Dancing is a very physically demanding profession. As dancers, our bodies need vital nutrients to keep us active,strong, injury free and less tired throughout the day. Breakfast being the first meal of the day, should be considered as the most important and should never be neglected. Dancers need a balanced amount of complex carbs, moderate protein and low fat in their breakfast.
To meet the high expectations and tough competition of dancing profession, there are nowadays a lot of healthy food and drink options. The most natural and less chemicals a food has, the better it is.
SO WHAT CAN DANCERS EAT FOR BREAKFAST?
Here are some ideas for a healthy breakfast that will give you energy, stamina and are also less time consuming.
MYTH: AVOID AS MUCH CARBOHYDRATES IF YOU NEED A GOOD BODY!
FACT: Too much of anything is bad for health. The best performance and endurance energy comes from none other than complex carbohydrates. They provide energy and keeps a dancer’s body fueled throughout the day. Morning warm-up, stretching class and then rehearsals till mid afternoon requires a lot of hard work.
Some good examples of complex carbohydrates are -
Whole grain breads
Bran and grain cereals
*This is why a good vegetable sandwich is always considered as the best breakfast.
MYTH: PROTEIN SUPPLEMENTS ARE IMPORTANT FOR DANCERS, ESPECIALLY MALE DANCERS
FACT: The quantity of protein is very important when it comes to breakfast for dancers. Dancers need strength but also need to feel light when they dance. It is better to have organic protein rather than supplement tablets and drinks. Dancers don’t need to build muscles like bodybuilders but only enough protein to fuel the body.
Eggs, milk, low fat yogurt are wonderful sources of protein. Having egg whites or boiled egg is a good idea on any day. Milk, if taken moderately, is good. The easiest way to have a quick and nutritious breakfast is to add milk (cold or warm) to cereals or oats with fruits and dry nuts.
Another amazing source of protein is a low fat yogurt, especially greek yogurt.
Greek yogurt is made by straining extensively the regular yogurt to remove liquid, whey and lactose and leaving behind a thicker, textured yogurt. One such product that we came across is Epigamia which is a fresh and rich greek yogurt.
Epigamia Greek Yogurt has -
Almost double the protein of regular yogurt.
Three times the saturated fats than regular yogurt
Half the sodium of regular yogurt
Half the carbohydrates of regular yogurt
Comes in healthy and amazing flavours like blueberry, pink guava, alphonso mango, strawberry, etc.
The best part is that Epigamia can be used as healthy spread over a bread toast. Making a fresh smoothie by adding your favourite fruit with Epigami Greek Yogurt, feels like a nutritious treat every morning. Or like we tried, just add few small almond bits to Epigamia honey banana flavour greek yogurt and feel fresh and energetic. With so many nutrients, the small pack is light and easy to carry in your dance bag and can be had as a post workout snack as well.
LOW FAT FOODS
MYTH: FATS MAKES A DANCER FAT!
FACT: A dancer’s diet should be composed of 20 to 30 percent fat. Low fat food along with glucose, vitamins and minerals gives energy which is required while doing workouts and also after workout to retain good health. Healthy foods with low fat include cheese, milk, nuts and seafood. Just remember to have 4 or 5 pieces of any of these nuts - almonds, pistachio, groundnut, walnut and your daily source of important nutrition is covered for the day.
*A fun breakfast will this recipe of a healthy smoothie bowl from Epigamia (picture below)
In their latest product, they have has also greek yogurt chunky granola snack packs to keep your small hunger pangs in control.
Recipe from: www.epigamia.com
There are no myths when it comes to drinking water. Drinking water adequately and whenever required helps in maintaining body temperature and circulation after a good sweaty dance class. In order to prevent loss of excessive amount of water, it is very important to avoid cigarettes and other fast foods and processed drinks. When your heartbeat is fast with all the jumps and slides, any kind of instant energy drinks do more harm and no good.
A healthy and balanced breakfast meal will keep your body absolutely ready to perform your best for a longer period of time.
So, tell us dancers, what do you have for breakfast?
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