Healthy Food for Dancers

It’s summer, so I’ve been home a lot and snacking a lot! This got me thinking about how I would advise my emerging dancers to eat during the summer months. I’m a fan of convenience all the time, so I checked out Amazon to see what is available for busy families to purchase, in order to save time and still find healthy options for their little dancing kiddos. Also, while I absolutely LOVE having tons of food in my home and will over-spend on groceries faster than I’ll overspend on designer shoes or handbags, I hate actually going to the grocery store. So, HELLO Amazon. (AmazonFresh isn’t available in all regions, so below I have listed some items that are on AmazonFresh specifically and some that are just on regular Amazon.com!)

MealPrepSo first, I want to recommend these awesome meal prep containers, which are currently listed for $15.50 for 21 3-compartment containers with lids. Several of my friends meal prep each week, as do I, in a super informal, non-Instagram-worthy way. However, if I had these containers, I might have to start photographing my weekly meal preps!

I also found these bowls for an alternate option. They are listed as microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe!

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Last summer, when I was living the good life and participating in a local summer ballet intensive, I brought a salad and nuts every day, which meant I had to go to the store at the beginning of the week. (I was clearly too exhausted after going from 0 to 60, with jumping into ballet training for 6 hours per day out of nowhere to go shopping after class any day of the week.) So, I was super happy to find salads on AmazonFresh as well.

For quick protein snack packs that can be enjoyed by adults and kids of all ages, you can purchase this directly from Amazon.com. These snack pack contain items like honey roasted peanuts, glazed ham, and sunflower kernels or peanuts and teriyaki beef jerky. A six-pack protein pack will cost you just under $10.

Of course, you can find fresh fruit on AmazonFresh, but you can get tons of dry fruit options on Amazon.com, including organic dried cranberries and organic fruit lollipops!

almondsI’m personally very picky about my nuts, but I do love a good almond. You can grab a variety of nut brands on Amazon.com, including Amazon’s own brand Happy Belly.

Everyone needs treats once in a while! For those days, you can purchase an assorted variety pack that includes tasty snacks such as Air Heads, Cheeze Its, and Chex Mix. You can grab a pack like this of 40 snacks for $24.99. You can also get this pack of chips and cookies for a sweet treat!

These low sugar, gluten free KIND bars are a healthy option for a quick snack as well, and you can grab a variety pack of 12 for about $14. I haven’t tried them personally, but I have been meaning to try these snap pea crisps as a snack!

amazonmealkit2Finally, my absolute favorite new find on AmazonFresh was the Amazon Meal Kits! They take about 30 minutes to prepare and serve 2 people, which I think is fabulous.

Cultivating Happiness

When I was thinking of starting to blog again and playing with names for this blog, I knew I wanted to somehow incorporate the idea of the pursuit of happiness. However, over the past few months I’ve really been focusing on the idea of intentionally creating or cultivating happiness, as seriously as a lifestyle choice. With that idea in mind, I also knew I wanted to talk about what I know in a professional sense and in practice, which is dance and education. So that’s how I arrived at the blog title of The Happy Dance for this little section of mine on the interwebz.

Every now and then, I’d like to step away from my voice as an “expert” (We are all always learning and forever students of this thing called LIFE, aren’t we?) in dance education, or startup entrepreneurship, or online marketing and talk about regular life things. Being the hardcore Gen-Yer that I am, I’m completely aware that everything I share on the internet (And, oh boy, am I all over the internet… Good thing I love Google!) is completely public and potentially accessible by anyone, including the very words I’m typing in this blog…. So I want to talk about things with which I’m comfortable sharing and that are hopefully still helpful to whomever is reading these words of mine. So, I want to talk about what I’m doing to create happiness! I want to share the tiny moments of my life that are causing me to do a Happy Dance. Presently, that’s travel.

I remember this quote that I came across several years ago:

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
– Henry David Thoreau

That’s kind of how I’ve been feeling about my life lately. I’ve been feeling like I want to stand up to LIVE each day in the ways that bring me the most joy. I want to take all the risks. (But don’t worry, I’m a really safe [read: paranoid/anxious] person, so all my risks are super calculated.) I want to experience all the things.

So sometime last year, I set the intention of traveling. And, I’m thankful that I’ve been able to commit to and live out that intention. Today is the first day of May of 2019, and, since November of 2018, I’ve traveled to 8 different cities, 2 different states, and 3 different countries. (The featured photo from this post was taken in Heidelberg, Germany!) In fact, in the past 6 months, I’ve been fortunate to take a little vacation 5 times.

For me, traveling is causing me to do a little Happy Dance because it both humbles and inspires me. It makes me feel simultaneously small in a super grand world and enormously large in being gifted with the opportunity to create the reality of my dreams. (Truer entrepreneur words were never spoken, right? Hashtag live yo’ dreams.)

What are you currently cultivating in your life that’s causing you to do a Happy Dance?