Today is Kiwi Cotter’s birthday. He’s not a fan of birthdays. Well, not his own. I call him The Birthday Scrooge. He thinks he’s getting old (in triathlon years), but I beg to differ. I like to think he is aging like fine wine.. bolder and smoother with the years, yes? YES!
Anyway, this weekend he has another small race and since he missed so much training the past few weeks due to a virus, he has decided to train through it, meaning he won’t be tapering. He also needs lots of good fuel and recovery food to boost his immunity, especially after this past weekend’s race and fiasco. This means the birthday Mexican feast is postponed, but that does not mean good food won’t be had.
We’re focusing on dairy free and gluten free foods this week so that he can MAXIMIZE his nutrient intake. Now don’t get me wrong, we love our yogurts, kefir, etc. and we still have them in the fridge, but when intensity is higher therefore making recovery more crucial, we tweak his diet a bit. This allows more nutrient absorption,stronger immunity, and hopefully a decrease in inflammation.
Here’s a great article from another pro about GF pre race diet.
So more eggs, GF oats, fruit, greens, seeds/nuts, organic beef, fish, and dairy free protein smoothies. I like to add in more omega oils in the smoothies as well.
Steak, Strawberry, and Nut Salad.
Dairy Free/Gluten Free Mac and Chick Peas. Yep, this is his birthday meal. You must try it too! I promise you will not know be disappointed!
Kiwi Cotter’s favorite allergy friendly recipe
- Gluten Free Pasta (macaroni or rotini)
- Dairy Free shredded cheese (1/2 cup)- Go Veggie, Almond/cashew Cheese, or Daiya are great to use.
- 1 can chick peas
- 1 jar pimentos
- curry powder
- garlic- 1 to 2 tsp.
- sea salt and black pepper- to taste
- olive oil or other oil of choice (2 tbsp.)
- almond milk (unsweetened)- 1/4 to 1/2 cup
- Optional: diced chicken, tofu, tempeh, or beef
First, drain the chicken peas and dry them off. Coat them in 1 tbsp. oil and curry powder. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 400F for about 15 minutes or until gold brown. Set aside. Then cook pasta according to the directions. Strain the water and add it the milk, cheese, oil, and seasoning. Stir on low until cheese starts to melt. Once its starts to melt, add in your chick peas and pimentos until all the cheese is melted and coated onto the pasta and chick peas.
Do you change the foods you eat during training or before a race?
I know this girl is changing a lot of foods this week in order to prep for her big COMPETITION!!! So close Laura!
Cheers and Happy Birthday Kiwi Cotter!
LC (aka sherpa wife)