The Role of Nutrition for Pro Athletes

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Last updated on March 26th, 2021 at 11:07 am

In Episode 3 of the Greenletes Podcast, nationally recognized Sports Dietitian Marie Spano chats about what it’s like to work with pro athletes.

This week on the podcast, Natalie interviews Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD, one of the country’s leading sports nutritionists. She is the consulting major league sports dietitian for the Atlanta Braves. Spano previously worked for the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Thrashers and Blackzillians.

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She is the lead author of Nutrition for Sport, Exercise and Health and co-editor of the NSCA’s Guide to Exercise and Sport Nutrition. She has appeared on CNN as well as NBC, ABC, Fox and CBS affiliates, and authored hundreds of magazine articles and trade publication articles, written book chapters and marketing materials.

In this episode

Natalie and Marie discuss:

  • Marie’s career journey and how she ended up working with pro athletes
  • Whether or not pro athletes are open to nutrition advice
  •  The unique pressures and body image issues that many athletes face in competitive sports
  • What she thinks about the plant-based/vegan trend among competitive athletes
  • Sports nutrition misconceptions that Marie gets asked about the most
  • New issues with the sports nutrition world since the beginning of this pandemic


Follow Marie on social media @mariespano or visit her website.

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I’m Natalie Rizzo, an NYC-based Registered Dietitian.

My mission is to help everyday athletes fuel their fitness with plants.

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