Review: Food Guide for Soccer
“You are about to embark on one of the most wonderful aspects of your, or your child’s, soccer career. Understanding the principles of good sports nutrition (which is good nutrition for life), it is completely reasonable to expect a player and team to discover a whole new level of play, and of excellence.”
Authors Gloria Averbuch and Nancy Clark quoted in the Forward.
This extremely organized, entertaining, educational and practical book is themed around soccer nutrition for female athletes; however, readers from all backgrounds will benefit from its excellent dietary advice. Both authors have significant experience with health and nutrition at the amateur, university and professional level. If your knowledge about sports nutrition was limited before reading the book, you will receive a significant introduction about a vital topic.
Well-Organized with Quick References
This is a well-organized book that was compiled for easy future reference. There is a good blend of charts, images, quotes, text and website links. I liked how the authors color-coded dietary charts with a green background and food recipes in orange. They also provided separate sections for what to eat before and after practices, during travel and competitive games. Tips from professional players enhance the practical value of this guide.
Educational without Complications
The authors presented significant nutritional suggestions and standards; however, the information is displayed in easy-to-understand sections. They teach that eating healthfully doesn’t need to be expensive or time-consuming. For example, making the point that one banana and a glass of orange juice meet the daily U.S. recommended requirement for 2 cups of fruits. Or that the proper mineral-rich cereal can jump-start your day. Other interesting tips were how to eat a healthy lunch at fast food restaurants and the nutritional value of pasta sauces. Common sense examples such as these will be very helpful for parents, children and even professional athletes.
Knowledge of Professional Players
One area that stood out to me was the in-depth knowledge and appreciation of proper nutrition by the WPS players. Several were quoted in the book. For example, French international Sonia Bompastor of the Washington Freedom:
“I take iron because I’m anemic and I need that iron to perform on the field… A lot of soccer players need to take iron.”
Wide Variety of Recipes
The book contains over 40 recipes designed by WPS players from around the globe. From “Game Day Pancakes” by Karina LeBlanc of Canada to “Feijoada” by Rosana from Brazil and “Japanese-style Hamburgers” by Aya Miyama, you can experience the international flavor (no pun intended) of Women’s Professional Soccer.
My favorite? “Pasta with Chicken” by the all-time international caps leader, Kristine Lilly from the USA.
A wide variety of high-quality images accompany each chapter. The pictures demonstrate the diversity of nutritional food groups and world-class players who compete in Women’s Professional Soccer.
For your next practice, game or road trip, pack the “Food Guide For Soccer: Tips & Recipes from the Pros.” It will provide you with the winning nutritional edge for increased athletic performance.
“Food Guide for Soccer: Tips & Recipes from the Pros” by Gloria Averbuch and Nancy Clark, MS, RD
My Rating: *****
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About the Authors
Gloria Averbuch is an award-winning author of 12 previous books on sports, soccer, health and fitness. Averbuch is the Director of Public Relations/Marketing for Sky Blue FC, one of the seven founding franchises of Women’s Professional Soccer. Nancy Clark MS, RD, a trusted and internationally respected sports nutritionist, is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, with a private practice at Healthworks in Chestnut Hill , MA. She is nutrition consultant for the Boston Breakers of Women’s Professional Soccer.
About the Reviewer
Steve Amoia is a freelance writer, editor and translator from Washington, D.C. He writes the World Football Commentaries blog. He has written for AC Cugini Scuola Calcio (Italian soccer school), Football Media, Keeper Skool and Soccerlens.
The publisher at Soccerlens and the reviewer were not compensated for this book review. We would like to thank Ginger Bock, Marketing Representative, at Cardinal Publishers Group for her kind assistance.