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"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

From the Inside Flap

Eat to Win!
Practice is only part of a winning sports strategy. Whole foods need to be in the playbook to boost an athlete's energy, endurance and focus, both on and off the field.
What to eat to maximize performance? When to eat on game ays? How much to drink for proper hydration? Where to eat on the road?
These are vital questions young athletes, parents and coaches face every day while trying to refuel on the run.
In this revised and expanded edition, simple nutrition lessons are organized into essential eating guidelines with 33 terrific recipes for nutritious, delicious meals and snacks. Feeding the Young Athlete serves up the perfect game plan for improving performance and establishing lifelong healthy-eating habits.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Readers to Eaters; 2 edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983661529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983661528
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We really liked the smart thinking in this book. My child is a multi-sport athlete and quite fit, and eats a TON of food. She plays club volleyball, and planning snacks and meals around a 12-hour tournament day (especially when they might go for 2-3 hours without a break) was daunting. This really helped me get her the energy she needs.

Before this, I was doing a lot of things "wrong" - feeding her the larger meals too close to game times, and trying to get her to eat protein snacks just before a game - and since I've read this book, she has performed better and had a more consistent energy level. I can even see the difference between her and her teammates based on what I see them all eating and when. Now it makes sense to me!
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I enjoy both this book and Cynthia Lair's _Feeding the Whole Family_ for their recipes which use many of the same whole food ingredients. Shopping for a few new items in the pantry will go a long way toward being able to enjoy many of the delicious, wholesome recipes in this book. I've gone through several copies of Feeding the Young Athlete because I keep giving it away to teen athletes and their families to emphasize the importance of whole foods over less nutritious foods that are often grabbed out of convenience by busy athletes on the run. The recipes in this book provide great ideas for team dinners, drinks, snacks, and nutritious meals.
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This is a very clear, straightforward book with lots of helpful suggestions and some recipes. Cynthia Lair's book, Feeding the Whole Family, is my all-time favorite cookbook, so I was hoping for more recipes, but it's still helpful and the recipes it has are good ones. I had my teenage son read it and he actually got a lot out of it--he changed some of his eating habits because of it. It's well written and has lots of practical advice about that to eat, when to eat it, and why your body needs it. It also has good suggestions for quick snacks, good choices for when you're travelling, and other practical tips. LOVE this author.
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I love Cynthia's writing style. She is so entertaining, but full of knowledge. This book is full of simple, healthy and fun recipes. I love that she includes bars, "gatorade" type drinks, etc. It's great to have the background of why different foods are better for your body and why some aren't
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Excellent ideas for meals, snacks and general nutrition. This book isn't for everyone though. If you think cooking real food with whole-food ingredients is critically important then buy this book. Otherwise just keep buying those lunchables and gummy "fruit" snacks for your poor kids.
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Good information, easy to read for either child (maybe 5th grade and up) or parent. Some of the recipes don't strike me as particularly child-friendly, and I have a kid who will eat almost anything, but an overall good book.
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I love this book! As a nutrition student and athlete, I would highly recommend this book. It is easy to read and the style captures the attention of the most distractible readers. It is filled with great, educational information for athletes and their parents as well as practical suggestion and easy, yummy recipes.
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I just finished Cynthia Lair's book and was really impressed with how much useful information she packed into a simple, readable format. The subtitle, Sports Nutrition Made Easy, is exactly right. The chapters are divided into healthy food and drink recommendations for before, during and after games and how these foods feed our bodies and minds. I am looking forward to trying some of the recipes in the last third of the book for yummy breakfasts, dinners and snacks. A great resource for parents, teens and coaches who care about easy alternatives to junk food and the nutritional reasons behind them.
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