! The only thing I do is try to eat steak once a week for a good source of protein. But my favorite thing to make is seafood. I love salmon with potatoes. I cut the potatoes up really small, coat them in olive oil and lots of seasoning (salt, pepper and red pepper flakes) with onions and bell peppers, and roast it all in the oven."
"Sometimes I'll have dessert, but I'm trying to limit that. But if I do, it's usually something like a bagel with cream cheese or Frosted Flakes. I could eat breakfast all the time!"