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Looking for a competitive edge? Stay abreast of tips and information about eating to meet your daily training and recovery needs—and fuel your body to optimize performance.

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Fueling Bengals in the Blogasphere

What Happens at CPSDA Does NOT Stay at CPSDA!

Natalie Christensen, RDN, CSSD
Bengal Sports Dietitian|Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics


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Breaking down VO2 max: Definition, history, why it plateaus, and whether it really matters

Peter Attia, MD, Physician and Podcaster
June 2022

Dr. Attia talks with Alex Hutchinson, PhD about translating the science of endurance...

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Meet Natalie Christensen

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May 2022

The Idaho State Journal highlighted the vital role that Natalie Christensen, MS, RDN, CSS,...

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Alcohol and Athletic Performance

Isabella Brill, MS in Nutrition/Dietetic Intern
April 2022

Whether you are training for a sport, general fitness, or simply working to improve athletic performance and health...

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Nourishing the ISU community through Benny’s Pantry

Dennis Nyugen, MS in Nutrition/Dietetic Intern
March 2022

When was the last time you skipped a meal...

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It's Always In-Season for Nutrition

Shannon Haderlie, MS in Nutrition Dietetic Internship Student
February 2022

Nutrition is a team player for performance!

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Nutrition Food Labels 101

Tram Le, BS in Dietetics Student
January 2022

A new year often signifies a fresh start

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December Stress from Finals?

Tram Le, BS in Dietetics Student
December 2021
Final exams, papers, and projects are here...learn how to manage that added stress

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Are you drinking enough water in the winter?

Tram Le, BS in Dietetics Student
November 2021
Athletes, are you staying hydrated enough during cold weather?

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Refuel with Sweet Potato Brownies

Sports Dietitians of Australia
October 2021
Sweet potato adds to the gooey texture while adding antioxidants, vitamins A and C...
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Healthy Grocery Shopping

Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association
September 2021

Grocery shopping can be confusing when you are trying to eat healthy...


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Bodybuilding and Performance Enhancement Supplements

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
August 2021

Some bodybuilders and athletes use dietary supplements...

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Professional sports nutrition organizations

Natalie Christensen, RDN, CSSD, LD
July 2021

Learn about three networking groups for sports nutrition professionals...

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Have you ever wondered how Olympic athletes eat?

Natalie Christensen, RDN, CSSD, with Lizzy Rowden, BS, Graduate student
June 2021

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s team uses the Athlete’s Plates...

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Are Artificial Sweeteners Making You Hungry?

Rebekah Ramsey, RDN, Graduate student, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
May 2021

Yup, those diet drinks and foods are stimulating your appetite! Learn more...

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Why Athletes Choose Chocolate Milk

Lizzy Rowden, Dietetics Major, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
April 2021

Chocolate milk is often coined “the best recovery drink.” Find out why...

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Nutrition & Psychological Wellbeing

Natalie Christensen, RDN, LD, CSSD
March 2021

How is nutrition interwoven with psychological wellness? Listen 'up

ISU SCORE: Focusing on Nutrition & Performance

Natalie Christensen, RDN, LD, CSSD
February 2021

As a sports dietitian, Natalie does a lot of things...

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Winning Nutrition Habits for Busy Athletes

Beth Hickey, Career Path Intern
January 2021

As a student athlete, practicing good nutrition is essential...

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Staying Healthy During the Holidays

Brooke Gregory, Dietetics Major, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
December 2020

There are many great ways to unwrap the secrets...

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Plant-Based, High Protein Foods

Chelsea Cobabe, Dietetics Major, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
November 2020

Everyone needs protein...

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Are Nitrates Why Popeye Loved Spinach? 

Lizzy Rowden, Dietetics Major, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
October 2020

We often hear that nitrates...

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Peak Performance: It Takes a Village

Barbara Gordon, MBA, RDN, LD, FAND, Nutrition and Dietetics
September 2020

A new year, a new approach...

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Instant Pot Cooking

Makayla Carpenter, BS, Graduate Student, Nutrition and Dietetics
August 2020

Quick, cheap and healthy meals are key, especially if you’re an athlete...

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Nutrition Wellness Through Mindful Eating

Natalie Christensen, RD, CSSD, LD, SCORE Sports Dietitian
July 2020

The power of mindful eating in helping to cope with stress during a pandemic...

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Cook, Eat, Compete

Tram Le, ISU Undergraduate Student, Nutrition and Dietetics
June 2020

Smart Cooking on the Run Every Day (SCORE) is a fantastic program

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SCORE'ing on Social Media

Raquel Reese, SCORE Career Path Intern
May 2020

Hello, I’m Raquel! I am a Track and Field athlete and a Marketing major...

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COVID-19: An Idaho State Athletes Perspective"

Natalie Christensen, Sports Dietitian and Beth Hickey, Career Path Intern
April 2020

What is this quarantine like for Division 1 athletes at Idaho State...

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“Eat Right, Bite by Bite”

Beth Hickey, Career Path Intern
March 2020

March is National Nutrition Month® and the theme for 2020 is...

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Cross-Country, Culture, and Community

Jenifer Reader, MHE, RDN, LD 
February 2020

ISU Nutrition & Dietetics students were excited to work with cross-country athletes...

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Faux Burgers: Friend or Foe

Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD 
January 2020

Internationally respected sports nutritionist Nancy Clark weighs in...

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Pillars of Recovery

Bridgett Von Kahle, NDTR, CDM, CFPP
December 2019

Many of us have become familiar with the life of a professional athlete...

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Macronutrient Mania

Lisa Davis, BS, Grad Student, Nutrition and Dietetics
November 2019

Have you recently heard the word "macronutrient" or "macros"...

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Mindfulness in Sport

Natalie Christensen, RDN, LD, CSSD
October 2019

This year will be a good year...and I don’t just mean on the field...

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Sports Nutrition Symposium 2019

Natalie Christensen, RDN, LD, CSSD
September 2019

Each year, Dairy West holds a Sports Nutrition Symposium...

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Zen and the Art of Cheese Making

Ryan Gerulf, MA
August 2019

In July of this year, I had the opportunity to go on a dairy tour...

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Friends at Utah State University

Natalie Christensen, RD, CSSD, LD
July 2019

Every year Sports Dietitians from around the nation gather...

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Need to Refuel? Guzzle a Chocolate Milk

Barbara Gordon, MBA, RDN, LD, FAND
June 2019

Google chocolate milk and refueling and nearly one million hits pop up...

Dairy West dietitians visit ISU Smart Cooking on the Run Every Day (SCORE) program for college athletes

Three Weeks in the Life of a Sports Dietitian

Nicole Barron, BS
May 2019

My opportunity to get an inside look at sports-related nutrition started...

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Crockpot Meals Aren’t Just for Your Moms

Sydney Hubbard, ISU Undergraduate Student, Nutrition and Dietetics
April 2019

At the end of the day, all I want to come home to is my mother’s cooking...

Sports dietitian, Natalie Christensen works with students and dietetic interns at Nutrition Fair 2019 SCORE booth

'Fueling and Fitness' = Fair Fav…SCORE!

Jen Reader, MHE, RDN, LD
March 2019

To celebrate National Nutrition Month...

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Vegan Diet? Personal Choice for Athletes

Barbara Gordon, MBA, RDN, LD, FAND
February 2019

What does a vegan meal plan mean to an athlete?

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Have Fun in the Snow, But Don’t Forget to Hydrate

Allisha Weeden, PhD, RDN, LD
January 2019

Snow is in the forecast and the excitement begins...

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