The best part of waking up is…getting to eat!
With school out of session (for most of us—the rest of you are almost there!), mornings likely just got a whole lot better, and way less rushed. That means you can spend some quality time indulging in a hearty, healthy breakfast.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that’s certainly true for dancers. You need to properly fuel your body for the day ahead, whether you’ll be hitting the studio rehearsing for Nationals or you’re at a summer intensive and will be dancing all day.
Here are a few of our favorite go-to breakfasts. As with any meal, you’ll want to make sure you incorporate a good mix of carbs, fat, and protein. (And remember, vegetables aren’t just for lunch and dinner! Don’t be afraid to sauté up a side of spinach to go with your omelet or toast.)
If you prefer to drink your breakfast, this is a quick and easy option. Throw your favorite fruits and vegetables into a blender (try to go with more vegetables than fruits, which can end up being loaded with sugar) plus ice, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, or almond milk. The possibilities really are endless. The greener, the better!
Healthy Egg Sandwiches
Top a whole-grain English muffin with an egg (cook it however you prefer—scrambled, over-easy, over-hard, even poached if you’re a whiz in the kitchen), a few sprinkles of shredded cheese, and some turkey bacon or chicken sausage.
Veggie-Packed Omelets or Scrambles
Sauté your favorite vegetables—we like peppers, mushrooms, onions, spinach, tomatoes, and asparagus—throw some whisked eggs into the pan, let it set and you have a pretty perfect breakfast. Have fun experimenting with different add-ins, like ham or turkey, a bit of cheese, or even garlic.
Mmmmm Avocado Toast
Take two pieces of whole-grain bread, toast ’em up, and top with mashed avocado, salt, and pepper. (Add a drizzle of olive oil if you’re into that.) So easy and so satisfying. Round out the meal by whisking up a side of scrambled or over-easy eggs. (Hard-boiled works, too! Just get that good protein in there.)
Kicked Up Oatmeal
Forget the pre-flavored, super sugary artificial packets. Grab some quick oats (they only take 60 seconds to cook!), and then top with something sweet (coconut, dark chocolate chips, and cinnamon, for example) or something savory (throw an egg on top! go crazy!). You’ll be full until lunchtime, guaranteed.
Fruit & Yogurt Fun
It’s the easiest breakfast ever: Grab some Greek yogurt, and top it with everything you love. Strawberries, blueberries, bananas, granola, even go crazy and add a few dark chocolate chips. Have it at—it’s your special day!
A general breakfast rule of thumb: Muffins, pastries, doughnuts, French toast, and pancakes may satisfy your sweet tooth, but they’re all more like desserts than day-starters. Definitely indulge when the urge strikes, but try to keep your everyday breakfasts well-rounded, wholesome, and filled with natural ingredients. (You’ll appreciate the lack of a sugar crash when 10 AM rolls around!)