I’m obsessed with everything fall! Since, I already shared some of my seasonal favorites in terms of fashion, I also wanted to share with you some of my favorites for snacking. For dancers especially, I recommend taking a look at my previous blog: Snack Smarter & Dance Stronger. That blog highlights the role of different macronutrients, the importance of snacking, meal timing, and why listening to your body’s wants and needs are so important! So once you’ve read up on all of that, check out this list of snacks that are are great options for fueling up and embracing fall flavors!
Dried Fruits, Nuts, & Seeds
These snacks are perfect for keeping in you dance bag. Fruits provide energy and nuts & seeds provide heart healthy omega 3s for your joints! Plus I love combining them to make my own train mixes. Try combining Go Raw Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds , Dried Cranberries Lilly’s White Chocolate Chips or Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips, and nuts of choice to make your own fall themed trail mix!
I also love Purely Elizabeth Pumpkin Cinnamon Granola ! It’s perfect for snacking on it own. But if you want to add calcium to help with bones health then try having it in a bowl with almond milk (like cereal) or use it as a topping on yogurt.
Dips & Spreads
Dips and snacks provide an easy way to add some macronutrients and micronutrients to your toast, vegetables, crackers, or fruit slices. Justin’s Maple Almond Butter and RX Honey Cinnamon Peanut Butter are not only delicious but also come in convenient packets that are perfect for bringing to dance. Kween Vanilla Granola Butter is a fantastic option for anyone with a nut allergy or if you dance at a studio that is a “nut free” zone. Plus the vanilla flavor adds a nice sweetness that reminds me of the seasonal baking flavors.
Bars are my go-to snack for in between rehearsals. Plus they make it an easy way to get a combination of different macronutrients. That way you will get exactly what you need: carbohydrates for energy, protein for muscle repair, and fats for your cognitive & joint health. If you are looking for a protein rich bar go for a Pumpkin Pie RX Bar. Try the Trader Joe’s a Pumpkin Walks into a Bar or Larabar Seasonal Variety (Gingerbread, Snickerdoodle, & Pumpkin Pie) a must when you want extra energy from carbohydrates made from vegetables and fruit. Or go for a more omega 3s with a KIND Caramel Almond Pumpkin Spice Nut Bar.
As mentioned in my other snack blog, it’s really important to treat yourself. Yes, ballerinas need to eat sweets! Part of enjoying the holidays is about having and making baked goods and enjoying them with others. So while I hope that you definitely keep healthy tips in mind when it comes to fueling your dance and exercise, I also hope that you are able to find balance in what you eat. Trust me, it’s much easier said than done and I want to be an example that this is possible. So this year especially, I’ve been taste testing and trying all the fall sweets! I tried Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Jo-Jos, a Nothing Bundt Cakes Pumpkin Bundtlet, and a PSL from Starbucks for the first time. I highly recommend all of them. I will say that my absolute favorite has been trying the Krispy Kreme Pumpkin Cake Donut but it’s only available till November, so don’t miss out!
So get Snacking!
I hope that you embrace these autumn flavored snacks! Remember that fueling your body is beneficial for your mental and physical health. Your body needs food to fuel your through workouts, rehearsals, and class all the way to grande allegro! Tell me what snacks you want to try and if you have any foods that you love that you want me to taste test! Till then, I hope you fall for these fall festive foods!
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