Beans, lentils, peas, peanuts, soybeans and chickpeas are all part of the legume family, categorized for their pods that contain seeds. Here are three reasons dancers shouldn't overlook this nutritious staple.
1. They pack a nutritional punch.
Legumes are high in protein, as well as dietary fiber, which will keep you fuller longer during rehearsals. They're also a good source of iron, which many dancers may not have enough of.
2. They're affordable.
The perfect option for dancers on a budget, a bag of dried beans or lentils goes a long way and is one of the cheapest items at the grocery store.
3. They're versatile.
Beans or lentils are a hearty addition to soups or salads. You can blend chickpeas to whip up a quick hummus, or roast them tossed with olive oil and spices for a crunchy snack. And don't forget about peanut butter: Pair it with an apple or celery for an on-the-go energy boost.