After a long day of rehearsal, you’re most likely thinking about food! It’s natural to feel hungry after working so hard and sweating out all those calories.
Feed and nurture your body with some of these healthy suggestions for what to eat when you come home hungry from dance:
CARBS & PROTEIN
Consuming a combo of a carbohydrate and a protein is your best bet. Incorporating veggies and/or fruit can also enhance flavor and nutrition. As a general rule, eat foods that are whole, organic and unprocessed, as they are easier on your digestion. Alternatively, try to avoid foods that are processed, high in fat, high in salt, too spicy and/or artificially sweetened. These can make you feel heavy and disrupt your precious sleep.
Pita bread and hummus (with/without veggies)
This is a great alternative to a quesadilla! For additional flavor and nutrition, slice up and cook some zucchini, mushrooms and bell peppers before you leave for class. Reheat and then add to your pita bread and hummus. Fold up like a quesadilla and enjoy!
Cottage Cheese & Pineapple
Cottage cheese is loaded with protein and has good enzymes for your tummy. Mix with a fruit such as pineapple or raspberries for a balanced and nutritious flavor.
A Simple Turkey Sandwich
Sometimes classics are just that! Make a sandwich with sliced turkey (look for a brand with no hormones or nitrates added) on sprouted wheat bread. Add a slice of provolone, lettuce and tomato and you’re good to go! Avocado can be a nice addition for flavor and nutrition, as well.
Greek Yogurt and Berries
Greek yogurt and berries is a go to for a healthy, sweet treat. Blueberries, strawberries, or rasberries: you can take your pick! Drizzle honey on top, too, if you like.
String Cheese and Crackers with apple slices
This is a traditional combo. Be sure to watch the sodium content of whichever cracker you choose. We recommend Triscuits or Blue Diamond Almond Nut Thins.
Making popcorn from kernels on the stove top is the most healthy way to enjoy it. There are none of the additional chemicals or preservatives that you find in microwavable bags. Cook with coconut oil in a covered pan on medium. Dust lightly with your favorite toppings (some options are garlic, butter, or cinnamon!)
Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters
Dark chocolate has antioxidants and nuts are a decent source of protein. They make for a yummy dessert!
Water is essential no matter where you are and what time of the day. Drinking it at room temperature is best for your stomach. You can always add electrolyte powder to replenish zinc, magnesium and other vitamins. Or, you can add natural infusions such as fresh sliced strawberries and mint, or fresh squeezed lemon for flavor.
A non-caffeinated herbal tea is lovely when winding down for bed. Try something like lavender or chamomile to calm you down before you drift off to sleep.
What are your favorite small meals after dance? Let us know in the comments!