The One Meal Serena Williams Just Isn't A Fan Of

You might think that tennis star Serena Williams needs to fuel up all throughout the day to sustain her ever-expended energy resources. However, the athlete told Women's Health that breakfast isn't really on her top list of priorities. She commented, "When I roll out of bed [in the morning], I'm just not hungry." She also remarked, "I often don't make breakfast because I just forget." She's also usually busy taking care of her daughter Olympia and exercising in the morning. Unlike some athletes who follow fixed diets with specific meal times and calorie requirements, Williams prefers to eat breakfast when she's hungry.

The tennis star explained to Women's Health, "My philosophy is eat to live. Don't live to eat," and listening to her body's cues is part of the equation. Business Insider reports that when she does opt for breakfast, she leans towards fresh and nutritious foods, including smoothies and fruit. She revealed that she primarily consumes a plant-based diet, but eggs sporadically make it to the table. Healthista notes that Williams will fill up on oats with fruit and almond butter, as well as some additional supplements.

What does she eat the rest of the day?

The athlete's energy needs vary widely depending on whether she's competing, but generally, Serena Williams sticks to eating later in the day. Her favorite foods to munch on for lunch are usually high in protein with plenty of greens (via Women's Health). And what about dinner? Although she doesn't regularly spend hours in the kitchen because she just lacks the time, Williams told Women's Health that she greatly enjoys cooking. She also revealed, "I get inspired by what I see on Instagram," including trends like rainbow cake and chia seed pudding. She approves of Taco Tuesdays, too.

Would Williams, a four-time Olympic gold medalist (via Team USA), make a special exception to her often breakfast-free routine to eat with another Olympic medallist? Indian badminton player PV Sindhu told the Mid-Day newspaper that she would like to have breakfast with Serena Williams if she could choose to dine with any famous stranger. She considers Williams "jovial and friendly" and thinks it would be pleasant to be around in the morning.