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Vegan chef serves NFL players healthy meals to help maintain their energy

The renowned chef is providing flavorful vegan options to clients

There are many factors that help athletes perform at their highest level. A balanced diet can improve an athlete’s endurance and strength, and Vanessa Gonzalez is helping NFL players do just that.

“You no longer have to eat unhealthy alternatives; the vegan food industry has grown vastly and taken on a whole new lifestyle built and fueled people who want to live a healthier lifestyle and take care of themselves from the inside out,” Gonzalez says.

Gonzalez now serves more than a dozen NFL players as their private chef.

How did your upbringing inspire your cooking style? 

I was raised as an only child, and my mother greatly influenced my culinary skills. I started cooking at 8, watching her and my aunt, a chef in Costa Rica. They used a lot of fresh ingredients, like herbs from their land, which inspired me. The flavor profile that I stick with always goes back to my roots.

What do you see for the future of healthy eating?

I want people to know what healthy eating is like. [I want people to be able] to read a nutrition label and educate [them]selves on what food does to [their] bod[ies]. We need more resources available to our community so we can confidently step into veganism. The option should be available worldwide to spread more information about eating clean; it takes hard work to maintain this lifestyle.

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