Healthy snacks for healthy dancers: Pear and Banana Muffins

Not sure what to pack into your lunchbox for rehearsals? Health Promotions Officer and resident food eater, Jamie Winbank, has done all the hard work for you (including making and eating, ok mostly eating) and found some of the best Go for 2 and 5® recipes for you to include in your lunchbox for when rehearsals begin.

Pear & Banana Muffins

Pear and Banana Muffins

Pear and Banana Muffins

15 minutes preparation + 20 minutes cooking

What you’ll need:

  • Olive or canola oil spray
  • 2 cups wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 2 cups white self-raising flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
150 mL low-fat natural yoghurt
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 large banana, peeled and chopped
  • 1 pear, cored and diced
  • ½ cup buttermilk or low-fat milk

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What’s in your box? Carrot and Parsnip Muffins

Health Promotions Officer and resident Master/Iron Chef, Jamie Winbank, has done all the hard work for you (including making and eating, ok mostly eating) and found some of the best Go for 2 and 5® recipes for you to include in your lunchbox for when rehearsals begin.

Carrot & Parsnip Muffins

Carrot and Parsnip Muffins

Carrot and Parsnip Muffins

15 minutes preparation + 25 minutes cooking

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A busy Bangarra dancer: what does he eat?

Touring around nationally and internationally with one of Australia’s busiest and most sought after contemporary dance companies takes its toll on a dancer’s body. Luke Currie-Richardson from Bangarra Dance Theatre (and ex-QL2 dancer) spared a few moments from his busy schedule to chat with Health Promotions Officer, Jamie Winbank about how he maintains his healthy lifestyle.

Luke Currie-Richardson, Bangarra Dance Theatre

Luke Currie-Richardson, currently with Bangarra Dance Theatre (2013)

Do you have a favourite meal that keeps you going throughout rehearsals?
For lunch, I like to eat a garden salad and fruit salad – the mix of fruit and vegetables gives me the energy boost to get through the afternoon rehearsals. For dinner I tend to eat salads and fish (Atlantic Salmon is my favourite) or pasta to regain energy and protein stores lost throughout the day. Continue reading

How do ballet boys really keep healthy?

Ever wanted to know the deep dark secrets of how professional dancers keep healthy?   Health Promotions Officer, Jamie Winbank, finds out exactly how ex-Quantum Leapers and professional dancers keep healthy during their busy dance filled schedules.

Here’s how West Australian Ballet Dancer, Samuel Maxted, keeps healthy and physically active during intensive ballet rehearsals:

Samuel Maxted, West Australian Ballet

Samuel Maxted, West Australian Ballet

Do you have a favourite meal that keeps you going throughout rehearsals?
Working full time in a ballet company requires lots of energy and strength, so I eat a lot more than simply lunch and dinner. For breakfast I usually eat a high carb breakfast to have lots of energy for morning class and rehearsals. After class I eat a can of tuna, some grain crackers and tub of yogurt and before I hit the gym I like to eat a banana then finish off after my gym session with a protein bar or protein shake. My big meal of the day is lunch. High on carbs meal – (mainly foods like lasagna, spaghetti bolognaise, chicken pesto pasta ect.) I snack with a piece of fruit in the afternoon. I finish with dinner often meat and vegetables; steak, chicken, or fish with salad on the side. Continue reading

QL2 breeds healthy dancers: that’s what “health promotion” really means!

A veggie person emerges, live on stage. From QL2's "Pig Out".

A veggie person emerges, live on stage. From QL2’s “Pig Out”.

People ask us: ‘so what does it mean when we say we are a health-promoting organisation?’  Surely dance is always healthy?  Well… no.

Dance is not always healthy.  Alongside the health-positive aspects of dance as a physical activity, it can also have negative health influences, often inadvertently.  For example, many dancers feel pressured towards unhealthily low weight, or towards unhealthy use of drugs to develop their bodies. Bullying is rife in some dance environments, and attitudes to self-image can take a battering . Continue reading