Being a dancer means being busy! Sometimes we are so busy that we don’t have time for a dinner break! However, keeping our bodies fueled properly is important for performance quality and health. To help you stay fully charged, we have gathered some of our favorite quick and easy snack ideas!
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” There is nothing quite like fresh fruits and veggies to keep you fueled through a long day of rehearsals! Some of our favorite fruits are watermelon and blueberries. Watermelon will help to keep you hydrated and blueberries are packed with antioxidants. Our favorite vegetables are sugar snap peas and carrots. Not a fruits or veggies fan? We totally understand! Try sneaking them in a smoothie before heading to class! Our favorite smoothie: 1 frozen banana, 1½ cups of milk, ½ a cup of plain greek yogurt, 2 tbsp of peanut butter, 1 cup of kale, and 1 tbsp of raw cacao powder. SO GOOD.
To help build those lean muscles it is important to incorporate protein into your diet! We love Fage Greek Yogurt with 20g of protein and 20% of your daily value of calcium it is a delicious choice! For some more protein, we like to add roasted pumpkin seeds into our yogurt.
Vegan? There are so many protein sources for vegans these days! We will always be a fan of hummus because it not only is a great dip for veggies, but also it is loaded with protein. Our favorite protein snack: mixing cooked quinoa with cooked, chopped sweet potatoes, a dash of fresh cilantro, a small container of black beans, and a sliced avocado! Sometimes we like to add in kale or spinach to make it into a protein packed salad!
Complex carbs are super important because the body breaks them down to create energy! One of our favorite complex carbs is popcorn! Not only is it easy to make, but also it is great snack to share with friends! Oatmeal is also a wonderful option. We like to cook ours in a mug! Have a microwave at your studio? Call us crazy but we love to cook potatoes in the microwave! Just use a fork to puncture the skin in a few places and then place it in the microwave for 5min. Once it is cooked, slice it open and enjoy! Looking for something a little more sweet? Cook up a sweet potato and put a little brown sugar and butter inside for a delicious treat!
Sometimes there isn’t even time to prep a snack so grabbing a snack at the grocery store is a must! Here are some of our favorite grocery grabs! 🙂
Another part of staying fueled is staying hydrated! While water is the best source of hydration, sometimes we get tired of it! To jazz up our water, we like to use Nuun electrolyte enhanced, flavored tablets! They carry a variety of yummy flavors like fruit punch and orange mango! We also love Harvest Bay coconut water! Not a fan of coconut water? We understand. Try one of Queen B’s favorite fruit drinks-watermelon water!
Got a sweet tooth? So do we! Some of our go to sweet snacks are Larabar Bars and Crazy Fresh Produce Date Rolls! We also like making our own sweet protein balls! Our favorite recipe: 1½ cups rolled oats, ½ tsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp chia seeds, ½ cup smooth natural peanut butter, 3 tbsp raw honey, 1 tsp vanilla extract, ⅓ cup raisins, chocolate chips, craisins or preferred add-in, 2-4 tbsp liquid (almond milk, milk, water etc…). Mix all ingredients together and roll into small clumps. Store them in the fridge for optimal freshness!