Last night, the Alleycats were fortunate enough to speak with renowned Sports Nutritionist, Dyree Dardarian.
Nyree is the Sports Nutritionist for the Philadelphia Flyers (National Hockey League, NHL), the Philadelphia Union (Major League Soccer, MLS), USA Field Hockey, USA Squash, as well as Team USA at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea, 2015, and Taipei, Taiwan, 2017, and the 2019 Pan American Games (Lima, Peru). Nyree is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of the Center for Nutrition & Performance (CNP) in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University. A Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics her research projects focus on collegiate and professional athlete knowledge and behavior change, resting metabolic rate, and nutrition centered workplace wellness programs. Her most recent book chapter addresses Sex and Gender Differences in Sports Nutrition. Nyree’s work has been featured on the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer twice. She is a frequent contributor to local and national media including CBS Philly, WHYY, Prevention Magazine, and Women’s Health Magazine in topics ranging from nutrient content, weight management, sports nutrition, and nutrition for specialized populations. Nyree developed the formulation of Dragon Gels ™, an In-Sport fuel used exclusively by the teams she supports. Dragon Gels ™ are produced, packaged and distributed through the Metabolic Kitchen at Drexel University.
She discussed how our athletes can use food as fuel and how it is key to increased fitness, confidence, and performance. It was a huge honor and we all learned a lot about what it takes to get to the next level!