Venus Williams maintains a mostly vegan diet to help cope with the symptoms of Sjorgen’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that affects approximately 4 million people living in the U.S. Being a vegan is not for the weak — it requires dedication and planning. Even Venus will admit that she enjoys cheating on occasion. Following our interview with Venus for the March/April cover story, we were able to get her top five on eating vegan.
Q: What is your favorite vegan dish?
A: “I like anything Portobello. I like a mean Portobello burger with garlic aioli and a little paprika or whatever I feel like at the moment. So anything with mushrooms, because it takes on the flavor of whatever you throw in there. A mushroom curry, all of that stuff. I also enjoy raw, dehydrated kale chips, room temperature foods, and Greek salads. It’s a lot of fun to make your own dressings as well.”
Q: How do you dress up a raw dish meal?
A: “I like to stick with a palate that people use in traditional foods that aren’t raw or vegan. I think sometimes people get too caught up in using the same ingredients and it makes every dish taste the same. I like to adapt dishes that are traditional dishes, like vegan chili.”
Q: Do you cook a lot?
A: “I absolutely do not cook a lot. I rely on other people. That is my weakness. There could be food in the refrigerator and I just don’t know how to get it out. It’s so sad!”
Q: How do you handle a craving for meat?
A: “I try to eat a meal and once I have eaten the meal, I am not hungry anymore and I’m good. That works for me!”
Q: What satisfies a vegan’s sweet tooth?
A: “Sometimes sweets! Sometimes I will have just a little and that will be enough and other times I enjoy a fruit smoothie or fresh fruit.”