Mia Hamm is widely regarded as the world's best all-around women's soccer player. In 1996, she led her team victory at the Centennial Olympic Games, and in 1999, she helped lead Team USA to the Women's World Cup—where they won. Hamm retired in 2004, but that doesn't mean she let her healthy lifestyle fall by the wayside. In fact, she says, turning 40 helped her realize more than ever how important it is to take care of herself, especially with regards to a healthy diet.
"As a mother I think you often get so caught up in trying to take care of everyone else that you forget to take care of yourself," Hamm says. "But I'm a much better wife and mother when I take the time to take care of myself."
Hamm's been working with the Grain Foods Foundation to encourage families to eat more whole grains, and she practices what she preaches. Read on to find out what foods Hamm relies on to stay full and energized all day long.
1. Chicken and brown rice. "Chicken, brown rice, and veggies is a great healthy dinner option," she says. "It's full of whole grains and protein, and will keep you full for a long time."
2. English muffins. "English muffins with avocado is one of my favorite breakfasts," Hamm says.
3. Chips and salsa. "This is the one indulgence I won't give up," Hamm says. "There could be an entire chocolate cake on the table sitting next to a serving of chips and salsa, and I wouldn't touch the cake. I could just have chips and salsa for dinner every day."
The most important thing Hamm says to remember is that variety is the key to life: "Whether it's diet or fitness, make sure to mix it up as much as you can so you don't get stuck in a rut and burn out."