The day of competition is one of nerves, excitement, and so. much. hairspray.
Throughout the chaos of running your dances, stretching, warming up and doing your makeup, it can be hard to remember to eat. When you do remember, it’s usually something quick, high in carbs and high in sugar.
When you take the time to make healthier food choices around dance competitions, you’ll find that you have more energy for the day and you'll recover quicker. Try some of these healthier swaps and see if your performance, endurance
Eat This, Not That!
Rice Cheddar Crackers vs. Cheez-Its
Fresh, whole foods are always the best choice for athletes, but I know that sometimes we just need something easy. If you’re going to eat packaged foods make sure you avoid
Kind Bar vs. Clif Bar
The same rules apply for snack bars. Can you read the ingredients easily? Even better, can you SEE the ingredients? Nuts and seeds are natural sources of healthy fats and protein, which are essential for rebuilding muscle and promoting recovery. Competition nutrition for dancers should promote these things as well as healthy carbohydrates for energy. A kind bar with coconut is a great example of all three macronutrients doing their job.
Protein Smoothies vs. Naked Juice
If you have the chance to make your own food you’re going to be better off. Controlling the ingredients is going to lower sugar and extra garbage that could make it harder to rebuild strong muscles.
Coconut Water vs. Gatorade
Gatorade and I are in a fight. The eye-catching colors, the
Greek Yogurt vs. Conventional Yogurt
Whole Grain Toast and Peanut Butter vs. Bagel and Cream Cheese
I’ve eaten many a bagel and cream cheese in my dancing
About the Author:
Katie Peyton is a Holistic Health Coach, Personal Trainer and world champion dancer. She has combined her 25 years of dance and her expertise in nutrition and fitness to create conditioning classes and nutrition lectures designed just for dancers. Katie empowers dancers to view themselves as athletes and gives them the tools to increase their strength, endurance, injury prevention, and overall performance.
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