Healthy food, bev­er­ages re­flect di­etary needs of ath­letes

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Weekend Life -

On the ski hill at Canada Olympic Park, corn dogs, burg­ers and fries are the meals of choice for those slip­ping down the slopes.

In­side WinS­port’s Markin MacPhail Cen­tre, ath­letes need a dif­fer­ent kind of food to fuel them.

A few months ago, their op­tions in the fa­cil­ity’s cafe­te­ria were lim­ited to carb-heavy bread sand­wiches slathered with gloppy may­on­naise and filled with pro­cessed meat, a salad bar stocked with mayo-laden po­tato salad and en­ergy drinks. Now, a shift in the food and bever- age pro­gram is an­swer­ing the di­etary needs of those train­ing to rep­re­sent Canada at the 2014 Win­ter Olympics in Sochi — and other sports — while hav­ing a rip­ple ef­fect in what oth­ers are or­der­ing to eat.

“We were used to tourism. Kids on the ski hill want corn dogs,” says Ja­son McKay, the di­rec­tor of food and bev­er­age sales for WinS­port Canada. “We needed to switch that men­tal­ity so we have op­tions for healthier dishes.”

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