Winter school holiday is about to start (or have started already for the lucky ones!) and you’re mostly likely going to attend holiday workshops.
A full day of dancing, great!
Let’s make the most out of it by fuelling and nourishing enough.
I want to focus on snacks this time because these mini-meals can really help you reach your energy and nutrition goals.
And you might even find new snacks this holiday that you can incorporate into your school-term days.
How can snacking be helpful?
Snacking is a great way to refuel without feeling overly full or stuffed.
If you’ve refuelled adequately then you’ll have enough energy to accelerate through the following classes.
Taking a little time to organise your dance bag to include some snacks can save you time (running around finding something) and money (buying things from a cafe is never cheap).
Things to remember about snacks between-classes:
Don’t make the mistake of skipping carbs (see here for more carbohydrate information)
Some protein is important too (see here for more protein information)
Easy-to-digest is important, which means lower in fibre and fats, because too much fibre and/or fats can slow down digestion and lead to stomach discomfort.
Try bite-size portions so (1) you can choose how many/much to eat and (2) it’s less messy.
So, what does this look like?
- Fruits in season. Cut them up into bite-size pieces; this way you can pick on them without having to eat the whole thing in case your teacher calls you in early.
- Sandwiches. Think peanut butter and jam; cheese and tomato; smoked salmon. Cut them into 2’s or 4’s so it’s easier to eat.
- Sushi rolls. Pre-cut ones are easy too!
- Trail mix.
- Crumpets, English muffins or bagels with cream cheese spread.
- Yogurt with some fruits or muesli. If you have a fridge to keep them cool, perfect!
- Pop corn.
- Plain crackers with hummus and/or other dips.
Holiday’s a great time to experiment with different food/meal ideas.
It’s also a good time to play around in the kitchen, cooking and baking. So get your hands on and prepare a meal or snack for yourself.
Do you have a favourite snack? Let us know!