Top Foods to Eat For Dancers
Dancers put their bodies through a lot of physical stress and pain so eating the right foods is essential. Obviously, potato chips and pizza are delicious but not necessarily going to benefit a dancer’s health. With that said, here are a few foods that will make a difference.
Spinach is a great source of protein and packed full of vitamins and minerals. It might not taste the best, but it helps the skin, hair and bone health. Dancers need strong bones to be in their best dancer’s shape.
- 2.Sweet Potatoes
Yes, they can be eaten on other occasions besides Thanksgiving and without the marshmellows on top. Unlike the taste of spinach, sweet potatoes have a sweet flavor to satisfy any sweet tooth. They are a great source of Vitami C which fights off viruses and helps our bodies cope with stress. Iron which gives us more energy and magnesium are also found in sweet potatoes.
Oats can be made in a multitude of ways, from microwavable oatmeal to even in your pancakes! They stabilize blood sugar and also keep you full for a longer period of time because they have so much protein. It can also reduce cholesterol.
Blueberries are an easy on-the-go snack and good for inbetween dance classes. They even fight against cancer causing cells. They contain vitamin C, potassium and fiber which helps the immune system. In fact, eating fiber regularly, lessens the chance of heart disease by 40%. Plus they are just really delicious!
Yogurt comes in many different kinds such as reduced fat, non-fat and lactose free. No matter which version is chosen, one thing is for sure, the body will thank you. Acidophilus is an active culture found in yogurt that helps digestion and the immune system. It also has dairy which is great for strong bones.
Brocolli might not be your favorite, but it does wonders to your body. It contains fiber, vitamin C, calcium and beta-carotene which promotes good health and vision. If you don’t like broccoli by itself, try cooking it in the oven with olive oil and a little sea salt on top. That always hits the spot!
Salmon can be served boiled, steamed, baked, poached and many, many more. My personal favorite is with a little lemon on top. Although it does have mercury in it which can be dangerous if too much salmon is consumed, it is a perfect source of protein. It also contains potassium and omega-3 fatty acids which are necessary for body’s health.
Another easy snack to take to-go besides blueberries is nuts. These tiny snacks are packed full of vitamins, healthy fats and protein. Walnuts are known for fighting inflammation which is awesome for recovering after a challenging day at dance.