Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Udi's Fuels my Runs (a Gluten Free review)

Now that I am living a gluten free lifestyle, I am on a quest for new foods - not that just taste good, but can help me as a runner. So, I have contacted a few companies that make gluten free products, and they have sent me some products to review! The past few days have been brought to you (well, me), by:
Check out their website at http://udisglutenfree.com/. A lot of their products are also at Safeway, Wegmans, and your local grocery store.
Today's breakfast: Part 1 (pre-Run): Kix cereal and coffee
Part 2: Post run: Glass of milk, small GF brownie and Udi's bagel

Lunch: 2 yoplait light yogurts (Boston Cream Pie and French Vanilla)

1 Udi's sandwich with Hillshire roast beef
Dinner: chicken and rice

Both Udi bagels and their bread have been excellent! I think one of the first things to keep in mind is appearance. You want to believe that the product actually resembles its gluten counterpart. The bagels and sandwich bread could easily be mistaken for the "regular kind." Yesterday was the first time I had the bagel, and I was pleasantly surprsied. Sometimes I find bagels to have a difficult texture that makes it hard to enjoy (and eat neatly). This was easier to enjoy, which I did with some coffee. I didn't feel too full, and after a workout, I felt that the bagel helped give me the energy I needed to continue on with my day!
And the sandwich bread has been exceptional. While the bagel's appearance was a little different from the original version, the sandwich bread looked identical to wheat bread. Even had the same texture -- the only differnce was the lack of gluten, which you could not taste. I have switched over to Hillshire Roast Beef (no gluten in this particular processed meat), and the two together have been excellent!
I have found the sandwich to be a good strong lunch that either helps me get ready for an afternoon workout, or to keep me going after a morning run.
Now, Udi's has also sent me some GF pizza crusts, which I have yet to try. Stay tuned for a review on them.
Overall, Udi's gets my seal of approval. I think they will play an integral role in my diet now, especially since bagels and sandwich bread can be regular staples to my marathon training diet. Udi's also carries other products besides baked goods and bread. Congratulations, and thank you, Udi's. After the professor finished going through the grading rubric...
You get an A!

And how exactly has Udi's helped fuel me up?
Monday: 2000 yard swim, 1 hour elliptical
Tuesday: track workout. 2.5 mile w/u, 4 x 1 mile, starting at 7:25 pace and aiming to knock 5-7 seconds off. Ended up running 7:25, 7:18, 7:11, and 7:06. Then 2 laps, and then 2 x800 (aiming for 3:30, 3:27). Ended up feeling strong enough to run 3:29, 3:26. 2.5 mile cooldown. Total: 11.75 miles - Very successful track workout! I think this is turning to my favorite (running) day of the week.
Wednesday: Rowed 5k in 30:40 in the AM, 3 mile (easy) run in the PM. It was 62 and sunny - I just couldn't resist an easy 3. It was like nature implored me to - I know some of you know the feeling.
Thursday: 10 mile run with 7 at 8:00 pace
Friday: Double XT
Saturday: OFF - Kathleen's wedding! My best friend is getting married this weekend, which means I am leaving for Rochester TONIGHT. So incredibly excited - it is going to be a great day.
Sunday: 19 miles - we'll save that after the wedding brunch.
And then Monday morning I fly to Florida! This has been a good training week, and I look forward to doing all of next week's runs in shorts!

1 comment:

  1. Glad you are finding some gluten-free eats homeslice.

    Moms like kicks for what kix is not.