It's been a good Olympics for Meagan Duhamel. The Canadian pairs skater has secured two medals—a gold for the team skate and a bronze in pairs with partner Eric Radford. She's also a two-time World Champion figure skater, Olympic silver medalist, and six-time Canadian National Champion in pairs skating—and she does it all as a vegan. Duhamel became vegan in 2008, a move she said enhanced her athletic ability. "I think being a vegan athlete gives me a huge advantage," she told mbg in an exclusive interview between events in Pyeongchang. "I am able to recover and train with more intensity than most of my training mates. I also managed to stay completely injury-free while competing at the highest level into my 30s, which is extremely rare (if not unheard of) in figure skating [editor's note: Duhamel is 32 years old]. I credit so much of my health and sport success to my plant-based lifestyle."
She kicks off her day with overnight oats, which gives her sustained blood-sugar balancing carbohydrates for her hours on the ice. "I use almond milk, gluten-free oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, cacao nibs, banana, and almond butter. It’s the perfect morning treat," she says. The holistic health student (yes, between racking up medals she's studying nutrition) also whips up smoothies as a quick, healthy option. "I love a base of spinach, mangos, and banana," she says. "Then I add seeds such as chia, flax, or hemp; spirulina powder; and either almond milk or coconut water." After a hard workout, her favorite recovery snack is pineapple with hemp seeds sprinkled on top, sweet potatoes, or Kronobar Nutrition Protein bars.