This is essentially a recipe for tamalitos, little tamales, in the form of a poem. I do enjoy food related books. The poetry was fun. I wasn't a hugeThis is essentially a recipe for tamalitos, little tamales, in the form of a poem. I do enjoy food related books. The poetry was fun. I wasn't a huge fan of the illustrations though....more
I really enjoyed the beginning of the book and even the middle, but my interest fell off toward the end. I loved the quirkiness of Ruth and her familyI really enjoyed the beginning of the book and even the middle, but my interest fell off toward the end. I loved the quirkiness of Ruth and her family, but ran out of steam. The recipes were fun and I may try a few....more
Feeding the Young Athlete is exactly the kind of book that I could have used a few years ago when my children weReview copy: Final copy from publisher
Feeding the Young Athlete is exactly the kind of book that I could have used a few years ago when my children were a bit younger. Lair and Murdock provide some excellent advice to coaches, parents, and the athletes themselves. They point out ten essential eating guidelines that include sipping throughout the day and getting your whole team involved with healthy eating habits. Along the way, readers learn not only what to do, but how it benefits them and their performance. In addition to the guidelines, they also share a few habits to avoid such as skipping meals. The first portion of the book is narrative with some graphics to help it along. The illustrations have a retro feel to them and they break up the text without distracting.
The focus is on planning ahead for eating and drinking. They emphasize preparing things ahead of time so there is less reliance on unhealthy convenience foods. In the event that convenience food cannot be avoided, readers are pointed to quick snack and meal choices that work well.
The second portion of the book goes into specific recipes and menu suggestions. I used quite a few of the recipes over the past week. We tried two of the three homemade sports drinks. They were easy to make and quite tasty. I also made two of the breakfast recipes. My favorite was the Overnight Oat Waffles. Since you mix part of it the night before, they are actually pretty quick to make. The Best Spice-Kissed Oatmeal Cookies are getting me in trouble though. Like their name implies, they are the best oatmeal cookies I can remember eating. I've been eating my way through them at a rapid clip. We only tried one of the main courses. The Mediterranean Lentil, Sweet Potato and Spinach Stew was delicious. Some of the recipes, like the stew, have what some would consider lengthy ingredient lists, but the flavors are worth it. I look forward to trying out more of the recipes. This isn't a cookbook though, but a starting place. There are other resources provided in the back of the book for those who want to continue on this path.
I definitely recommend this book to coaches and parents. I have often heard people say, "Eat like an athlete." This is one resource that will help in that attempt.