I don’t know about you, but when I go to a dance practice, I get severe cases of “munchies” during the 15 minute breaks my partner and I take to reset our minds. Yet, understanding that if I eat something heavy, my performance level will immediately drop, I still can’t help to take a bite of a fruit. Over the period of time, I was able to set aside these 5 foods, which not only gave me an immediate burst of energy, but also weren’t a burden to the rest of my practice (keeping in mind the portions, of course).
My all time favourite! Bananas are a super easy fruit to consume. They are full of Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin C and an excellent source of Vitamin B6 (which is good for the immune system and overall metabolism). The only downside I find, is that you can’t really take just one bite and leave it in your bag. You’ve got to finish it! In that case I try to find the Mini Banasa, also known as “Chiquitas”. These are literally – Peal-Bite-Done!
Personally, I am huge fan of Honey Crisps, as they have such an amazing honey-like taste to them. But hey, that’s just me. Full of fibre, potassium and much needed sugars, apples definitely have a spot in my lunch box. I usually try to cut a few apples into pieces before I take off to practice or competition, but crunching on a full one is no big deal for me too.
I usually don’t leave the house without at least one orange in my bag. Juicy, refreshing and huge on Vitamin C, they are super easy to store. Pealing could be problematic if you don’t have a source of water to wash your hands after, so that’s why I do the “dirty” before I arrive to the dance studio.
4Nuts & Seeds
Sun flower seeds, Brazilian nuts, almonds, … – the selection is really endless. Since the nutritional values depend on the the type of seeds and nuts, I would suggest experimenting with the variety before you hit the floor, to avoid any accidents. Even though some are nutritionally fatty, I feel my body will easily burn it all off with the excess training and dancing.
I’d like to start this by saying, that chocolate, in my personal opinion, is the best “argument solver”! (Just sayin’) Wether you like yours dark, or like me – milky, with nuts and various dry fruits, I will unconditionally admit that this is the most pleasurable snack I nibble on, especially if my dance practice is not going so well. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants that have been shown to lower blood pressure, improve blood flow, and boost overall heart health. Needless to mention, it is a great source of energy, when it comes to excessive dance days.
So, these are the main 5 foods I take with me everywhere I go dancing. Snacking while dancing might not work for everyone, but if it works for you – Thumbs Up! I would definitely suggest establishing your portions, as it is very easy to over-nibble. Sometimes, I feel that it is better to take one bite out of everything, than to completely finish your food. But, that’s just me.