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Healthy Snacks for Dancers

        

Young dancers need to maintain the energy required for optimal performance in class and on stage. Eating snacks every few hours that include healthy protein, healthy fat and complex carbohydrates will help them sustain a constant metabolism. Here are some delicious and healthy snacks that can be easily stowed in their bag and enjoyed throughout the day this fall.

1 ~ Yogurt with mix-ins (nuts, berries and high fiber cereal can be kept in a separate container until ready to eat)
2 ~ Raw veggies with dip made from greek yogurt or hummus
3 ~ Roasted pumpkin seeds
4 ~ Avocado spread on whole wheat bread
5 ~ Turkey or chicken and cheese wrapped around slices of cucumber and avocado
6 ~ Edamame with sea salt
7 ~ Apple “cookies” (slice apple into thin rings, remove core, spread one side with peanut butter, top with granola or chopped nuts and chocolate chips)
8 ~ Popcorn popped in coconut oil and sprinkled with sea salt
9 ~ Low-fat cottage cheese topped with sliced avocado, tomato and cucumber, salt and pepper
10 ~ Chocolate almond or peanut butter and banana “sushi” (chocolate spread on a whole grain tortilla, wrap around a banana and slice into half inch discs)


There are still many heathy snacks and combinations out there to try. Find or make your top five favorites to try for a week and switch it up for the next. The possibilities are endless and fun. Enjoy!