You put in hours every week in the studio, and when you’re not dancing your buns off, you’re probably thinking about your new comp routine, going over convention choreography in your head, or thinking about what to wear to your next rehearsal. We get it—we’re obsessed, too!
But here’s something to add to your dance brain: snacks!
The better you eat, the better you’ll dance, because the food you put into your body directly affects your performance. If you’re filling up on sugary snacks and caffeinated or sweetened beverages, you’re likely going to feel sluggish and those jumps aren’t going to get quite as high off the ground. But when you fuel up with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, you’ll be soaring into the spotlight.
The key to eating right is proper planning, so make sure you always have healthy snacks in your dance bag that you can grab on the go, in between classes, or even while you’re waiting in the wings. Here are a few of our favorite dance bag-approved snacks…
- String cheese
- Bananas or apples with nut butter (peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter—whichever you like best)
- Nut butter and jelly or banana sandwiches on whole grain bread
- Homemade trail mix (the pre-made stuff you get at the store often has added salt or sugar; make your own by mixing almonds, peanuts, walnuts, dried cranberries or raisins, coconut flakes, and a bit of dark chocolate)
- Healthy nutrition bars (we love Larabars, KIND Bars, and Vega Whole Food Vibrancy bars best)
- Yogurt-covered raisins
- Raw veggies and hummus