A Dancer's Diet: Jasmine Chiu

  We asked EMD's talented apprentice and July's Artist of the Month, Jasmine Chiu, what meals and snacks keep her fueled for a long day of dancing.  Photo by Pascal Sonnet. 

 

We asked EMD's talented apprentice and July's Artist of the Month, Jasmine Chiu, what meals and snacks keep her fueled for a long day of dancing.  Photo by Pascal Sonnet. 

Breakfast:

 Certainly the most important meal that sets me up for the day. I wake up to (chugging) a full cup of water. I'll cook two eggs (1 whole and 1 white) scrambled with turkey, spinach, and feta cheese. Or, if I think ahead of time, I'll make overnight oats and chia seeds with a banana and peanut butter the night before (1/3 cup of oats, 1 tbsp of chia seeds, 1/2 cup of milk, and toppings to your liking).

Lunch:

  I like to make things in bulk to last me a few days (I'm all about convenience). One of my favorites is the "Detox Salad" made of cauliflower, kale, cabbage, onion, and carrots, all slightly crushed up in a food processor, topped with sunflower seeds, raisins, and an avocado dressing. Recipe totally credited to http://www.theglowingfridge.com/chopped-detox-salad/

Dinner:

 Again, made in bulk: brown rice pasta cooked with grape tomatoes, kale, and ground turkey, tossed in garlic and olive oil. And... My nights often end in cereal.

Snacks: 

Coconut water is my go-to drink when I want something besides water. Food wise, BANANAS! Cliff bars, mini Persian cucumbers, grapefruits, Nature's Path 'Love Crunch' granola, and more cereal... 

Your last meal on earth would be______:

 At a competition seeking for the world's best steak, mac and cheese, and macarons. A few hours would have to be set aside for this. 

What are your guilty pleasures?

 

I am always down for a good milkshake with a side of french fries (I'm thinking Shake Shack here). I also sometimes go on solo adventures to find new ramen spots (my current win is Totto Ramen).
 


What do you always make sure to have in a meal?  

Protein! Whether it be in some chicken, tofu, peanut butter... It's something I really think is important in staying fueled and energized. Something green is always good, too. 

Favorite place to eat in New York City?

 I have several... But my favorite quick, solo meals are spent at Digg Inn -- platters of fresh, seasonal food for not too much money. 

What's your ideal pre performance meal? 

I'll sneak in one of my other favorite spots in the city here -- Chop't. I love their 'Kebab Cobb' salad with kale, chicken, red onion, spicy peppers, feta, and crushed pita chips, all dressed in tzaziki. Mainly being something that's not too heavy, has fueling components, but also keeps me full (because my most miserable performance days have been when I got really hungry). And I make sure to be equipped with snacks (and something sweet) to munch on!