ARETE Performance Nutrition is an online consulting and information resource collaboratively working with athletes and coaches to share and promote evidence-based nutrition education.


Our nutrition philosophy is rooted in a whole food, anti-inflammatory approach to sports nutrition that holistically evaluates diet and lifestyle to provide personalized recommendations. Our sports dietitians help bring the focus back to food, so that athletes learn to develop healthy eating habits, not just the ability to count nutrients. By using client-driven coaching, we provide the support and guidance for athletes to individually define what healthy means for them and to develop the habits necessary for life-long change and performance optimization.

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  • Provide science-based research
  • Inspire client-driven solutions
  • Collaborate with like-minded individuals
  • Make an impact
  • Pursue excellence
  • Live passionately
  • Protect the planet




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Ancient Greek philosophical term to describe “virtue and excellence”; an ideal that encompasses every aspect of human life—mind, body and soul, and the relentless pursuit to achieve to one’s full potential.

So why did we choose this word? Arete, in its various forms, represents the overall goal of this company and the the athletes we work with. When you partner with us, you will not only be getting practical, evidence-based information, but also the integrity and dedication necessary to help you succeed.


Mickinzie Lopez, MS, RDN

Founder, Sports Dietitian


As the founder and lead sports dietitian for ARETE Performance Nutrition, Mickinzie Lopez is a California native committed to promoting healthy, sustainable eating habits and an active, outdoor lifestyle. She has spent the last seven years promoting an anti-inflammatory diet for athletes and is currently most passionate about the work she is doing to bring nutrition education to outdoor sports.

As a previous professional and collegiate team sport dietitian turned entrepreneur, Mickinzie has developed a unique perspective when it comes to working with athletes and balancing a healthy lifestyle. Influenced by the nutrition experts in her field and the holistic approach provided by Bastyr University, she aspires to help athletes of all ages and skill levels achieve their fullest potential, while sustainably nourishing their mind, body and spirit.

Professional Achievements:

  • Consultant Team Dietitian, San Francisco Giants Major League Baseball Club
  • Assistant Sports Dietitian, Stanford University Athletics
  • Performance Dietitian Intern, Indiana University Athletics
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
  • Dietetic Intern, Meredith College
  • Master of Science Degree in Dietetics, Bastyr University
  • Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitians Association Member
  • Guest Speaker, Stanford University Rowing Camp
  • Guest Speaker, Indiana Soccer Coaches Symposium
  • Guest Speaker, Endurance Corner Training Camp

Athletic Achievements:

  • Ironman 140.6, Coeur d’Alene
  • Half Ironman 70.3, Lake Stevens
  • Half Ironman 70.3, Santa Cruz
  • Arizona State University Cycling + Triathlon Team
  • 100-mile Backpacking Trek, Pacific Crest Trail (Section J)
  • High-altitude trekking, South America
  • Ragnar Ultra, Napa
  • Ragnar, Pacific Northwest Passage, Arizona, SoCal, Las Vegas
  • Half Marathon-distance road race


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