- Competing at the highest level in athletics requires optimal fuel, and no one knows that better than US women’s national team star and World Cup champion Julie Ertz.
- In an interview with INSIDER, Ertz revealed what she eats during a typical day of training.
- Ertz starts the morning with oatmeal and almonds, drinks shakes after training, and rounds out the day with a “bigger, healthy dinner” in the evening.
- Sometimes, she and husband Zach Ertz, who is a tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles, indulge in breakfast for dinner as a treat.
Competing at the highest level in athletics requires optimal fuel, and no one knows that better than US soccer star and World Cup champion Julie Ertz.
In addition to leading the National Women’s Soccer League’s Chicago Red Stars, Ertz boasts 18 goals in 75 international appearances for the US Women’s National Team (USWNT). She helped the USWNT win the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada and also competed with the team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero.
Now, with the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France kicking off in June, Ertz has devoted the entire first half of the year to training for the world’s biggest sporting event and has worked to establish dietary habits that fit with her training and nutritional needs.
“Throughout training and the lead up, because everything really ramped up a lot starting in January, feeling as prepared as possible has been important,” Ertz told INSIDER. “So routine has been a really big thing for me this year.”
Routine plays a big role when it comes to her dietary habits as well.
Ertz told us that she typically eats oatmeal with almonds to start the day
Given that oatmeal is filling and that almonds are loaded with protein, it makes sense that she would turn to this combination to fuel her through intense workouts and training regimen.
Throughout the day, Ertz told us she likes to drink shakes followed by a good-sized dinner
Ertz continues to load up on protein and other necessary nutrients by drinking shakes during the day.
Then, she said she eats a “bigger, healthy dinner” in the evening.
Although her postgame meals may vary depending on how intense her training is on any given day or during a certain period of the year, she and husband Zach Ertz – a tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles – are fond of eating breakfast for dinner on special occasions.
On the odd occasion when Julie and her husband Zach indulge in having breakfast for dinner, she whips up chocolate-chip pancakes, eggs, and bacon
“He always asks for it after games,” Ertz told Sports Illustrated.
But, when it comes time for World Cup training, Ertz said discipline is essential to achieving results.
“For me, it’s all about coming up with a plan before,” Ertz told us. “I’m a huge planner and I like things done a specific way. I think I’ve gotten to learn what works for me as time has gone on.”
Ertz joined the USWNT in Portugal starting in January of this year to kick off training for the World Cup. The team opened up the year with difficult matchups against France and Spain before facing Japan, England, and Brazil at the SheBelieves Cup early in March. With a handful of friendlies remaining on her team’s schedule before kicking off the World Cup group stage against Thailand on June 11, Ertz stressed just how important preparation has been and will continue to be in all aspects of her training.
“On top of physical and mental [preparation] I always like to talk about nutrition,” Ertz told us. “I’m training all day, so whether or not it’s a double day, it’s about finding the healthiest thing for me so I feel the most prepared.”