Meet Soccer Superstar: Lauren Barnes
Nuzest is pleased to introduce soccer superstar Lauren Barnes as Nuzest's newest sports influencers. Lauren is a great athlete and super duper person. Let's take a moment to get to know Lauren Barnes.
Q. For those of us who don’t know you, who is Lauren Barnes?
A. I like to think of myself as someone who enjoys helping others while constantly yearning to learn and grow as a human being. I’m a well rounded athlete that has a huge passion for nutrition and living a healthy active lifestyle. I love to travel the world in search of new foods, friends and to learn about new places. I currently do most of my traveling through the beautiful sport of soccer. I’m in my 6th year as a professional soccer player and my 4th season with the Seattle Reign FC in the NWSL.
Q. What does being a Nuzest ambassador mean to you?
A. Being a Nuzest ambassador is something I’m very proud of. I think it's important to spread the word about healthy nutrition, and being apart of the Nuzest family allows me to share my passion for healthy living. As a plant-based athlete, it's tough to find quality vegetable proteins, but The Clean Lean Protein provides high protein with all natural ingredients that is suitable for everyone’s lifestyle.
Q. How do you make healthy choices and avoid temptations when it comes to your nutrition?
A. It has taken a lot of practice, but I think planning my meals ahead of time has helped with temptations and making healthier choices. I like to make a list of meals I will cook for the week and then visit local farmer's markets to find fresh seasonal foods. It’s also a great way to support your community.
Q. What is your favorite indulgence?
A. Coconut milk ice cream and almond butter
Q. What is your favorite healthy snack?
A. Chocolate Nuzest, banana and almond butter smoothie!
Q. When not at soccer practice or games, how do you stay active and fit?
A. To stay active, I love to explore Seattle with my friends. I love hiking, yoga and anything that involves ocean or lakes.
Q. What is your favorite form of exercise (besides soccer)?
A. Swimming because it's such a great full body workout.
Q. What are your favorite songs on your workout playlist these days?
A. I like an array of music but my favorite song to date is Sia by Cheap Thrills. Just something about it puts me in a good mood.
Q. Aside from being a soccer superstar, what do you do for fun?
A. When I’m not playing soccer, I try and travel the world as much as possible. I love meeting new people, trying new foods and learning about different cultures.
Q. What advice do you have for people wanting to kick-start a healthy lifestyle or to pump up their nutrition?
A. This is a great question and the answer should be different for everyone. We are all very different and you need to find what works best for your body. What's worked best for me is eating real wholesome foods. I love to try and eat what's in season and cook as much as I can. Living a healthy lifestyle should never become a task but should be fun and creative. Try new foods, eat a variety of fruits and vegetables and treat yourself every once in awhile is very important.