Dana Vollmer’s Gluten-Free Power Breakfast - Celiac Disease
Aug 4 2012

Dana Vollmer’s Gluten-Free Power Breakfast

Have you been watching the Olympics?  The first seven days have been very exciting!  Dana Vollmer, gluten-free swimmer, won two gold medals and has credited her “power breakfast” as fueling her to win the gold and set a new world record!  From Dana’s Twitter feed:

My fav meal still- rice w/almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, peanut butter and milk! I ate this before my swim last night! #GF #eggfree

She went on to tweet the steps to making the breakfast along with pictures of each step.


I decided that I wanted to give the power breakfast a try.  I had a lot on my schedule on Friday and any help that I could get certainly couldn’t hurt.  Additionally, that breakfast bowl happened to contain some of my favorite foods.  I did modify the bowl a bit, as I didn’t have all of the ingredients on hand.


My power breakfast contained:

  • Brown rice
  • Earth Fare natural peanut butter
  • Banana
  • Blackberries
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Drizzle of maple syrup

At first I didn’t know that this would fill me up, but this kept me full for several hours!  It was a great way to refuel after my run and workout.  I loved the combination of flavors and have all kinds of ideas to tweak this recipe.  Quinoa or amaranth would make a nice substitute for brown rice.

Turns out that Dana Vollmer isn’t the only gluten-free athlete competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics.  Jenn Suhr, the world’s top-ranked female pole vaulter, was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2011; Andrew Steele will run the 400m and 400m relays for Great Britain; Nate Brannen will run the 1500m race for Canada; Novak Djokovic, bronze medal winner in men’s tennis singles at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, will compete for Serbia in the men’s singles and men’s doubles.

Have you been following the Olympics?  What is your favorite event to watch?


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Kyle Eslick is the founder of Gluten Free Media, as well as the creator of the popular Celiac Support Groups page. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and now Google+!


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