Valerie Linsner: 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.Trail mix, carrots with hummus, and fresh berries are some of my favorites!

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

A. Snacks that are quick and easy really help me on the days when I go from rehearsals to classes to teaching. Also making sure that they contain enough lasting substance, like protein, fat, or fiber, is really important for me to keep going and not become hungry again within the next hour or so.

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

A. Dark chocolate. I usually pack some with me whenever we go on tour.

Q. What is one of your favorite recipes?

A. On nights when I do have time to cook, I like this super easy spinach pie. I pair it with a starch, like wheat toast or a sweet potato, for added energy, and it is nice because it can be eaten for literally any meal of the day!


Crustless Spinach Quiche

1 10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, cooked and drained

4 eggs, beaten

1 16 oz. carton low-fat cottage cheese

2 c. grated mild cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 325°

Combine spinach, eggs, cottage cheese, and cheddar cheese in a large bowl. Pour mixture into a quiche pan or 10-inch pie plate treated with non-stick spray.

Bake uncovered for 1 hour.

Makes 8 servings.