Plant-based advocate and Grand Slam Champion Venus Williams has launched a line of plant-based protein! Happy Viking is a plant-based food company that’s introducing a shelf-stable plant-based protein shake as part of its launch.

The inspiration behind the launch came when Williams was diagnosed with Sjögren’s Syndrome. This autoimmune disorder causes a body’s immune system to attack healthy cells. To help combat symptoms from the syndrome, Williams‘ doctors recommended a plant-based diet. And the rest is history. The tennis superstar has been plant-based for almost ten years!


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“After being diagnosed with Sjögren’s Syndrome, I needed to find a way to fuel my body in a way that would mitigate symptoms of the disease and help me to return to the top of my game both on and off the court. I created Happy Viking because I want other people to have healthy, effective, and delicious options to fuel their bodies so they can strive towards being their best self in every aspect of their life,” said Venus Williams to One Green Planet.

“I make sure to have a 200 calorie protein snack within an hour or immediately after exercise,” said Venus to One Green Planet Founder Preeta Sinha.

During their conversation, Venus also shared some of her health and wellness pro tips with Preeta. In addition to following a whole foods plant-based diet, Venus takes immunity-boosting anti-inflammatory foods like cayenne and turmeric and anti-viral supplements like olive leaf and oregano. She supports her joint-health by avoiding gluten and by never skipping a proper warm-up or cool down and taking BCAA for recovery.

Venus also told Preeta that she keeps her body in an alkaline state for optimal health, takes probiotics, and recommends women take care extra care of their gut-health to avoid leaky gut!

The shake will be available through the Happy Viking website, as well as on Amazon. The vegan shake will be available in Triple Chocolate and Vanilla Bean flavors. Happy Viking has confirmed Kroger as its first retailer and will be available at Kroger grocery retail stores nationwide in spring 2021.

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Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects.

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