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Recipes with Zerlina Mastin

The Busy Dancer

It’s easy to lose track of what we eat when schedules are crazy busy. Finding time to plan, shop, cook and pack can feel overwhelming, tiring us out further. A dancer’s diet during a hectic period needn’t be stressful, but it’s worth the effort as the food we put in our bellies will affect our ability to manage stress, our energy levels, and the health of our bones, joints and muscles. So this month’s recipes are super easy, and some can be made with just two ingredients!

It’s always a good idea to shop when you have some free time. Buying foods that can last a good while in the cupboard (such as dried fruit, rice, lentils, tinned tomatoes and peanut butter) as well as some frozen items means you can throw together some last minute simple meals. So here are some ideas.


This recipe can also be made with just two ingredients (banana and eggs)! Nutritious and quick to prepare, these pancakes are ideal for dancers as they include some healthy high quality protein, complex carbohydrates and important fats. The pancake mix can be prepared in advance and refrigerated in an airtight container for 2-3 days. Also suitable for freezing.

Serves 1


2 eggs, 1 banana, 1 tbsp. peanut butter, 1-2 tsp. honey


  • Blend the eggs, banana and peanut butter until a smooth consistency is attained.

  • Heat a little oil in a non-stick pan, and spoon just a small amount of batter (approx. 2-3 tbsp.). Cook on a low heat until the base is browned (approx. 2-3 minutes)

  • Flip and repeat on the other side.

  • Serve with a drizzle of honey.

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