Pole dancing is far from easy. It’s both an art and a sport, one that maximizes the full range of human movement, endurance, and flexibility. And as with any sport, in order to reach your maximum performance, you need the right sort of nutrition.
Our previous post on Vertical Wise touches on this by discussing the role of a nutritionist for a pole dancing diet. Keeping your weight at a manageable level is important for your safety and performance, but that doesn’t mean you should be going on crash diets, either.
Proper nutrition is important for all athletes, so the best way to approach weight loss is through a health-first perspective. To help with that, we’ve collected a list of the best light snacks for pole dancing that will provide you with all of the nutrition you need, and none of the baggage.
We’ll start our list off with the ultimate light and healthy snack: yogurt. Yogurt has a ton of benefits, whether you’re engaged in regular physical activity or not. Stack suggests Icelandic yogurt, which is high in both protein and calcium, although Greek yogurt is a popular choice too.
Yogurt is packed with tons of benefits, including protein, calcium, and probiotics to keep your gut healthy. It’s also low-calorie and easy to find and mix in with other foods like oats or fruits. If you want a light meal that’s got everything you need for a workout, yogurt is the best foundation for that.
Apple cider vinegar is well known for having a ton of uses, both as a food and as a home remedy and natural cleaning agent. The fermentation process makes it a fantastic weight loss aid, because it’s both low-calorie and has a ton of probiotics to boost your digestive health.
Unfortunately, the vinegary taste isn’t the most appetizing, and drinking diluted ACV can still damage your tooth enamel in the long run. A great solution is Brightcore’s ACV gummies, which have all the benefits of ACV but in gummy form. Gummies are easy to bring around in your bag, and taste much better than actual vinegar. These are a light, delicious snack that can boost your health and energy for dancing.
Protein is really important for peak function, especially if you do regular workouts or performances. Not only does protein help you maintain and build your muscle, but it also helps repair the tiny tears in muscle tissue that come from sustained physical activity.
It’s essential for athletes to eat enough protein to keep up with their activity. If you want a low fat, healthy protein source, then tofu is the way to go. Eating Well claims that tofu is a great source of plant protein, fiber, iron, and calcium— all essential for maintaining muscle and bone strength. It’s pretty versatile, too, and can be grilled, baked, used as a meat substitute, and much more.
All athletes know you need sugar for energy, and the best high-sugar low-calorie solution for that is berries. Not only are berries like blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries a fun and delicious treat, Breaking Muscle reports they have powerful cardioprotective properties.
Three or four servings of berries per week can reduce the risk of heart attacks for women, and can even help you recover faster from workouts or performances. Make sure to pick berries with more intense colors, like blackberries or blueberries, as these tend to be higher in important antioxidants and flavonoids.