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The Foods That Turned Djokovic into the No. 1 Player in the Game


LUNCH

Djokovic focuses on carbs and maximizing his vegetable-based nutrient intake at lunch. “During the day, I want my body to be as energized as possible," says Djokovic. "When I eat carbs with very little protein, I’m telling my body, ‘I need energy.’”

Gluten-Free Pasta Primavera
Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced into half-moons
1 zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced into half-moons
½ bunch (½ pound) asparagus, trimmed and sliced on the bias
4 cups rice pasta
¼ cup thinly sliced sun-dried tomatoes, plus more for garnish, if desired
¼ tsp sea salt
2 tbsp grated vegan cheese, to top (optional)
Chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley or basil (optional)

Directions:

1) In a large sauté pan over medium heat, combine the olive oil and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes.
2) Add the sliced squash, zucchini, and asparagus and sauté until tender, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.
3) Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot according to package instructions. Strain the cooked pasta and return to the pot.
4) When the vegetables are tender, add them to the pasta and toss well to combine. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes and sea salt. If desired, top with vegan cheese to taste and serve with fresh herbs and additional sun-dried tomatoes.

Mixed Greens Salad with Avocado 
Serves 4 

Salad:

4 cups wild arugula
2 cups mesclun mixed greens
1 cup cannellini beans, rinsed
1 medium cucumber, peeled, thinly sliced into half-moons
1 large, ripe avocado, halved and thinly sliced
¼ cup sunflower seeds

Dressing:

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp honey
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt, to taste
12 slices lox or smoked salmon (optional)

Directions:

1) In a large salad bowl, combine the arugula, mixed greens, cannellini beans, and cucumber slices.
2) Toss the salad with half of the vinaigrette. If desired, top the salad with sunflower seeds, avocado slices, and lox.

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