Great read on what Olympians eat @weightwatchers @loselikeaman

Posted: August 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

Eating for Gold

Watch some of the hottest contenders in top events, and whip up recipes that they inspire
Article By: Jamie Gerardi
swimmer

When it comes to fitness commitment, few athletes are more inspiring than Olympians. Every two years, the world’s most fine-tuned physical specimens congregate to represent their countries, the top honor for which any athlete can qualify.

There’s always particular buzz around certain events, making the buildup to the games all the more exciting. For casual followers and loyal devotees alike, we’re offering a mini-preview of some athletes and events to keep your eye on. If you’re making a gathering out of it, we’ve even offered an appropriate recipe to accompany each Olympic prediction.

Swimming (Medal events: 7/28 – 8/10)
It’s hard to preview the 2012 Olympics without mentioning Michael Phelps. The American star swimmer won a whopping eight golds in 2008, and he’ll be looking to add seven more this year. Inspired by Phelps’ notoriously high-carb diet, we’ve chosen Pasta with Creamy Spinach Pesto as our recipe selection for swim fans. Scoop a forkful during the 400-meter individual medley, where Phelps will face his greatest challenge, against fellow American Ryan Lochte.

Gymnastics (Medal events: 7/30 – 8/7)
Fans will be paying close attention to the Chinese national gymnastics team, anticipating how they’ll follow up on their 18-medal haul in 2008. Gymnastics is a tough event-grouping to predict, since there are no annual world championships to reference. However, the good money is on a very tight race between the Chinese, Americans, British and Japanese to see who can secure the most medals. In honor of the reigning champs, give our Spicy Szechuan Turkey Wraps a whirl.

Sprints (8/5 – 8/9)
Few sprinters will be hotter going into the Olympic games than Jamaican Yohan Blake, who twice defeated his world-renowned countryman Usain Bolt at the JAAA Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships in June. While keeping a close eye on this two-man-showdown in the 100- and 200-meter dash, try a bite of our Jamaican Jerk Turkey Burgers with Tropical Fruit Salsa

Relays (8/10)
Undoubtedly, this year’s most inspiring underdog story is that of South African runner Oscar Pistorius, who will be the first amputee track athlete to compete in the Olympic Games. Pistorius will be representing his country in both the 400-meter and 1,600-meter relay. During those sure-to-be-riveting events, give our South African Pumpkin Fritters a try, in honor of the man the media call “the fastest man on no legs.”

Football (Medal games: 8/9 – 8/11)
Fans of football (not the gridiron kind) will surely have their eyes on Spain during the Olympics. The winners of the 2010 World Cup and 2012 Euro Cup have a chance to complete an exceptionally rare trifecta, with a gold-medal finish in London. If they pull it off, Spain will be just the fourth team in history to hold both the World Cup and Olympic titles. To represent the current kings of soccer, try our Spanish-Style Skillet Chicken with Rice —it’s a great main meal for two or even a family-style plate for sharing at Olympics parties.

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