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Review | Eat Like a Champion

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Performance Nutrition for Your Young Athlete

Kids have their own nutritional needs—especially athletic kids. Yet most young athletes aren’t eating properly to compete. Even if they’re on a “healthy” diet, it’s often supplemented by convenient but empty calories that are actually slowing them down.

Fortunately, with the right nutrition, young athletes can increase their energy, bolster their motivation, gain muscle mass, overcome fatigue, and improve their performance. Eat Like a Champion will help their parents:

  • Tailor diets for training, competition, and even off-season
  • Find the best food options, whether at home or on the go
  • Address counterproductive or unhealthy eating patterns
  • Understand where supplements, sports drinks, and performance-enhancing substances do—and don’t—fit in
  • And more
    It took a registered dietitian who specializes in child and adolescent nutrition to write a book as focused and informative as this—complete with charts, recipes, and practical meal and snack ideas that can help athletic youngsters eat to win. It’s a must-read for every parent of active kids ages eight through eighteen.

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    Hott Review:

    As most know about me, I’m a mother of athletes and wife to a coach. Proper nutrition for our children and teams is a crucial element in everything we do. So when I saw a new book I snapped it up in hopes of not only learning something new but finding a new resource to share with other parents and coaches.
    What I liked: I rolled my eyes when I read the in the introduction of Eat Like a Champion what this book offered and would teach. All I could think was, “Really? Does Ms. Castle know how many books have claimed that? None of them has delivered.” Sure, I hoped that one day I’d find a book that would help me to know what to do, but honestly I’ve just been guessing.
    Well, no more. Eat Like a Champion is the absolute best resource I’ve found to teach my children to eat! I have real data paired with actionable charts and recipes to easily navigate the grocery store and pair meals so that my kids are performing at their best in school and on the field, court, etc.
    Side Note: Before I was even half done reading Eat Like a Champion I’d ordered the physical version. The kindle version is fine for reading & quick reference, but you’re going to want the hard copy, too.
    What I didn’t like: Actually, I feel that the benefits of this book for non-athletic children and teens is absolutely understated. While, yes, Eat Like a Champion is geared to teach athletes it is also a great resource for non-athletes.


    Author: Jill Castle
    Source: NetGalley
    Publisher & Date: July 8th 2015 by AMACOM/American Management Association
    Genre: Self Help, Sports
    ISBN: 0814436226 (ISBN13: 9780814436226)
    Pages: 240
    Grade: A+
    This Counts for these Challenges: 2015 Let Me Count The Ways Reading Challenge, 2015 New Authors Reading Challenge, 2015 Women Challenge, 2015 NetGalley Reading Challenge, Monthly Mix-up Mania

    Author Bio:

    Registered dietitian and nutritionist, former private practice owner, author of Eat Like a Champion: Performance Nutrition for Your Young Athlete, and co-author of Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School.

    Mom of four kids. Amateur cook and golfer. Lover of antiques, historical fiction, and labradors.

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