Natalie B. Allen


Public Health and Sports Medicine
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Public Health and Sports Medicine
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Registered dietitian Natalie Allen shares responsibilities between the biomedical studies and athletic departments at Missouri State University. She instructs senior-level classes in the dietetics program and is the team dietitian for all Missouri State athletes. 

She has a background in sports nutrition—having worked with athletes of all abilities, from high school football teams to professionals—and experience in clinical and community dietetics. Allen worked as a curriculum writer and educator for St. Louis schools, became the face and voice of dietetics in the media and was a clinical dietitian at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the teaching hospital affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine. She wrote the curriculum for “Fun”tastic Nutrition and SNEAKERS published throughout elementary, middle and high schools in Missouri to teach nutrition to children.

Allen has held speaking engagements at numerous national conferences; she enjoys public speaking and making nutrition practical and applicable. A Springfield native and proud alumna of the university, Allen attends Bears games, run 5Ks with her family and experiments in the kitchen.



  • MS in Education, 1998, University of Missouri
  • Dietetic Internship, 1996, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine
  • BS in Dietetics, 1995, Missouri State University


  • DTN 333 Nutrition Throughout the Life Span
  • DTN 334 Introduction to Nutrition Assessment and Sports Nutrition
  • DTN 430 Sports Nutrition
  • DTN 536 Medical Nutrition Therapy I
  • DTN 546 Medical Nutrition Therapy II

Research and professional interests

  • Sports nutrition: Female Athlete Triad
  • Collaborate on research evaluating interprofessional education teaching opportunities. 

Awards and honors

  • Young Dietitian of The Year, St. Louis Dietetic Association
  • Athletic Training Student Appreciation Award

Additional resources

Areas of Expertise

Nutrition and dietetics Health and wellness

Media Appearances

Will Drinking Salt Water Hydrate You More Effectively Than Regular Water?

RD Natalie Allen explains about hydrating with salt water.

4 health benefits of popcorn and how to prepare it in the healthiest way

RD Natalie Allen offers some insights.

Mangoes 101: Nutrition, Benefits, Types, and More
Everyday Health

RD Natalie Allen discusses about mangoes.

What Happens to Your Body When You Drink Apple Juice
Eat This, Not That!

RD Natalie Allen highlights a few effects.

Soy, oat, almond, coconut or another? How to find the healthiest milk for your needs.
The Washington Post

RD Natalie Allen weighs in on different milk types.

Breaking Down the Keto Diet

RD Natalie Allen explains what the Keto Diet is about.

Why Am I Always Thirsty?
Woman's Day

RD Natalie Allen offers a few reasons why.

Why Am I Always Hungry?
Woman's Day

RD Natalie Allen shares a reason why.

12 Reasons Why You're Suddenly So Bloated
Women's Health

RD Natalie Allen explains some reasons why.

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Pre- and Post-Workout Supplements

RD Natalie Allen sheds light on pre- and post-workout supplements.


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