Carli Lloyd lives by the diet philosophy, “Eat often, eat healthy.”
“Focusing on a clean diet has completely changed my outlook on my overall health and well-being,” the 5’7″ Olympic soccer star, 34, tells PEOPLE. “I know that when I eat better, I feel better.”
Because the pro athlete needs to stay in top shape to compete, she avoids junk food.
“You don’t put regular gas into a Ferrari!” she says.
Check out her daily food log below, and pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday, to read more about Lloyd’s diet.
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150 oz. of water
3 egg whites with avocado
1 cup of strawberries
Fat-free Fage Total 0% Greek yogurt with Kind Healthy Grains Oats & Honey Clusters and blueberries
Green smoothie (kale, spinach, pineapple, apple and strawberry)
Mixed green salad with strawberries, dried cranberries, red onion and walnuts topped with grilled wild-caught salmon with oil and salt and pepper
Kind Blueberry Pecan + Fiber bar
Bowl of watermelon
Grilled organic grass-fed beef filet with salt and pepper
Sautéed mushrooms and onions
Carli’s meals are very well balanced with lots of vitamins, minerals, protein, carbs and healthy fat,” says dietitian Keri Glassman of nutritiouslife.com. But, Glassman says, as a pro athlete, Lloyd could include even more carbs by topping her lunch salad with chickpeas and adding a portion of wild rice to her dinner. “I love that she gets her protein from grass-fed beef,” adds Glassman. “It’s leaner and packed with omega 3s, which are important for fighting inflammation.”
NOTE: It is recommended that women eat at least 1,200 calories per day, and men eat at least 1,800 calories per day.
To learn more about all Olympic hopefuls, visit teamusa.org. The Rio Olympics begin August 5 on NBC.