Soccer—where did those ladies get their energy?

If you watched the USA Women’s World Championship Soccer Games, you couldn’t have helped but see nutrition in action and marvel at the strength, power, and stamina of the talented women. They played for 90 minutes, followed by another 30 minutes of overtime. Talk about the importance of sports nutrition in supporting that effort!

There’s no question that soccer (like most team sports) is a “nutrition sport.” That is, soccer players need to eat well to get the most from their game time efforts. They have to—

–show up at practices and games well hydrated and well fueled,

–have carbs and fluids readily available during halftime to boost their dwindling stores,

–be prepared to play an additional half-hour if the game is tied.

You can’t do all that on a hit or miss sports diet.

I happen to know these ladies fuel their bodies well because many of them shared their nutrition tips for success in Food Guide for Soccer: Tips and Recipes From the Pros by myself and Gloria Averbuch. You can even find yummy date bars that Abby Wambach enjoys. And could you have guessed that one of Homare Sawa’s favorite foods is sushi? The helpful food tips from the nations’ top soccer players make the Food Guide for Soccer a book that not just interesting to read but is also helpful on the field, after the game, and when eating on the road.

Eat well, play well!

Nancy Clark and Gloria Averbuch


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