World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil & Olive Oil in Team's foods menu

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While the Americans had an on-site chef in South Africa four years ago, this is the first time one has been part of the lead up to the tournament.

Klinsmann is particular in all aspects of his team’s performance, and he and LaFata speak daily.

“He’s very involved,” LaFata said. “I think he’s more nutrition conscious than myself sometimes.”

Color rules.

Each meal includes two cooked vegetables featuring two colors, then players are encouraged to add more variety from fruit and the salad bar.

In the land of flowing Caipirinha cocktails, the 36-year-old LaFata even makes her version of “spa water” with herbs and fruit to cut down on the juice intake. The 5-foot LaFata pulls around a square cooler on wheels that’s nearly as big as she is, filled with fresh fruit.

“They’re big juice drinkers,” she said, noting the suggested coffee limit is three cups per day.

There’s an emphasis on hydration and the right number of calories at the right time. LaFata makes pre-workout energy shooter drinks, then personally blends smoothies for each player after games — geared toward body weight and time played. Even those who don’t get in exert themselves during warmups before and throughout matches.

Billapando and LaFata can be responsible for feeding as many as 50 people each day when it comes to the 23-man roster, coaching staff, medical and training staffs, and support personnel.

“The level we want to take this to, it’s going to be as high as we can take it because we never know what that 1 percent might be that takes us to the championship,” Billapando said.

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