Samuel Opsal: Fuel for Dancing

Ballet 5:8’s professional artists share about their favorite recipes, food, and beverages that fuel their dancing days.

Photo by Rebekah Lane

Q. What are some of your favorite snacks for rehearsal or show days?

A. As a snack for long days in the theater or in rehearsals I like to make my own trail mix. It usually consists of peanuts, almonds, dark chocolate M&M's and dried pineapple.

Q. How do you balance a busy schedule and adequately fueling your body?

A.The main strategy I have is cooking large meals on my days off and refrigerating or freezing the leftovers. This allows me to eat good homemade meals on the days that I am busy and avoid the preservatives that easy meals from the grocery store contain.

Q. What is one food or beverage you couldn't live without?

A. Well I have to say that water is what I literally can't live without, but I especially enjoy it after it has been filtered through coffee beans. I enjoy coffee in just about any form, from black all the way through to a sugary espresso drinks from a coffee shop.

Q. What is one of your favorite recipes?

A. There are many recipes I enjoy making and eating but this is a favorite in terms of simplicity. This recipe for popovers is something I like making on days when I have the morning off and some time to make breakfast.



2 tbs melted butter
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 cups milk, at room temperature
3 eggs, at room temperature

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F

2. Generously grease aluminum popover pans or muffin tins with softened butter. You'll need enough pans to make 12 popovers. Place the pans in the oven for exactly 2 minutes to preheat. Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, salt, eggs, milk, and melted butter until smooth. The batter will be thin. Fill the popover pans less than half full and bake for exactly 30 minutes. Do not peek.