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Feeding the Young Athlete: Sports Nutrition Made Easy for Players, Parents, and Coaches

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Eat to win! Practice is only part of a winning sports strategy. Whole foods have to be part of the playbook to increase energy, endurance, and focus, both on and off the field. What to eat and when to eat, pre-game, during and afterwards? How much fluid do you need to be hydrated? What to eat when you’re on the road? These are critical answers to have for young athletes, competing on a demanding schedule and eating on the run.

In this expanded second edition, simple nutritional...

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Overview


Eat to win! Practice is only part of a winning sports strategy. Whole foods have to be part of the playbook to increase energy, endurance, and focus, both on and off the field. What to eat and when to eat, pre-game, during and afterwards? How much fluid do you need to be hydrated? What to eat when you’re on the road? These are critical answers to have for young athletes, competing on a demanding schedule and eating on the run.

In this expanded second edition, simple nutritional lessons are organized into 10 Essential Eating Guidelines and recipes for cooking healthy meals and snacks with whole grains and vegetables. These recipes and eating tips offer a gateway for young players, parents, and coaches to improve performance and establish lifelong eating habits.

Cynthia Lair, nutritionist, culinary director at Bastyr University--and soccer mom--along with dietitian and triathlete, Scott Murdoch, PhD, bring you this essential reading for today’s young athlete to make or choose great foods and drinks that nourish and replenish, at home, at school, or on the road.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This slender but info-dense book is packed with practical, concrete advice for fueling up, maintaining energy, and recovering from physical activity, backed up by research and explanations of physiological processes. Large sidebars and pull quotes get the point across—even to readers simply skimming the pages. Includes 33 appealing recipes."
School Library Journal

"Rating: OUTSTANDING. This attractive, contemporary, hip-looking, casual-sounding title…will surely motivate young athletes to be more conscious of their nutrition, make simple, immediate changes, and perhaps even keep focused for the rest of their lives on both healthy nutrition and positive athletic performance."
BayViews, Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California

"There are a ton of magazines out there that will tell you how to get in shape but Feeding The Young Athlete is the only guide I've seen that understand the uniqueness of the teenaged body. This is important, and it's well done. Kudos all around."
Bookslut

“With so much partial and misinformation available through the internet for young athletes, there is finally a common sense, informational book written for them in simple language… There are many boxes with quickly gleaned information, yet the pages never look crowded. Teens will probably begin by glancing at this book, but soon they will want to read it from cover to cover. Athletes are always trying to achieve their best. They know there is a relationship between what they eat and how they perform. Here is a book that is very accessible. Every library should own this book, display it and recommend it for teens, their parents, and coaches.”
CLCD, Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database

“A great resource for parents, teens and coaches who care about easy alternatives to junk food and the nutritional reasons behind them.”
Clare Hodgson Meeker, Author, Soccer Dreams

“Thank you, Cynthia and Readers to Eaters, for a great family-friendly culinary resource!”
Melissa A. Trainer, Al Dente, Amazon Food & Cooking Blog

"A refreshing look at fueling athletes from the inside out. Feeding the Young Athlete serves up healthy sports food ideas paired with the science behind how they improve performance.”
Emily Edison, Sports & Wellness Dietitian, Owner, Momentum Nutrition & Fitness

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
With so much partial and misinformation available through the internet for young athletes, here is a common sense, informational book written for them in simple language. Lair, a certified health and nutrition counselor is an assistant professor in the Nutrition and Exercise Science Department at Bastyr University. She has partnered with Scott Murdoch who has a doctorate in nutrition and human performance. Together they explain what young athletes should be eating for practices, and before and after games. Lair and Murdoch make a strong case for young athletes to eat real food. They offer recipes for breakfast, pack-n-go snacks and "winning pregame meals." The layout is inviting. There are many boxes with quickly gleaned information, yet the pages never look crowded. Teens will probably begin by glancing at this book, but soon they will want to read it from cover to cover. Athletes are always trying to achieve their best. They know there is a relationship between what they eat and how they perform. Here is a book that is very accessible. Every library should own this book, display it and recommend it for teens, their parents, and coaches. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983661528
  • Publisher: Readers to Eaters
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 220,119
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Cynthia Lair is a certified Health and Nutrition Counselor. She is the Culinary Curriculum Director and an assistant professor at Bastyr University's School of Nutrition and Exercise Science. Her popular cookbook, Feeding the Whole Family, is in its third edition and has sold over 50,000 copies. She is also a contributing editor for Mothering magazine. In addition to her teaching and writing, Cynthia is the co-creator and host of the online web cooking show, Cookus Interruptus at www.cookusinterruptus.com, believing that education is most effective when accompanied by humor.

Dr. Scott Murdoch, Ph.D., RD received his doctorate in Nutrition and Human Performance and is a Registered Dietitian. He was a core faculty member at Bastyr University and has competed in over 90 triathlons, including three Ironman World Championships.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Part 1 How to Feed Young Athletes 13

1 Ten Essential Eating Guidelines for Superb Performance 15

2 Five Undermining Eating Habits 51

Part 2 What to Feed Young Athletes 57

3 Top Tan Foods for Your Game Man 59

4 Homemade Sports Drinks 65

5 Breakaway Breakfast Recipes 73

6 Pack-n-Go Snacks to Make in Your Kitchen 87

7 Pack-n-Go Snacks to Buy at the Store 101

8 Winning Pre-Game Meals 105

9 Food on the Road 125

10 Team Meals 131

Q&A 134

Index 139

Resources 142

Biography 144

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

    A must read book for any parent of an athlete!!! Very easy to r

    A must read book for any parent of an athlete!!! Very easy to read with great ideas, tips, and insight into keeping your active child healthy and happy.

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