Dancers are busy people. We’re also people who use a huge amount of energy every day. It can be tricky to fit eating properly around a packed schedule. Between school, classes, rehearsals, shows, homework and everything else you’ve got in the air, it can be tough to make sure you’re fueling your body correctly.
We’ve put together a lineup of some of our favourite no-cook snacks that are simple to prepare and easily transportable, making them the perfect emergency snack for the dancer on-the-go! Remember that these snacks should form part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Carrots with Hummus
A classic if ever I saw one. Not only are carrots and hummus really easy to source in any supermarket, but they’re also delicious. Carrots are high in Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Hummus is a hugely popular Middle Eastern dip, made from liquidized chickpeas, tahini, olive oil and lemon. It’s a great source of plant-based protein and it’s full of vitamins and minerals
Wash and peel your carrots. Next, chop any big carrots in half and then chop the halves into little wands/sticks. Pop the carrot sticks into a lunchbox, ready to dip in your hummus at the first rumblings of hunger.
Homemade Trail Mix
Trail mix is my ultimate on-the-go, go-to-snack! I love making my own trail mix too so I can use the nuts and fruit I like. I can add some chocolate too if I feel like I need it! Dried fruits are a great source of Vitamin C, minerals and fibre. They’re also amazing for instant energy, which is why they’re so fantastic as a snack for athletes. To balance this out, nuts are great for slow-release energy.
Select your nuts, seeds and fruit and mix together. I personally like to use a mix of peanuts, cashews, almonds, and pecans. I’ll sometimes throw in some sunflower and pumpkin seeds too if I’m feeling particularly saintly. Fruitwise, I like sultanas, dried cranberries, cherries, papaya and banana chips!
Apple with nut butter
Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Apples and peanut butter are easy to pick up in any shop and super-duper easy to prepare. Apples are full of antioxidants, Vitamin C and fibre and as we’ve said nuts are full of slow-release energy.
Chop an apple into segments. Put a few spoons of peanut butter (or any other nut butter you have) into a lunchbox. Add the apple segments to the lunchbox and seal. Now anytime you feel peckish just dip the apple in the nut butter and munch for an energy boost.
Greek yoghurt with honey and fruit
Simple as…Greek yoghurt is great as it is rich in Calcium, Protein, and probiotics. Protein-rich foods help you feel fuller for longer and can help boost your metabolism. Adding Calcium to your diet will contribute to healthy bones and probiotics help promote a balance of healthy bacteria in your gut.
Simply throw a handful of blueberries (high in vitamin C) or your favourite fruit into a bowl/Tupperware with a few spoons of yoghurt. Top with a spoon of honey for sweetness and some chia seeds for a crunchy vitamin and mineral hit!
What are your favourite no-cook studio snacks? Comment and let us know if you try out any of our snacks and don’t forget to tag us in your studio snack posts!