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Meal Prepping for the College Dancer
Meal Prepping for the College Dancer
Written by Jeanne-Marie Branche | Feb. 23rd, 2021
Hi everyone! I haven’t been as active lately- February has been a MONTH! Back to school and dancing has been an amazing adjustment, so I am trying to balance it all again. One of my goals for myself this semester was to meal prep and organize healthier eating options for myself during these busy days. It is definitely a commitment to make, but it has helped me tremendously with my busy weeks… I can actually EAT and not worry about what I am going to eat that day. Here are some of my tips and tricks for meal-prepping in college. (I emphasize college because I believe that my grocery shopping and prepping has saved me so much time and money.)


The Skeleton for my Meal Prep:

1 Protein (meat)
1 Carb (rice, quinoa, potatoes) 
1-2 fresh or cooked vegetables (salad, spinach, steamed squash, asparagus, roasted peppers & onions) 


Frozen Options: 

Frozen options like packaged vegetables, potatoes, even meats such as shrimp, steak, chicken, or salmon, etc. Frozen options are generally never too expensive and can be a great bang for your buck since it can stay in your freezer for a longer period of time. Buying things fresh is always the best, but it usually may not benefit you the best during the week if you are busy like me; I don’t like to worry about having things stored that may spoil quickly. 

Pre-Made Foods to re-heat:

Similar to above, pre-made/pre-packaged foods are great as well to just re-heat and set aside/portion out for the week. Healthy options are available out there once you look for it and really saves me time instead of making a lot of things from scratch. 

Budget:
Let’s talk money. My grocery bill averages around $70 every two weeks. Not bad! No meal plan at school anymore.. phew! Each meal I create for the duration of 5-6 days in the week averages to at least $20 per meal. I usually give myself a free day to eat leftovers, have a mini cheat day, or go out for food/get food delivered.


Balance & Variety:

You will find it. You will figure out what works for you and what you like and don’t like. Be willing to try new things, however, it helps! You will discover new things about yourself and eventually begin living a healthier, balanced, and more disciplined lifestyle. ( if you want that of course!) I have never been happier and satisfied with what I have been able to do with my meal prepping and how much time I am able to save. Prepping both lunches and dinners probably only takes me roughly an hour and a half to two hours, one day a week… DEFINITELY do-able in my opinion. 

Meals I have Prepped so far this Semester:

Lunches: 
Chickpea Salad 
Tuna Melt Sandwiches 
Hummus Grilled Chicken and veggie wraps 
Broccoli Salad
BBQ Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps 

Dinners:
Salmon, Quinoa, and spring mix salad
Steak and potatoes & sweet potatoes, with spring mix salad
Salmon, White rice, and baked Asparagus 
Pasta with grilled chicken and marinara w/ sautéed onions and mushrooms 
Steak with roasted potatoes, steamed squash, and green beans with garlic
Seasoned shrimp with quinoa and a side salad


Meal prepping does not work for everyone, but I recommend trying it! Some people may not like eating the same thing everyday for a week, but I personally don’t mind. If you do mind, you can definitely prep a variety, just make sure to organize it and plan it well! It is definitely do-able and workable for your needs… after all you are prepping it! There are many guides online as well, and remember, KEEP IT SIMPLE! I started a Tik Tok account too @theballerinabody. There, you can see some of my meal prep videos and tips for surviving as a college dancer / performing artist! 

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About Author: Jeanne-Marie Branche 

Jeanne-Marie Branche is a student at the University of Tampa double majoring in Communications and Applied Dance. Her hometown is Palm Beach Gardens FL. She has been actively involved in the dance industry and is continuing to train and choreograph professionally in college. With her current training, she plans to perform and choreograph for dance companies/programs while teaching younger children through her passion for creativity and dance! 
Jeanne-Marie intends to blend both of her studies to integrate proper marketing and branding for individual dancers, dance companies, and artists locally, nationally, and globally.

About Dancers of the Light 
Dancers of the Light is a blog that focuses on the comfort, community, and purpose within the arts industry. It is a growing circle of dancers and artists who are on a mission to find their purpose in the fine arts and to meet others with like-minded ideas and motives for why they do what they do. I hope to inspire and network with others as I see this blog grow! 
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