SportFuel is an integrative nutrition consulting firm based in the Chicagoland area. While we are most known for our work as Team Nutritionists for the Chicago Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs, as well as other professional and elite athletes, we have a wide range of clients from busy parents to traveling executives.
We help our clients with goals in weight management, energy management (adrenal and thyroid insufficiency), digestive disorders, food allergies, inflammatory conditions, autoimmune disease such as Celiac and Hashimoto’s, injury recovery and prevention, prenatal nutrition, and hormonal imbalances.
Our Customized Nutrition programs revolve around the knowledge that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach. We include nutrition assessment and testing, lifestyle recommendations, and the use of homeopathics, herbs, vitamins, minerals, and personalized supplement formulation when needed to help you reach peak health and performance.
Julie H. Burns, MS, RD, CCN – Founder of SportFuel, Inc.
Julie H. Burns, MS, RD, CCN,
renowned Holistic Sports Nutritionist, is the founder of SportFuel, Inc., an integrative sports nutrition and wellness consulting firm, and Eat Like the Pros®, a customized local and sustainable organic catering service. Current and past clients include the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks hockey team, the Chicago White Sox baseball team, the Chicago Bears football team, the Chicago Bulls, the NBA Development League, Northwestern University’s varsity teams, Next Level Performance and individual professional and elite athletes worldwide.
Julie is regularly retained to educate strength coaches, athletic trainers, amateur athletes and health care professionals about her innovative sports nutrition approach. As a mother of triplets, she is often asked to address mother’s groups, parent associations, and other lay audiences. Julie also consults with food and public relations companies.
Julie previously served as Director of Research at the Chicago Center for Clinical Research, a former affiliate of Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center. She specialized in cardiovascular experimental nutritionals and pharmaceuticals and had an adjunct faculty appointment at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Department of Nutrition.
A regular presence on Chicago-area network and cable television, Julie is frequently interviewed by major newspapers and magazines. She co-edited the second edition of Cardiovascular Disease: Nutrition for Prevention and Treatment, a manual for health professionals, published by the American Dietetic Association (ADA). She has published articles in major medical journals, and developed the brochure for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) based on their Position Stand on Exercise and Fluid Replacement. Julie’s sports nutrition chapter contributions include a Sports Beverage chapter for Macroelements, Water, and Electrolytes and Basketball: Power Jam Nutrition, in Sports Nutrition: A Guide for the Professional Working with Active People-3rd edition.
Julie is a member of the American Nutrition Association, Dietitians in Functional Medicine, Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists (SCAN) (practice groups of the American Dietetic Association), the American College of Sports Medicine, and the Chicago, Illinois and West Suburban Dietetic Associations. She served three terms on SCAN’s Executive Board, was Cardiovascular Editor for 5 years for SCAN’s Pulse quarterly publication and was on the Gatorade Sport Science Institute’s Sports Nutrition Advisory Board from 1995-2003.
Julie enjoys golfing, gardening, cooking, yoga, meditating, and watching and attending all sports with her family!
Alexandria Cotie, RD – Senior Sports Nutritionist
Alexandria Cotie discovered Julie Burns and SportFuel, Inc. during her time at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and immediately knew that is where she needed to work. Following graduation in 2011, her internship with SportFuel turned to a job, and she has been continuously expanding her knowledge ever since.
Along with supporting the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and her private clients, Alex is frequently asked to give presentations to groups including Nike, Jordan, elite hockey camps, athletic trainers, youth and high school teams, and she has also participated in various panel-setting talks to discuss real food nutrition.
Alex believes, and science supports, that great nutrition can have an astounding affect on an athletes’ strength, speed, mental clarity, reducing injury and their overall health and wellness. No matter how small of a change, and no matter if you are 8 or 80, Alex encourages you to start with something to better yourself.
In her free time, Alex enjoys all forms of fitness, spending time in nature, and fostering animals.
Juliette Britton, MS, RD – Integrative Family Health
specializes in family health and wellness. From pre-conception through adulthood, she crafts delicious and simple recipes along with client-centered wellness plans to help families optimize their health.
Juliette believes in a real-food, real-world approach. With two children and a very active lifestyle, she understands the demands and challenges of daily life. Prior to obtaining her masters in nutrition in 2012, Juliette spent 8 years in community health education, with an emphasis on preventing childhood obesity. She wrote meal plans for New York Times #1 best-selling author and celebrity trainer, Jim Karas, for his newest book, *The Ultimate Diet REVolution.* She now resides in the Denver area and can be spotted at farmer’s markets crafting up new recipes, teaching classes on picky eating, or providing workshops on fertility and prenatal nutrition. When not playing in the kitchen, you can find her hiking, skiing, swimming, and of course, eating delicious real food!