Sunday, March 15, 2009

Follower Sunday: “Thank You” Readership Featuring, Guest-Chef and Best-Selling Author, Nancy Clark, Who Made Wheaties Box!

by Anthony Sepe

Bog: From A Dietitian’s Perspective




It is my pleasure to introduce, my colleague, Nancy Clark, an internationally known sports nutritionist, is board certified as a specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD). She counsels both competitive athletes and casual exercisers. Her successful private practice is located at Healthworks, the premier fitness center in Chestnut Hill MA. Previously, she was Director of Nutrition Services at SportsMedicine Associates in Brookline MA. Clark specializes in nutrition for exercise, wellness, and the management of eating disorders. Her clients have included the spectrum from olympians and members of the Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics to high school and collegiate athletes to “ordinary mortals”, fitness exercisers, and weekend warriors. Her nutrition advise and photo have even been the back of the Wheaties’ box!

Nancy completed her undergraduate degree in nutrition from Simmons College in Boston, her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and her graduate degree in nutrition with a focus on exercise physiology from Boston University. She is a Fellow of the American Dietetic Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. She received the 2007 Simmon College Distinguished Alumna Award.

You might be familiar with Nancy through her writing. She writes a monthly nutrition column called The Athlete's Kitchen which appears regularly in over 100 sports and health publications. Her best selling book Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook is a valued reference; a new 4th Edition debuts April 2008. This popular resource offers both the scientific approach to eating for top performance, as well as the practical "how to" approach that includes specific menu ideas and food recommendations.

Nancy Clark’s Food Guide for Marathoners: Tips for Everyday Champions (2007) and Cyclist’s Food Guide: Fueling for the Distance (2005) are written from her passion for helping novice marathoners and cyclists, including those participating in charity training programs such as the Leukemia Society’s Team in Training. These books help aspiring athletes enjoy reaching their goals.

Health and fitness are personal values for Nancy. She is a regular bicycle commuter and runner. She has completed several marathons, bicycled across America, and hiked in the Himalayas. She lives in the Boston-area with her husband and two teenage children.  (For more information, see


Reprinted with permission from Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook,
Fourth Edition (2008).

1092538624b4Sz1S This is the all-time favorite banana bread recipe. Its key to success is using well-ripened bananas that are covered with brown speckles. Banana bread is a favorite for premarathon carbohydrate loading and for snacking during long-distance bike rides and hikes. Add some peanut butter and you’ll have a delicious sandwich that’ll keep you energized for a long time!

3 large well-ripened bananas
1 egg or 2 egg whites
2 tablespoons oil, preferably canola
1/3 cup milk
1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups flour, preferably half whole-wheat and half white

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Mash bananas with a fork.
3. Add egg, oil, milk, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Beat
4. Gently blend the flour into the banana mixture and stir for 20
sec-onds or until moistened.
5. Pour into a 4” x 8” loaf pan that has been lightly oiled, treated
with cooking spray, or lined with wax paper.
6. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the middle
comes out clean.
7. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan.

Yield: 12 slices
Nutrition Information : Total calories: 1,600
Calories per slice: 135
Nutrients Grams
Carbohydrate 24
Protein 3
Fat 3

Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD
Sports Nutrition Services (books,teaching tools) (home study)
Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook, 2008 Edition
Food Guide for Marathoners: Tips for Everyday Champions
Food Guide for New Runners: Getting It Right The First Time
Cyclist's Food Guide: Fueling for the Distance
Healthworks, 1300 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill MA 02467
Phone:  617.795.1875  Fax: 617.795.1876
"Helping active people win with good nutrition."

Thank you Nancy!


  1. How perfect! I was just going to look up recipes for banana bread, having 3 ripe bananas on my kitchen counter. I am always trying to modify them for less fat and sugar--since this one was written by a dietitian, I don't have to change a thing :)

  2. Nancy Clark rocks! Her books are a terrific resource and I have been referring to them for years and recommend her to high school athletes and coaches. Keep up the great work! Janice
    Janice Baker, R.D., CDE

  3. Dear Laurie and Janice,
    Thank you for your very kind and thoughtful comments for Nancy. I'm sure she'll be thrilled with your thoughtfulness.

    Kind regards,

  4. So generous of you to devote your blog to promoting others. Looking at who's up is becoming a Sunday favorite thing to do!

  5. Hi Monika,
    It is always so nice to hear from you. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and share your thoughts. Knowing you look forward to Sunday, means so much, and, confirms to me that this blog is meaningful. Again, thank you for your thoughtful comments and your support.
    Kind regards,