THE FUEL. FUEL LIKE A PLAYER

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If you are what you eat, then we definitely want what our PLAYERS are having. Between the glowing skin, killer bodies and energy to boot, these ladies have got healthy, balanced living covered, and its not just all about the gym. Below we reveal the diet secrets of some of the regions healthiest.

YAS SAADE.

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This yogis mindfulness on the mat carries over to the way she chooses her fuel – making a conscious choice to substitute whole, organic food for anything processed or packaged. Her criteria for what makes it on to her plate? Understanding what’s on the label, or even better – sticking to foods that don’t have a label.

Breakfast.
I start my day with a low-fat latte, the one and only I allow myself to have, and I enjoy every sip of it. This is usually followed by cereal or muesli topped with berries and freshly grated coconut to fuel my day.

Lunch.
I have a salad for lunch every day but I make sure it’s exciting – think quinoa, avocado, hearts of palm, arugula and lots of other surprises to keep it interesting.

Dinner.
I usually have a piece of grilled fish, chicken breast or a boiled egg with vegetables… it all depends on how many snacks I’ve had and what time it is. I’m not going to lie, there’s definitely chocolate sprinkled in at some point during the day, especially if it’s dark and spicy!

NATALIA ARANDES.

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A more recent convert to the school of healthy living, Natalie used to enjoy processed foods before starting to document how harmful they can be to the body. Now, its all about balance for the petite Spanish beauty, who believes in sticking to organic and fresh products as much as possible, with a few little indulgences thrown in along the way.

Breakfast.
I have a glass of fresh orange juice, a chai latte and sometimes a toast with jam, sometimes 1 or 2 bars of cereals (and sometimes a toast with Nutella as well…)

Lunch.
Either pasta with tomato sauce, a salad with grilled chicken, avocado and tomato or steamed vegetables and lentil’s salad.

Dinner.
My husband cooks and likes to enjoy a nice dinner after a hectic day at work, so dinner is important for us. Its usually oven-roasted fish with mashed potatoes, mustard chicken with rice, fresh pasta, prawns or steak with salad.

SHIMAA ELSAYED.

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A big believer in not depriving yourself, the stunning PR Director is all about keeping it real, focusing on portion control rather than cutting out the foods that she loves.

Breakfast.
My day starts with a banana and a handful of almonds followed by a red apple with two tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter a couple of hours later with a Green Tea and Lemon.

Lunch.
I usually have a balanced meal from Kcal or a hearty soup from Richy’s. I love the Thai Green Chicken Curry and brown rice from Kcal– it’s so tasty. My afternoon snack is a cup of pomegranate seeds, it’s definitely one of my favorite fruits and I always fit a coconut water in there somewhere.

Dinner.
At night I like to have a salad, preferably with tuna or a fillet of fish and vegetables. A cheat day would probably involve Shake Shack.

TALEEN KHANOYAN.

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Growing in a Mediterranean household eating dishes made with organic and fresh foods, olive oil and colorful fruits and veggies has given this Armenian beauty a lifelong love affair with healthy food. Taleen has developed a structured approach to how she eats, going by a 1-2-3 rule of thumb which breaks down meals to 1 part fat (healthy fats), 2 parts protein (lean meats) and 3 parts carbohydrates (think quinoa and veggies).

Breakfast.
I start with green tea and lemon juice before I put anything in my stomach, about 15 minutes later, I will have either a half a cup of oatmeal or muesli and fruit.

Lunch.
Through out the day I love eating fish like salmon because it’s so high in Omega and healthy fats.

Dinner.
I love a good grilled chicken and vegetable pasta.

KAREN MCLEAN.

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As a regional expert on healthy, happy living and an advocate for making healthy food fun – a day on the plate of this gorgeous food blogger is exactly what you would imagine – colourful, clean, and 100% healthy.

Breakfast.
I usually have a green smoothie for breakfast topped with a superfood sprinkle. I occasionally make layered chia puddings or overnight oats topped with fresh fruit. I also love homemade granola, fresh fruit and yogurt. I can’t go a day without breakfast, it’s my favourite meal of the day.

Lunch.
A typical lunch involves a salad, usually a roast vegetable quinoa salad or a rainbow wild rice salad, lots of vegetables, a piece of fruit, handful of almonds and a fresh juice or coconut water.

Dinner.
Often includes a piece of steamed fish, lots of vegetables and a salad. If I feel like something sweet after dinner, I often have a piece of raw chocolate, or a bowl of “ice-cream” which is made of frozen banana whipped until it’s smooth and creamy, a sprinkle of cinnamon, a drizzle of honey and walnuts topped with fresh fruit.

MARYAM FATTAHI SALAAM.

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An advocate for self-care, the mother of 2 and founder of Physique57 see’s her daily food intake as the fuel that allows her to feel amazing and be the best caretaker she can be. It’s all about a little bit of everything, not a lot of anything. Maryam’s diet is clean and lean – consisting largely of lean protein, fruits and vegetables.

Breakfast.
I start every morning with green juice made of six fruits/vegetables – apple, kiwi, cucumber, bitter gourd, kale and lemon. I don’t always have time to eat breakfast but I’m making a point these days to try harder to and when I do, it is a slice of multigrain toast with almond butter and Manuka honey. Otherwise, I have a stash of KIND bars waiting for me in my office. I have an iced soy latte mid-morning.

Lunch.
I usually go for salad with a lean protein. These days, I find myself at another New York-transplant, Just Salad. I try to go for something new and different every single time, but somehow always end up with my trusted California salad.

Dinner.
This is the one meal my husband and I can actually sit together at and catch up, and inevitably it is the biggest meal of the day. I make a mean oven-baked, orange ginger glazed salmon and serve it with a side of sautéed spinach and quinoa tabbouleh. I end my day with camomile tea and some Sprüngli dark chocolate.

SUSANNA FOUSTOK.

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Much like the philosophy of control that guides her Pilates practice, the elegant mother and Pilates guru follows a conscious approach when it comes to her food, sticking to a mainly vegan, organic, gluten, sugar and diary free diet and keeping superfoods are at the core of her daily rituals.

Breakfast.
I start my morning usually with an Acai bowl topped with chopped berries, and gluten-free granola. I make it with home-made almond or walnut milk and I mix in pea protein powder and either maca or lucuma to give it a boost. If I’m in a hurry to the studio then I will make a green smoothie with kale, spinach, banana and almond milk with a boost of matcha powder.

Lunch.
Is usually a salad but always different, at the moment I’m obsessed with kale caesar salad. I always have to have something sweet after a meal so healthy deserts are a must. I love my friend’s recipe (From Glow People) for frozen peanut butter banana treats. I also make wicked brownies from chickpeas! For snacks I love peanut butter kale chips (from Secret Squirrel Food ), chia pudding or raw bars. And when I don’t have time to eat, coconut juice keeps me going.

Dinner.
Is the same as lunch, a variety of vegan or vegetarian meals. In winter I eat more warm meals but I rarely eat pasta or rice but use a lot of quinoa. If I do have an occasional pasta dish then it’s made either of kamut or wild rice.

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