10 Healthy Snacks for the Busy Dancer

A dancer can’t get much busier than during Spring performance time. Health and nutrition coach, Kathi Martuza shares a few of her favorite healthy and portable snacks. Easy to prep and delicious too!

Dancers are busy people –

Flitting around between school, dance classes, rehearsals and performances…It can be difficult to find the time to fuel yourself properly to best perform your craft.

During my 15-year career as a professional ballet dancer, I found it pivotal to my performance to plan ahead and bring lots of healthy snacks that gave me tons of energy without ever causing me to feel too full to dance.

When searching for a healthy snack, a good rule of thumb is to find one that will give you a healthy protein, a healthy fat and a healthy complex carbohydrate. With this in mind, here are my top 10 favorite healthy snacks for busy dancers on the go!

Avocado on toast with salad greens on the side. [photo by Ewan Munro]

Photo by Ewan Munro

1. Avocado toast

Toast 1 piece of good-quality gluten free or whole wheat bread, smear with half an avocado, sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy!

2. Hard boiled eggs

Cover desired number of eggs with an inch of water in a pot with a lid. Bring to a boil on the stovetop on HIGH. Turn burner down to low and simmer for 7 minutes. Rinse in cold water. Peel, add a little salt and pepper and enjoy!

3. Hummus and carrots

Scrub carrots clean, dip in your favorite hummus and enjoy!

4. Banana/apples/celery with nut butter

Prepare your banana, apple slices or celery sticks, smear with 1-2 Tbsp. of your favorite nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, sunflower, soy) and enjoy!

5. Popcorn with coconut oil

Heat 2 Tbsp. of organic coconut oil in a large pot on the stovetop over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot put a kernel or two of popcorn into pot and wait for them to pop. Add ½ cup popcorn kernels, cover with lid and gently shake over the burner until it all pops – about 5 seconds – and enjoy!

6. Avocado with salsa

Slice an avocado in half. Keep the pit in half of the avocado and store in a plastic bag/container in the refrigerator for later. Take the other avocado half and fill the “cup” with your favorite salsa. Eat with a spoon and enjoy! (For an easy and fresh salsa recipe check out my fresh salsa recipe.)

Edamame sprinked with salt and sitting in a green bowl.

Photo by cyclonebill

7. Edamame

Boil edamame in a large pot of boiling water on the stovetop according to the directions on the package. Drain, rinse with cold water, sprinkle with a little salt, and enjoy!

8. Nuts, dried fruit and dark chocolate chips

Mix together raw or roasted almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, with dried cranberries, cherries, apricots, mango, pineapple…add a few dark chocolate chips and Voila! Your very own trail mix to enjoy!

9. Grains with olive oil, soy sauce, siracha

Make grains such as brown rice, quinoa or millet, ahead of time. Divide into small portable containers, toss with 1-2 Tbsp. good quality olive oil, a little soy sauce to taste and, if you like spice, try adding a little Siracha sauce (can be found in the Asian section of most supermarkets). Take a spoon with you and enjoy!

10. Protein/veggie “rolls”

Take thin sliced oven-roasted chicken/turkey breast and lay flat. Put 1 piece of good quality cheese in the center, along with a slice of avocado and a slice of cucumber…roll it up and enjoy!

Kathi Martuza - dancer, health and nutrition coachKathi Martuza is a former professional ballet dancer who spent 15 years dancing with the San Francisco Ballet as a Corps de ballet dancer and with the Oregon Ballet Theatre as a Principal dancer. Kathi holds a BA in Performing Arts with an emphasis in dance, is a Certified Pilates instructor and a Certified Health and Nutrition Coach. She is the owner-operator of Empowered Health and Movement, LLC- dedicated to empowering girls and women to feel great IN and ABOUT their bodies through nutrition, movement and self love. Kathi helps her clients lose weight, get in shape and just plain feel great. Kathi believes wholeheartedly in the innate power women possess and she hopes to empower women towards becoming their happiest, healthiest and most-fulfilled selves. Find out more about Kathi and her work at www.empoweredhealthandmovement.com.

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Comments

  1. I’m a professional ballet dancer and these foods are pretty much what I eat. They all are very nutritious and extremely good! It doesn’t feel like I’m eating too healthy since the taste isn’t bland at all.

    • Victoria Foster says:

      i am a folk dancer and food number eight is my favorite, i also eat lots of avacado , eggs, veggie and chicken breast which is really quite nutritious and healthy, and these are quick fixes for dancers on the go.

  2. Rachel Avery says:

    I find Greek yogurt, humus, alpha sprouts on a thin tortilla, small portions of dark chocolate and lots lots of water!

  3. Val McClain says:

    Excellent article. There is a little something for everyone and every taste. Will pass this one on. Thank you.

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