For U.S. Ski team star Lindsey Vonn, her body is her work. She reveals her secrets for maintaining her toned 5’10” frame — and endurance — during training season.

By Michelle Ward, PEOPLE Great Ideas
Updated: May 10, 2018
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    “As an athlete, burning a lot of energy means I need to eat healthy and eat well,”  she tells PEOPLE exclusively in the new issue, on newsstands Friday. “I make sure everything I eat is fresh and that I prepare it myself so I know what I’m eating.”

    So what are her diet staples during ski season? “I eat a lot of protein and carbs to stay a healthy weight while I’m training and to get enough energy, but I opt for healthier versions, like almond butter instead of peanut butter and pumpernickel bread instead of white bread.”

    Vonn, 30, (who is dating fellow athlete Tiger Woods), logged a daily food diary for PEOPLE, which reveals her secrets for maintaining her toned 5’10” frame — and endurance — during training season.


    Three liters of water (13 glasses) a day


    One small cappuccino with skim milk
    Three scrambled eggs
    Fruit salad: cantaloupe, strawberries and blueberries


    Salad with walnuts, dried cranberries and balsamic vinaigrette
    Grilled chicken breast with green beans and steamed carrots on the side


    Spaghetti Bolognese (full portion) at restaurant


    One handful of almonds
    Half of a milk chocolate bar

    Total Calories: 


    “Lindsey starts the day strong with one of my favorite combos: fruit and eggs,” says dietitian Keri Glassman of “Her lunch is solid with healthy fat from nuts, lean protein from chicken and antioxidants from the veggies, but she could certainly afford a few more carbs in there from sweet potatoes or chickpeas on the side or in her salad — especially when training hard!”

    As for that plate of pasta? “The bolognese could be better balanced with some greens on the side, but good for her for treating herself to a little chocolate and maintaining portion control of half a bar!”

    According to the FDA, it is recommended that women should eat at least 1,200 calories per day, and men should eat at least 1,800 calories per day.
    This article originally appeared on PEOPLE Great Ideas.