Portion control is one tip that can help all dancers. Eat lighter meals to feel lighter on the dance floor. Since we still need a considerable amount of fuel to power through rehearsals, performances and competitions, eat more meals. Eating 5-6 smaller meals per day is common. For example a day’s meals could be spread out by 3 hour intervals: 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm. The meals are smaller in size, but packed with nutrients! Protein is essential in the morning and afternoon. Carbs are welcome in the evening before a competition or dance event that could be taxing on the body. Lots of greens are a must! Go organic for the most nutrient-packed food around!
Equip your dance bag, too. Best strategy: keep a bag of nuts on hand to snack on during a break at rehearsals. Almonds are high in protein and will give you the strength you need to get up and go! They are the perfect snack since the protein burns off slower than other foods in your system, thus staying with you for longer periods of time. Protein bars can help in the samw way. Just make sure the one you choose is low in sugar so that your energy does not peak then crash (an effect of sugar). Recommended protein bars include Power Bars, Zone Bars and Luna Bars. Make protein shakes or smoothies to sip after practice. During practice you’ll want water on hand. Smart Water is truly the best as it has Electrolytes to keep you from depleting your body. Bon appétit!