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5 Gluten-free tips from Xterra USA Championship series athlete Jennifer Smith

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Gluten Free

The gluten-free movement isn’t just a fad. It could be the performance boost you’ve been missing.

Gluten-free tips from Xterra USA Championship series athlete Jennifer Smith, who gave up gluten in 2007 and experienced a breakout season in 2008, finishing third in series points

Eat Gluten-Free Oats for Breakfast

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1. For breakfast I love gluten-free oats from Bob’s Red Mill. I soak them in juice or yogurt and then add fruit and nuts.

Check Your Energy Bars for Gluten

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Surprisingly, many energy and protein bars contain gluten. Hammer Bars, Larabars, and Kind Bars do not.

Try Gluten-Free Bread or Crackers

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I usually travel with ­gluten-free bread or crackers. I like UDI’s gluten-free bagels and Mary’s Gone Crackers. You can always have a sandwich made in a deli and supply your own bread.

Always Carry a Gluten-Free Snack

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Don’t expect that there will be options, even in restaurants. Always bring some food with you.

Get Creative With Gluten-Free Options

fruit and yogurt
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Meals can be adaptable: at a pasta party, I’ll eat some meat sauce and drink some fruit juice. When I get home, I’ll have some fruit, yogurt, and almonds for dessert. That’s a ton of carbs. I won a triathlon doing that the night before.

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