With the freshness of a new year, it’s always a good time to begin new habits, and new things to help us grow as people. There is truth in the fact that the happier we are, the more we illuminate as dancers. Another way to put it is that we subconsciously emit a certain aura when we are more or less happy. Have you ever been told, “Wow, you just look so much better?” Sometimes, we as dancers, aren’t even aware of the impact our energy has on ourself, others, and even our dancing. So in this way it’s always a good thing to keep expanding, stay positive, and find ways to stay happy and healthy.
After asking some friends what their own resolutions were for 2012, a common theme came up. Nutrition! So, I thought I would tap into some fun nutritional facts and share with you what came up for the next few Movement Wednesday entries.
This week’s Movement Wednesday themed food is, Yogurt!!
- Practicality: Easy to eat on a five minute break, easy to transport, and lots of options. If you don’t like one kind, try another! Even try Kefir or Greek Yogurt (if you have not already)!
- History (Who knew?): The legend often told is that yogurt was born on the slopes of Mount Elbrus is the Caucasus Mountains, between the Black and Caspian Seas. On the hot southern slope a mixture of organisms that thrived in these temperatures contaminated a pitcher of milk belonging to a Turkish nomad. The result was what they called yogurut, which was changed to the current version, “yogurt,” in the eighteenth century.
- Nutritional highlights: Provides a great source of protein, calcium, phosphorous, riboflavin, and Vitamin B12. It is also a great source of pantothenic acid, biotin, selenium, zinc, and potassium.
- Improved tolerance of milk – Enhances lactose digestion
- Improved intestinal health – Live active cultures helps to keep intestinal balance as well as suppressing harmful bacteria in the intestine.
- Lowers blood cholesterol levels – Not typically a problem with dancers but research shows that 1 cup of yogurt per day for one year lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) in total blood count.
- Anticancer and Immune-Enhancing Effects – Various probiotic species may reduce the risk of colon cancer as well serving as an immune-enhancing agent, anti-tumor effect, and detoxifier of cancer-causing substances.
Ways to add it into your daily routine for the new year:
- Add it your salad dressings. Simply place yogurt in the blender with enough water to achieve a desired consistency. Add in your favorite herbs and spices.
- Mix it in with your cereal or granola and even add in some bananas and berries.
- Make smoothies! Add in your yogurt, fruit, veggies, juice, and even some peanut butter for a yummy smoothie.
- Make a yogurt parfait. Parfaits are healthful, visual, and a yummy treat. Layer yogurt, granola and your favorite fruit in a wine or other fun glass.
- Top waffles or pancakes with a dollop of plain yogurt and then top off with your favorite fruits and nuts.
- Bon Appetit!
If you have not had the chance to read the recent Conversation Sunday piece titled, A Resourceful Interview and OFFER from Active Release Specialist, Andy Shetterly, please take a look! He has great things to say and wants to work with you!
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