Running from school to the studio then home can leave little time for dinner—but that shouldn't mean skipping it altogether. If you're coming home at 10 pm with an empty stomach, don't head straight to bed. Dance Spirit has you covered with three options to tide you over till the morning, without filling you up too much.
1. Cherry Smoothie
Pour two small cups of kefir (a type of liquid yogurt) into the blender, along with 12 to 15 chilled cherries (don't forget to remove the pits!) and some ice cubes. Kefir's filled with digestion-friendly probiotics, and cherries are a great natural source of melatonin, a key hormone that helps induce sleep.
2. Cottage Cheese (3/4) Cup
Scoop out a 3/4-cup serving of cottage cheese into a bowl—the protein will help keep you full all night so you won't wake up #hangry. For some added boosts (and flavor), mix in a sliced half of a banana. It's loaded with potassium, which has been proven to reduce anxiety and stress, two much-needed benefits after a long dance day.
3. Breakfast for Dinner
A scrambled egg paired with a toasted slice of whole-grain bread is a perfect light meal that'll help ease you into sleep. The carbs found in the toast and the protein from the eggs work together to help your brain access an amino acid called tryptophan—crucial for triggering the good kind of drowsiness!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.