“Venus Williams departed the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Wednesday with downcast eyes,” reads the August 31, 2011 edition of the New York Times, “staring at an uncertain future after revealing she had received a diagnosis of Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain.”
Ten years after that report, Williams’ future in the pros is still be uncertain—but only because she’s 40, not because of a medical condition. Part of the reason for this unexpected longevity, besides proper medication, is her plant-based diet. Williams’ move away from meat has unquestionably been a factor in re-establishing her place in the game.
One thing we do know about Williams’ future is that it will include Happy Viking, a plant-based protein shake company she launched last December, which merges passion and profession.
“Knowing that Venus’ at-home shakes helped her get back to the top of her game, we knew we had to make Happy Viking complete with the right ingredients and nutrients to fuel her and others,” says Happy Viking co-founder Neel Premkumar.
The shakes are packed with all nine essential amino acids, macronutrients, DHA-Omega 3’s, sunflower oil and fiber. With the help of nutritionists, the ingredients were carefully crafted to replicate Venus' home- made shakes that helped her body in the fight against Sjogren’s.