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Nicole Barnhart began her soccer career playing for Stanford Cardinal in college, where she holds the Stanford women’s record for lowest career goals-against average (that’s a good thing, for those of you who don’t watch soccer – Nicole is a goalkeeper). She began playing with the U.S. National Team after the 2004 Olympics, and won her first Olympic gold on the 2008 team. Nicole Barnhart steps in when fellow goalkeeper, Hope Solo, is out with an injury. Because injuries are unpredictable, Nicole has to stay in peak physical condition at all times. Her discipline on the field translates well to her dieting philosophies.
Nicole Barnhart avoids processed foods, preferring to eat organic, fresh foods that she picks up at her local farmer’s market. “I love cooking and knowing what’s going into the meal and exactly what I’m eating,”* she said. No doubt, this sentiment is shared by many who travel for a living and are forced to rely on restaurant food.
Nicole likes to start off with a homemade smoothie in the morning. She adds berries, bananas, flaxseed, peanut butter, spinach, coconut milk, and pomegranate juice. Nicole also adds whey protein powder to her smoothies to help meet her daily quota of protein. To balance the meal, she also eats a piece of whole grain toast sprinkled with cinnamon instead of butter. Sometimes, she’ll eat a couple slices of low-fat zucchini bread instead. For lunch, Nicole will eat half a grapefruit, a light Muscle Milk drink, and two corn tortillas with corn, cheese, and black beans.
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Nicole Barnhart’s dinner typically features two sushi rolls made with eel sauce and brown rice (homemade, undoubtedly), along with half of a grilled artichoke with goat cheese and mayo. She also adds a seaweed salad and some chicken potstickers. Nicole enjoys drinking green tea with dinner, and she also adds a vitamin C supplement powder. Nicole is one of those lucky people who lack a sweet tooth.
Nicole Barnhart eats a widely varied diet with lots of different veggies, including sea vegetables. She also appears to prefer lean protein – there is no red meat in this diet plan. Cooking your own food is a great strategy for weight loss. As Barnhart pointed out, that way you can control exactly what goes into your meals. The one food swap we’d suggest with this diet is to try vegan mayonnaise instead of the real stuff. This would cut down the amount of saturated fats in her diet.
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Nicole Barnhart tries to avoid injuries with low-impact exercises. Instead of jogging on land, she’ll go aqua-jogging. She also swims laps and uses the rowing machine in the gym. When she’d rather break out of the gym, Nicole likes to hit the trails for a hike. She also enjoys bicycling.
Nicole Barnhart Sample Daily Diet Plan
- Breakfast: Smoothie & toast with cinnamon
- Lunch: Grapefruit & tortillas with black beans & corn
- Dinner: Sushi rolls & salad & artichoke & chicken potstickers