For the average person, reaching their high macronutrient needs is a daily goal. For Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, it is not negotiable. You certainly do not land a triple double on the floor or a double-double on the beam without having the necessary energy to drive these movements. (And okay, intense dedication and talent.) In addition to coordination, gymnastics requires incredible arm, core and quad strength.
When Well + Good hung out with the four-time Olympic gold medalist and Candid brand ambassador, we could not help but ask her …what the heck are you eating? Here, Biles tells what an average eating day looks like for her in the middle of training and competitions. Does she eat as balanced as her radiation routine? Keep reading to find out.
Scroll down to see what an average eating day looks like for Olympic gymnast Simone Biles.
Do you know what Biles eats on an average day of eating before she begins her hour-long workout? No, not oatmeal. Not a nutrition bar. These are waffles. “What I eat depends on the day and how I feel, but sometimes I like to get up and get a protein waffle in the morning for breakfast with some fruit,” she says. Uh, far more satisfying than anything that fits in your purse.
When lunch hits, Biles prioritizes getting more protein and fiber. “For lunch, it’s usually chicken and some vegetables,” she says. Easy, simple, done.
“If I get hungry between meals, my favorite healthy snack is plantain chips,” Bile says. Considering that plantains are a high-fiber food, this snack is definitely a healthy gain.
For dinner, Biles keeps her plate simple and nutritious, just like her lunch. “I like eating fish with vegetables and rice,” she says. It will help her get a boost of protein and fiber along with omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
In general, her eating style is straightforward and healthy. When it comes to complicated and fancy, she saves it for her flooring routine.
To see how more fitness professionals eat, check out CrossFit instructor Elizabeth Adams’ food diary and SoulCycle instructor Sydney Millers.