Dancing for Food

Overcoming the ballet body image.

Ballet Night

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Tonight was ballet night.  It’s the second class I’ve taken since we got back, and I’m happy to say it was much better than last week’s.  I felt stronger tonight (despite my runs being less than stellar lately) and more flexible.  I’ve been trying to remember to stretch and work on my extension the last few days…hopefully I’ll see it pay off soon.  Hopefully I can throw on the pointe shoes some soon too.  🙂

Mat made dinner tonight while I was gone.  We went for a Pinterest find that we’ve made twice before – once around Easter weekend and again when we went a barbecue at his sister’s house.  It’s a yummy, light, and filling summer recipe.

Lemon Quinoa Cilantro Chickpea Salad (adapted from here)

Ingredients for Salad:

2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled

2 cans garbanzo beans (drained and rinsed)

1 package cherry tomatoes cut in half (we used Trader Joe’s)

4 avocados diced

2 cups spinach

1 bunch cilantro

1/2 cup onion

4 small cloves garlic

Ingredients for Dressing:

juice of 4 lemons

zest of 2 lemons

4 tsp. dijon mustard

4 tsp. olive oil

2 tsp. agave nectar or honey

1 tsp. cumin

dash of salt and pepper


  1. Chop spinach and cilantro by hand or using a food processor until finely chopped.
  2. Add the greens to a bowl, and set aside. Finely dice onion and garlic and add to the greens mixture.  Add chickpeas and stir until everything is combined and coated. If the quinoa is cooled, you can add it to the chickpea mixture next.
  3. Make your dressing by whisking all the ingredients together. Pour over salad, and mix until combined. Add in tomatoes and avocado and mix. Set in fridge for about 10-15 minutes before serving so the flavors set.


It was yummy, as always.  We also finished off the melon from the other day, but I ate that too fast to take a picture.

I’m on my own (sort of) tonight because Mat has to work super early yet again tomorrow.  It’s not the most fun thing to have him go to bed before me and to have him be asleep when I go in later, but with so many early shifts in a row he just can’t afford to lose sleep even for one night.  Hopefully his schedule calms down a bit to only 1 or 2 early shifts a week instead of 4.

Time for some Olympic watching, book reading, and relaxing.  Have a good night!


Author: Melissa

Getting healthy - mind, body, and soul.

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