Being a dancer is a busy lifestyle to lead to say the absolute least. With all of the rehearsals, shows, casting calls and booked gigs, it can really become a hassle. And in the midst of all that hustle and bustle, we may have the tendency to forget to do one, not so small thing and that’s grab a bite to eat. As we have discussed many, many times before here on the blog, remembering to eat as a dancer is super important because food fuels us with the nutrients that we need to gain our strength and enable us to get through those long dance days without feeling like we’re going to…you know…pass out. However, there is a balance that we must keep in mind because I think we all know what happens when we eat too much before we dance. So, just like we have shared all our favorite on the go breakfast ideas with you all, today we’re sharing with you our favorite on the go meal and snack ideas that are perfect for lunch or even dinner while at the studio or to snack on en route to your next gig. Let’s dig right in!
On The Go Snack
Ah, yes. The smoothie. A From the Top Dance Blog favorite. However, this time, we’re gonna add a bit of a punch. As you all know, we have an entire blog post dedicated to different smoothie recipes and today we’ll be using our favorite smoothie from that particular post in today’s post: The beloved Strawberry Banana Smoothie.
– 1 banana
-handful of strawberries
-1/3 cup Greek yogurt
-1/3 cup of vanilla almond milk (regular milk will also work fine with this recipe) 1 cup of ice
– 1 scoop of vanilla whey, soy or plant protein (completely your choice)
First, start by adding in your strawberries and bananas, followed by your greek yogurt, ice, vanilla almond milk and vanilla protein powder into your blender. Blend until ingredients are broken down and the smoothie is no longer chunky. Pour into the travel cup of your choice and there you have it! Your delicious Strawberry Banana smoothie with a protein punch !
On The Go Snack #2
Next up on our list is a dance snack OG who has seen the bottom of duffle bags everywhere (I mean, seriously). The granola bar is a tried and true dance snack because it is literally so easy to eat in a small amount of time while on the go, which is why it will always have a place in our hearts! Our personal favorite granola bar brands that will leave you feeling full and satisfied but not overstuffed include Nutrigrain, Larabar (super delicious), Cliff bars and LunaBars. All of these brands (and many more of course) can be found at your local drugstore or grocery store, so be sure to give them a try if you haven’t already!
On the Go Meal #1
A refreshing and cool treat, just in time for summer! Salads are super easy to travel with and even easier to make. The best part? There’s no wrong way to make one! You can put whatever your heart desires to make this salad the perfect one for you.Simply start by using some spinach, kale, romaine lettuce or even a pre-made salad mixture into a bowl and then go to town and add whatever sounds good. You can add in fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or mangos for a natural sugar boost. For a touch of protein, throw in some nuts such as almonds, walnuts or pecans. Top it all off with your favorite salad dressing and you’re ready to go! Easy peasy and super delicious!
On the Go Meal #2
“Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos
Now this recipe is one of my favorites that I make all of the time! Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos are refreshingly different, nutritious, completely vegetarian and did I mention they’re delicious? I first discovered this awesome recipe while surfing Simply Recipes.com for filling and lightweight vegetarian meals and these turned out to be an absolute life saver! It’s super quick to make and it even yields enough ingredients to have leftovers for later on in the week! For the full recipe, be sure to click the link down below! I promise you won’t regret it!
On The Go Meal #3
And last but certainly not least, our final on the go meal is a delicious smoothie bowl! Smoothie bowls are assembled just like a regular smoothie, you can even use the same smoothie recipe mentioned above (minus the protein powder). After you’ve added your fruit, ice, yogurt and other ingredients into your blender, blend the smoothie until no longer chunky and pour into a tupperware bowl. But of course the fun doesn’t stop there! Just as you did with your salad, on top of your smoothie bowl you can add fruit, nuts, dried coconut (which I love to add to mine), peanut butter and so much more! This is another meal that you can make completely your own, that fills you up without leaving you feeling bloated or heavy. It gets two thumbs up from us!
And that’s all for today, my lovelies! I hope you enjoyed these recipes as much as we do! As always, we’re wishing you a wonderful Friday and remember…