Everywhere you turn this week, its hard to miss the Olympics. Whether it be a replay on the sports channel, a medal update on the radio or a “Did you see that?” conversation between coworkers, the thrill of the Olympics is every where. Instead of looking at the podium or ranking scores, this Food Friday is going to focus on an athlete who is near and dear to my heart!
The Glutino Gluten Free Gurus
Over the course of the next year, Glutino will be introducing you to athletes and other famous people who live a gluten free lifestyle to guide you through the many facets of everyday gluten free living. In collaboration with a team of established gluten free experts, we will be sharing advice on how to survive a gluten free lifestyle during every day activities like traveling, shopping, gym workouts and of course meal time!
DASHA – An Olympic cross-country skier for Team Canada
Our first Gluten Free Guru is Dasha Gaiazova. Dasha is a cross-country skier and two-time world cup medalist who is competing in the 2014 Sochi Olympics! Dasha was diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2008 after she noticed a persistent sluggish feeling and decreased in her performance. After several test, it was confirmed that Dasha was suffering from Celiac disease and needed to maintain a gluten free lifestyle. Going gluten free was challenge that played a big role in her overall fitness plan and training. After maintaining a steady gluten free lifestyle, Dasha was able to get back into her competitive physical state and achieve her ultimate dream of competing in Sochi Olympics.
To find tips that allowed Dasha to achieve her dream, check out Dasha’s 10 Ways to Live a Healthy and Active Gluten Free Lifestyle: HERE
Food Friday’s feature: Glutino Chocolate Pretzels
After a long workout, Dasha’s favorite snack to refuel with is Glutinos Chocolate Pretzels. This is the perfect sweet treat for any gluten free loved one on Valentine’s Day!
Normally, on Food Friday I include a recipe to go along with the topic I’m discussing. This week, however, the Glutino Chocolate Pretzels didn’t make it that long. The moment, I opened the bag, kids came flying for different areas of the house. With protests, that I needed to take pictures, I was able to scare off the boys but DD2 and Mommy took a few pictures and had a bonding moment over a bag of chocolate covered pretzels. They were so delicious. The chocolate melted in your mouth. It was rich, smooth and not too sweet. The pretzel added a salty kick and a nice crunch. They are the perfect treat after a long day and a new staple in our house!