THAT GRANOLA BAR OR FRUIT ROLL-UP ISN'T GOING TO CUT IT.
Ballet is one of the most intense forms of exercise because it involves stretching, balancing, strength training, and cardio. That's why grabbing that sugary granola bar or "fruit" snack pouch as you roll out the door for dance class won't exactly cut it.
Dance snacks are not about giving you a sugar high so you have enough energy to do jumps or leaps. When it comes to ballet training, irregardless of age, the goal is for the dancer to feel strong, well balanced, and energized throughout the duration of their class or rehearsal. Secondly, ballet nutrition is for increasing strength--i.e. rebuilding muscle.
This is why it's ESSENTIAL to equip that tiny or more mature dancer with real nutrients and water for hydration. Every ballet dancer must fuel wisely if they expect to perform well and to advance to the next level without weakness or injury. I should confess: I have danced many times on either an empty stomach, overly caffeinated and under-hydrated, or on a terrible breakfast. None of those scenarios paid off for me long term. Hours and several "Snow" (Nutracker) rehearsals later, I felt weak and passionless. Not to mention every year around Nutcracker I got sick from lack of sleep and overworking my body.
At Ballet Belle, we want to empower dancers to become both beautiful and strong. This means healthy. So we've put together a list of satisfying and energizing pre and post workout snacks for you or your beloved dancer. We know how busy you dance moms are so we considered convenience and speed as well. Enjoy, and let us know what you think!
BOILED EGG + 1 APPLE - boil a dozen at a time! Stock up for the week by just sticking them all in the fridge. Boiled eggs are perfect pre-workout and post-workout snacks because of their high protein content and healthy fat. Pair them with an apple to get some healthy carbs that won't spike your blood sugar level like traditional sugary snacks. This means slow and sustained energy rather than spiking and crashing.
TUNA + FRUIT SALAD - try mixing together tuna, mayo, mashed avocado, and adding some chopped fruit! This blend is a pre-workout dream with its rich healthy fats, super high protein content, and light carbs for energy. Make a huge batch for the entire week and serve it with some crackers when you're on the go!
ALMOND BUTTER + BANANA- almond butter is much better for your digestion and gut health than peanut butter. Try buying individual pouches or servings and hand them to your dancer with a banana to fuel for those plies and grand jetés!
HUMMUS + VEGGIES - so easy and so delicious! chop up some carrots, cucumbers, and baby tomatoes and grab some hummus packets or make it yourself! You can pre-pack this snack in little lunch boxes for easy grabbing on the go.
- PROTEIN SMOOTHIE - most smoothies out there are extremely high sugar and low in nutrient content. If you have time, try blending a scoop of quality no sugar protein with half a banana, some spinach, and some sugar free greek yogurt. Add some nut butter in there for flavor! Simply delicious and rich in protein, vitamins, and good fats.
Here's to dancing with vitality and delightful snacking beforehand!