A Focus on Sustainability in Sports: Lauren Barnes

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Lauren Barnes is a professional soccer player who has played in Australia, Sweden, and the United States. She currently plays as Defender for OL Reign in the National Women's Soccer League. Lauren is passionate about sustainability and seeks to incorporate her sustainability efforts into the sports world. As an ambassador for Nuzest, we recently caught up with her to learn more about her journey as an athlete, the importance of sustainability, and more.

Q. When did you start playing soccer and how did you discover it was your passion?

I started playing soccer at age four because I wanted to be just like my older brother. I didn’t discover that it was my passion until much later in high school, as I was always part of many different sports and activities growing up. 

Q. What advice would you give to those just starting out in their soccer careers?

Always seek out opportunities to improve, whether that’s during or outside of your team training. 

Q. How does getting back onto the field this season differ from last season? 

It’s been exciting to get back to full capacity and have the support of our fans in-person again! Entering this season, we had a much clearer expectation of what the schedule and COVID-19 protocols would be, so it has been nice to regain a sense of rhythm and establish a routine again. 

Q. With soccer being such a demanding sport, what does your health and wellness routine look like? What is your fitness routine?

I prioritize my sleep and nutrition so I can ensure that I give myself the best chance to recover between training sessions and games. In terms of fitness, we typically train about five days a week, do two gym sessions, and have a match during the regular season.

Q. What are some career goals you have for yourself?

My biggest goal has always been to win a National Women's Soccer League title with OL Reign. In addition, I want to make OL Reign the most sustainable club in the NWSL. 

Q. Is there a lesson you have learned from being a soccer player, and if so, what is it? 

The most important thing that has gotten me through my soccer career is having balance. Having other interests and passions outside of soccer allows me to come to trainings and games refreshed and ready to perform. 

Q. How do you incorporate Nuzest into your active lifestyle?

I incorporate Clean Lean Protein by Nuzest into my daily meals, usually adding it to my breakfast in oatmeal or pancakes. I also use it in between training sessions to help recover and repair my body. 

Q. What is your favorite Nuzest product?

My favorite Nuzest product is the Rich Chocolate Clean Lean Protein powder. 

Q. Do you have a favorite recipe you like making with Nuzest?

Yes, pre-game protein pancakes are my favorite go-to meal before a game!

Q. What is your favorite thing about Nuzest products?

My favorite things about Nuzest products are definitely the flavors and how easy it is on my stomach. I have never tried a protein powder that tasted so good in smoothies or just on its own.

Connect with Lauren Barnes today by visiting her Instagram page @Luuuuluuu.

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