Love for the Game: Celeste Boureille
Celeste Boureille is a professional soccer player who currently plays midfield for the Portland Thorns FC in the National Women’s Soccer League. As an Ambassador for Nuzest, she is passionate about living each day to its fullest and enjoying Clean Lean Protein by Nuzest to fuel her active lifestyle. We recently caught up with Celeste to learn more about her love for soccer and how she incorporates Nuzest into her daily routine.
Q: When did you start playing soccer and how did you discover it was your passion?
I actually started playing when I was 12 years old and have never looked back. I love everything about the game, but most of all, I love the people and teammates I meet along the way, who will forever be lifelong friends and family to me.
Q: What advice would you give to soccer beginners?
If you love the game like I do, continue to play for that reason. No one can take that from you. Continue to have fun and enjoy the journey of putting in the work to be the best player you can be.
Q: How does getting back onto the field this season differ from last season?
During the pandemic, having to train and workout by myself was definitely a difficult adjustment, but it really made me appreciate how lucky I am to be able to live out my dream of playing professional soccer. Being back on the field and being able to play again after a year of the pandemic has been a blessing and it has also reminded me to never take playing with my teammates for granted.
Q: With soccer being such a demanding sport, what does your health and wellness routine look like? Or any fitness routines?
I had to adjust my training regiment during the pandemic, but I actually feel better now than I ever have. I adjusted to the new way of working out on my own and tried to make the most out of a difficult situation by getting into a routine and creating good habits. This has been helpful for me as I continue to carry these good habits in my training lifestyle today. For me, feeling at my best on the field, means taking care of my health and wellness off the field as well. With soccer being such a demanding sport, sleep and nutrition are two key areas I focus on that I truly think help my performance. Whatever type of day I have planned ahead, my routine of getting a good night's rest, working out in the morning, and taking my protein post-training has been so important to me.
Q: What are some of the goals you have for yourself?
As a professional soccer player, the dream of playing for my country one day is always a goal. But I think the most important thing for me is to try and be the best version of myself and the best player I can be. I think in order to achieve this, trying to maximize every opportunity given to me and improve as much as possible every day is key.
Q: Is there a lesson you have learned from being a soccer player, if so what is it?
Probably the biggest lesson I’ve learned as I’m getting older in my career, is just to play each day as if it were my last. Be present in the moment because I won’t be playing forever, so I’ve learned to truly enjoy each and every day, game, training session, passing pattern, everything!
Q: How do you incorporate Nuzest into your active lifestyle?
I incorporate Nuzest into my active lifestyle every day and in multiple ways. I will have Clean Lean Protein daily after my workouts, usually just in cold water or almond milk. I love making smoothies with Nuzest and you can literally never go wrong with any flavor, some milk of your choosing, and frozen fruit/veggies.
Q: Do you have a favorite recipe you like making with Nuzest?
Although I love the taste of any of the Nuzest flavors in just water, I do love getting creative at times and trying different recipes. Because Nuzest has a wide range of flavors, there’s so many different types of recipes I’ve tried! My go-to right now is my version of ice cream. It's high in protein, healthy, thick, chocolate ice cream with Rich Chocolate Clean Lean Protein by Nuzest, cacao powder, a little almond milk, a frozen banana, and frozen cauliflower with some dark chocolate chips inside. So simple, yet so good!
Q: What is your favorite thing about Nuzest products?
I have two favorite things I love most about Nuzest. I love how I can never really get sick of having it because of all the different and tasty flavors. It’s a good problem to have when one of the hardest decisions of the day is whether I’m feeling like a Chai Turmeric + Maca Clean Lean Protein latte or Vanilla Matcha Clean Lean Protein at that moment. I also love the feeling I have after drinking or eating it. It’s gut-friendly, easily digestible, has no added sugars or fillers, and it's vegan! Coming from someone who is moving to more of a plant-based diet, I’ve really enjoyed this product and haven’t found a protein this clean and delicious until now!
To connect with Celeste Boureille, visit her Instagram @CelesteBoureille.