A Day on the Plate with Claudia Dean
Published on 22/09/2017
Thank you for your time, Claudia, can you start with taking us through your thoughts on food and well-being?
I will always keep a balanced diet because it rewards you with good health. I now know what my body needs to work with my busy coaching schedule and this is the lifestyle choice I make.There’s a saying – you are what you eat. And it's true. Although I have the luxury of a fast metabolism, I still choose to fuel my body with good foods so I feel sustained all day long. I have always believed in a balanced diet so my body was kept strong throughout my intense ballet training.
Can you take us through your typical meals during a ‘normal’ day.
Since arriving back in Australia, I find that I have to stick to 3 meals a day with minimal snacking due to my intense coaching schedule at my studio. I always have between 10-12 1hour private lessons per day, which is demanding mentally and physically.
My typical lunch for work consists of leftover dinner from the night before. These meals include: Spaghetti, roast chicken, steak with vegetables and homemade pizza or wraps. To stay hydrated during the busy day, I always carry a 1 litre water bottle and fill it up 2 times a day.
What are your guilty pleasures when it comes to food?
When it hits 12pm each day I will always have an almond milk vanilla latte. I also like to occasionally snack on protein bites during the day for something a little sweet.
What was your food intake like when you were dancing full time?
I used to have a particular routine for every ballet competition - I had to make sure I ate boiled rice 2 hours ahead of performing because I was told rice made your brain more alert. When I was travelling for competitions, there were occasions where I couldn't find boiled rice at the shops and it would stress me out because it was part of my routine! It's funny to laugh about it now though.
When I was with The Royal Ballet and living in London, I was having to shop and cook for myself. I tried hard to make sure I ate the right foods, because if I didn't, my energy levels would not have lasted all day. Bananas were my best friend and got me through some really long rehearsal days. Luckily we had a cafe at the Royal Opera House where you could pick up healthy lunches and snacks to keep going.
What are some of your favourite cafes in Brisbane?
When I’m feeling indulgent, I visit the restaurant below my studio 'Darling & Co.' and order a pasta dish with protein.
I would say that my favourite food would be Seafood - and for me, the best seafood restaurant in Brisbane CBD is Georges Paragon. It's my go-to.
What is your guilty pleasure when it comes to food?
One of my favourite foods is ice-cream and my least favourite is cheese!
Ingredients (Serve 1)
- 1/3 Cup of Blueberries (frozen or fresh)
- 1/3 Cup of Diced Mango (frozen or fresh)
- 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Protein Powder
- 1 Banana (frozen or fresh)
- 2 Tablespoons of Quick Oats
- 3/4 Cup of Coconut Water or Almond Milk (whichever you prefer)
- 1 Teaspoon of Chia Seeds
- Drizzle of Honey
- Sprinkle of Cinnamon
- 6 Crushed Almonds
- Mint Sprig (optional) for presentation and garnish
Step One: Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth
Step Two: Pour into a glass or shaker and take with you to start your day
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