Junk food ban this time around

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Athletes who craved fries have had to forgo them at the Canada Summer Games village this time around.
The village was declared a junk food-free zone during the 2013 Games which close today.
Instead, the young competitors are being given a huge variety of nutritious offerings with no cap on how often they can drop by the cafeteria each day.

"The whole point was to try and get athletes off on a good start," with adequate nutrition to help them perform better, said Christiane Azzi, a nutritionist with Sodexo, which is dishing up the food at Bishop's University in Sherbrooke, Que.

TV personality and cookbook author Michael Smith, who ran the kitchen for Sodexo in Whistler, B.C., during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, chose recipes he thought were suitable for athletes.

Azzi says she and Canada Summer Games head nutritionist Martin Frechette then reviewed them to "make sure they have good carbs, they have adequate protein, they have fat but not too much fat and they're not too heavy for competitions."

In the Games village, athletes are tempted by made-to-order omelette, pasta and stir-fry stations. There are deli bars, where they can make their own sandwiches, salad bars, two daily soups and a cold bar with cottage cheese and fresh-cut fruit. Entrees include lasagna, beef stew and chicken tagine and there are also gluten-free and kosher choices.

Even the pizza was given a healthy twist with whole-wheat crust, vegetables and not too much cheese.

Organizations: Bishop's University in Sherbrooke

Geographic location: Whistler, Canada

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