Every dancer's nutrition goals are different. Maybe you're trying to go vegan, or maybe you want to cook your own dinner more often. No matter what your personal objectives are—or whether you work with a dietitian—there are all kinds of apps that can help you make smart decisions at the tap of a button.
We asked three dietitians who work with dancers for their top recommendations.
Want to know how much vitamin C is in your peach, or how much caffeine is in your dark chocolate? Registered dietitian nutritionist Rachel Fine, founder of To The Pointe Nutrition, says the Nutrients app can help you easily assess the nutritional content of whatever you're eating.
Developed by a dietitian for Olympic athletes, NutriTiming analyzes how much food you need throughout the day based on how active you are. Emily C. Harrison, founder of Nutrition for Great Performances, uses it to help some of her clients analyze their food choices, but warns that the focus on numbers can be triggering for anyone who struggles with disordered eating.
App: Water Drink Reminder
How many of us actually remember to hydrate regularly? Heidi Skolnik, who consults with dancers and athletes through her company Nutrition Conditioning, recommends using an app like Water Drink Reminder to automatically send you nudges throughout the day.
"Eating out can be daunting," admits Fine. The HealthyOut app helps you find nutritious restaurant meals nearby.
Skolnik recommends collecting all your favorite recipes on ChefTap so that you always have healthy dinner ideas on your phone—and know what you'll need to buy at the grocery store in order to whip them up.
App: 21-Day Vegan Kickstart
With veganism trending, Harrison sees many dancers simply cut out all animal foods without adding in healthy alternatives. "A well-designed vegan diet can be great, as long as it's done well," she says. The recipes on the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart app were created by doctors and dietitians.
App: Food Intolerances
If you're not sure which foods work with your diet restrictions, the Food Intolerances app helps you navigate the choices, says Fine.
App: Recovery Warriors
If you're recovering from disordered eating or struggling with negative feelings about food, the Recovery Warriors app can help track your behaviors and emotions, says Harrison.
Need help navigating the snack aisle? Fine says you can personalize your interests on ShopWell to find options that align with your health goals—tailored to the exact store you're standing in.