Be-Lee-ve!

January 25, 2012 at 9:32 am Leave a comment

[As you know, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness staff members are big Phillies fans. So when one of our volunteers, Nadina Fraimow, told us she shared the same passion for sports, wellness and all things Phillies, we had to get her on board. Nadina will be sharing her gluten-free experiences as she follows the Phillies year-round.]

Be-Lee-ve!

A Phightin’ to Be Gluten-Free Blog

Be-Lee-ve it — spring training is less than one month away!  As Phillies catchers and pitchers prepare for Clearwater, FL, management continues to play “Moneyball” with players on the home field.  Last month, the latest buzz to reach media channels followed the potential deal to re-sign shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

The Phillies did go Rollin’ into the holiday season with him on the team and signed to a 3-year contract.  Next to bat, Cole Hamels and Wilson Valdez both signed a 1-year contract with the Phillies.  If the destination for Rollins, Hamels and Valdez is a Phightin’ Phils ticket to the World Series, then their journey starts now.

This week, two sports legends—Andy Musser and Joe Paterno died.  To quote the latter, Paterno always said, “Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things.”

My family team is Phightin’ strong, cheerin’ loud and Be-lee-vin’ in the gluten-free community, each other and ourselves. When we get together, there is always a food adventure involving new recipes, ingredients, and foods from restaurants and grocers.  Our All-Star trifecta in the kitchen is quite the team to beat during pre-spring training!

A Grand Slam, gluten-free adventure can be found in Ardmore, PA, a Philadelphia suburb on the stretch known as the Main Line.  This week, our local Trader Joe’s is hosting a gluten-free food tasting station.  I  highly recommend a must-try lunch option, the  gluten-free super spinach salad (contains quinoa, carrots, cranberries, chickpeas, edamame, pumpkin seeds, and a ginger miso dressing) for an All-Star energy boost.  My change-up is to be creative and introduce additional ingredients to existing recipes. To the salad, I added avocado for texture, spicy falafel chips for flavor and tuna for protein.   

Rounding in the bases, Di Bruno Brothers is now carrying a full line of gluten-free focaccia, breads and rolls from Lancaster’s Amaranth Bakery and gluten-free deli meats, including my favorite, Boar’s Head Turkey Pastrami.  Each week, gluten-free products are added to Di Bruno Brothers diverse selection of gourmet foods.

Sliding into home plate, Sushi Sei at the Ardmore Farmers Market safely prepares special orders of gluten-free sushi and sells gluten-free ginger dressing and soy sauce.  The sushi is artistically rolled with the freshest fish and vegetables!

Stay tuned for upcoming restaurant and product reviews to enjoy during the baseball off-season.  Clearwater, FL—here we come!

– Nadina

About Nadina:
Nadina Fraimow began volunteering with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) in April 2011, and will be happy to answer messages addressed to her at the info@celiaccentral.org email account. Nadina learned that she has gluten sensitivity in February 2011, and is grateful for having been diagnosed promptly and correctly by a knowledgeable gastroenterologist. She enjoys running, shopping for gluten-free sweets and creating recipes that are both tasty and healthy. Nadina is a Marketing and Communications professional living and working in Philadelphia. Nadina is also a proud Penn State alumna and an avid fan of the Phillies.

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