The 40-year-old tennis icon has launched a new vegan recovery drink developed with the help of leading nutritionists and registered dietitians.
This week, Iconic tennis star Venus Williams debuted her vegan protein shake brand.
Williams has partnered with beverage company Dyla Brands, makers of Stur Drink Mixes & FORTO Coffee, to develop Happy Viking.
According to Williams, Happy Viking is the only plant-based protein shake powered by Complete Body Mind Macronutrients (CBMM) – a unique blend of ingredients for your body & mind. It packs in 20 grams of protein, including all nine essential amino acids. The drink is also good for the gut with prebiotic fiber. Plus, it has been fortified in plant-based sources of omega fatty acids such as DHA Omega 3 and Oleic Sunflower Oil for brain health.
Williams health journey
The idea to create Happy Viking came after Williams was diagnosed with Sjögren’s Syndrome (an autoimmune disease) in 2011, which changed the course of her life.
On the company’s website, she revealed that the condition ‘forced’ her to stop playing tennis, and left her in ‘constant’ pain.
“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,” Williams said in a statement.
“I needed to find a way to take back control of my health,” she added.
The seven-time Grand Slam winner and four-time Olympic gold medalist then transitioned to a vegan diet after consulting her doctors. Her sister Serena Williams, a fellow vegan, also played a pivotal role in helping Venus make the switch.
“In just 10 months, I recovered and won my fifth Wimbledon Championship and an Olympics Gold medal,” Williams said.
“I’ve now won 75 Championship tennis titles and had one of the longest careers in tennis history.”
‘Strive towards being their best self’
Since her health diagnosis, the athlete has worked with top nutritionists and dieticians to create a plant-based nutritional blend that fuels her mind and body and keeps her on top of her game. Her Happy Viking protein shake is formulated to deliver the same benefits.
“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,” Williams said.
The plant-based Happy Viking shakes cost only $2.91 per bottle and are available in Vanilla Bean and Triple Chocolate flavors.
The shakes are available to shop on the company’s website and through Amazon, and will launch at Kroger stores nationwide early next year.
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