Last April, the School at Steps, a division of Steps on Broadway in NYC, held its first High-Performance Recipe Contest as part of its Healthy Body Workshop. Dancers across the country were invited to submit their favorite healthy snack recipes. Check out the winning recipe from Annie S. in Overland Park, KS, and the runner-up from Julie Magruder in NYC.
Cream Cheese Spread and Cucumbers on Crackers
Preparation time: 10 minutes
• 8 tablespoons low-fat cream cheese
• 2 tablespoons dill weed
• Dashes of garlic powder, dried onion flakes and/or salt
• 1/2 cucumber, cut into 8 slices
• 8 low-sodium saltine crackers
Preparation Instructions: Mash the cream cheese, dill, garlic powder, onion flakes and salt with a fork until well mixed. Spread the mixture evenly over the saltine crackers and top each cracker with a cucumber slice. Enjoy!
Annie says: This is perfect for when you need a yummy, healthy and filling snack!
Dance Star Shake
Preparation time: 15 minutes
• 4 teaspoons wheat germ
• 3 ice cubes
• 1 medium orange
• 2 peaches (or pears, if you prefer)
• 12 strawberries
• 2 large bananas
• 5 tablespoons yogurt, any flavor
Preparation Instructions: Cut the stems off the strawberries, core the peaches and peel the bananas and orange. Place the ice cubes in a blender and blend until crushed. Add the fruit, yogurt and wheat germ and blend the mixture to your desired consistency.
Julie says: This snack is excellent when you’re rushing to class because you can take it on the road with you. It’s very refreshing and tasty—enjoy!
Got The Munchies? Try Our Favorite Healthy Snacks
A small, baked sweet potato with a dash of brown sugar —Michael Anne Bailey, assistant/fashion editor
A piece of whole-wheat flatbread with jalapeño hummus —Margaret Fuhrer, associate editor
Carrot and celery sticks with a little olive oil and red wine vinegar and salt and pepper sprinkled on top —Kate Lydon, editor in chief
Homemade trail mix that includes whole-grain cereal, raisins, unsalted almonds, dry roasted peanuts and dark chocolate M&Ms —Alison Feller, deputy editor in chief
A sliced tomato from my garden, topped with salt and pepper —Colleen Bohen, managing editor
Baby carrots and sliced bell pepper dipped in spicy hummus —Katie Rolnick, associate editor
Munching on a healthy treat when you begin to feel hungry is a great way to keep from overeating later. Be sure to pack a few non-perishable snacks in your dance bag before you leave for class.