MY WEEK ON A PLATE
Heather Watson, 24, is a British tennis player and Wimbledon mixed doubles champion
Tennis star Heather Watson
A bowl of berries with full-fat yoghurt, and scrambled eggs on toast
Steak with white rice, broccoli and chimichurri sauce
A bowl of buffalo chicken soup with a wholewheat roll I eat a lot of protein-rich foods such as eggs to build and repair my muscles during training. I’m not really a breakfast person because I never wake up hungry; I think eggs are a healthy, versatile compromise.
Toast with avocado, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs
Salmon and kale salad, plus pizza with goat’s cheese, sweet onion chutney and spinach
Salmon sushi, Korean BBQ ribs and chocolate ice cream I often spend over four hours training on court and two hours in the gym every day, so I’m not too strict with my diet. I aim for a mix of protein, carbs and healthy fats, which keep me full, energised and sane.
A chicken panini, plus an apple and a glass of orange juice
Unagi (a Japanese eel dish) with rice, and an iced tea
A chicken salad made with lettuce, tomatoes and carrots, with an Asian dressing, plus some orange and pineapple I have to schedule my meals around my training. I eat dinner early as I need lots of sleep to stay rested. When I have time off, I love being able to eat when I’m hungry, not just because it’s time to.
Porridge made with semiskimmed milk, with honey and nuts
A small cheese pizza, salad and Snapple drink (at the airport)
Chicken fajitas with onion and green peppers (at the airport) I love to cook and invent my own recipes but as I spend so much time away from home, it can be hard. The training bases have lots of healthy options to choose from; travel days are harder so I often carry fruit.
Salmon, prosciutto, empanada, eggs, croissant, fresh fruit and orange juice
Grilled chicken breast with rice and a small side salad
Lobster and pasta 9pm
Fruit salad It was my first day in Acapulco ahead of the Mexican Open so I made the most of the hotel breakfast and welcome dinner. I never drink alcohol during or near a competition; only on special occasions.
Porridge made with semiskimmed milk, with honey and nuts, plus scrambled eggs with soy sauce
Teriyaki salmon with cucumber, onions, carrots and olives
Chicken breast with white rice and asparagus I drink a lot of water when I’m in hot and humid climates because I sweat a lot and I’m very conscious of how dehydration can affect my performance. I carry a water bottle with me wherever I go.
Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and orange, plus some Greek yoghurt and a crumpet
Tuna and prawns with spinach, olives and peppers, plus vegetable soup
Chicken salad dressed with olive oil and vinegar A rest day. When I’m at home, I like to catch up with my friends, go swimming and see a film. I still try to eat healthily though because I know I’ll be training again the next day.