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Review: Food Guide For Soccer

by: Steve Amoia

18 MAY 2010



“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. Available at

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Here’s a favorite Barbeque Salmon recipe from Keeley Dowling, a member of Sky Blue Football Club in New Jersey. The recipe is family-friendly and a yummy way to boost your intake of health-protective omega-3 fats that help fight inflammation. If you enjoy one salmon meal a week, along with another fish meal (such as tuna for lunch), you'll be able to consume the American Heart Association's recommended intake of omega-3's -- without taking fish oil pills!


This winning recipe is one of many that you might enjoy in my new Food Guide for Soccer: Tips and Recipes from the Pros, co-authored with Gloria Averbuch. The easy-reading, how-to book answers the questions soccer parents and soccer athletes have about what and when to eat for high energy and top performance.



Keeley Dowling’s Barbeque Salmon

When Sky Blue FC Defender Keeley Dowling worked at a sports complex in Tempe, Arizona, the chef cooked this recipe. That chef taught Keeley to cover the entire piece of salmon with barbeque sauce, so it completely blankets the fish; the thicker the better!

Keeley strongly recommends Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce. It blends very nicely with the salmon, so much so that folks who normally don’t like fish will enjoy this meal. This recipe goes nicely with asparagus and rice.


½ to 1 cup Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce

1 lb. salmon


1. Preheat oven to at 400º F.

2. Place salmon in a baking dish lined with foil (to simplify clean-up).

3. Cover the salmon entirely with Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce.

4. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes. The fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork.


Yield: 3 servings

Total calories: 900

Calories per serving: 300


23 g Carbohydrate

30 g Protein

10 g Fat



Food Guide for Soccer: Tips and Recipes from the Pros is available at

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March 25


If you are a soccer player or soccer parent, here’s information about my newest book,  Food Guide for Soccer: Tips and Recipes from the Pros,co-authored with Gloria Averbuch.


New Book Offers Recipes for Soccer Success

A review written by Margo Consul for


With spring soccer season just around the corner for kids and families, Nancy Clark and Gloria Averbuch’s “Food Guide for Soccer: Tips and Recipes from the Pros” is a great way to keep players energized for the game and healthy at the same time.


Players from Women's Professional Soccer offer up their favorite recipes to provide young athletes with easy and tasty meals to help them follow a healthy diet.


The book provides eating tips for before, during and after a practice or a game. In addition there are sections on how to bulk up or to get lean and lighter, like a professional soccer player might do.


"It's a combination of insightful and sensible nutrition from players from different cultures," Averbuch said.


WPS has a large international base as players hail from all over the globe, including Europe, South America, Australia and Canada. Some of the players added their own cultural twist to some traditional favorites like hamburgers or fried rice.


"It's fun to see what Natasha Kai eats in Hawaii and what Marta eats from Brazil," Averbuch said. "If someone is a professional athlete and is eating this, then you know it's good for you, too."

One of the more surprising foods that is mentioned throughout the book is chocolate.


Yael Averbuch of Sky Blue FC -- Gloria's daughter--takes chocolate milk to replenish her muscles after every practice.


"Chocolate milk is a pleasing taste and you certainly want to drink what is better for you so you get an instant hit from the sweet chocolate and you get the protein and the specialty ingredients that are found to be in milk that are helpful," Gloria Averbuch said.



Yael also enjoys taking dark chocolate and pairing it with peanut butter for a high energy snack, which is exciting for anyone who has a bit of a sweet tooth.


Other recipes from popular soccer stars and WPS teams include Brandi Chastain's avocado salad, Abby Wambach's date bars, Kristine Lilly's chicken with mushrooms & roasted potatoes and Marta's signature lasagna.


Averbuch hopes that readers will take away the three major principles from the book:


You need to eat sensibly and sufficiently to support your activity and your lifestyle as young and growing person.

Eating is for fuel and is pleasurable. It's an activity you can share with family and teammates and you shouldn't beat yourself up over eating, because you need to eat.

Understand the principles of good nutrition by whole food and not by fads.


"My co-author Nancy (Clark) is really big on getting your nutrients from whole foods as opposed to what she calls engineered foods, those are your gels and your PowerBars--which are fine to supplement, but not all the time," Averbauch said. "A lot people think you can drink protein drinks or drink powders or a shake or a bar but it's not really what we want people to learn. We want them to learn a good diet from whole foods, foods that you find in their original form."


Although the tips come from a soccer perspective, Averbuch says that this guide is applicable to any active youth sport or youth with an active lifestyle. She hopes this book teaches young athletes good eating habits early so they can achieve their highest potential.


"It's an education for the sport and for the activity, but it's also an education about life. How do young people prepare themselves, you do it by practice."


Averbuch has previously written 12 books on sports, soccer, health and fitness. Her co-author Nancy Clark MS RD, is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, with a private practice at Healthworks in Chestnut Hill, Mass. She is also the nutrition consultant for the Boston Breakers of WPS.


The Food Guide for Soccer is available on line at and

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Nancy Clark RD CSSD

Nancy Clark RD CSSD

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Hi! I specialize in nutrition for exercise, and help active people figure out how to manage food, weight, exercise, energy and enjoyment of eating. Let me know if you have any questions!

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