I consider New York City Ballet to be one of the most impressive companies around. It’s the company I grew up watching since I was just a train ride away on Long Island. The dancers who work there are elite athletes. They have to take immaculate care of themselves in order to stay healthy to perform the amount that they do.

Because City Ballet is one of my favorite companies, I’m very aware of their company dancers and Jenelle Manzi has been on my radar for a long time. She’s absolutely lovely to watch and now I’m happy to report that she’s a beautiful soul both inside and out.

Jenelle and I sat down to chat about her food blog but we also got into her journey in dance and how injury instilled a deep interest in “functional food”.

I hope Jenelle’s story with inspire you to get more curious about how the food you put in your body is impacting your body and it’s ability to heal and thrive. Everyone has different food sensitivities but with some investigative work you can discover what works best for you.

It’s so wonderful to see a dancer who has not only found a clear path for herself but who is committed to sharing her journey and recipes in order to inspire others. With recipes like “Maca Cacao Magic Cookies” and “Maca Mucuna Energy Bites”*, Jenelle’s creations take “indulgent, functional food” to a whole nother level.

*Maca is good for energy, stamina and endurance as well as balancing hormones*

Jenelle Manzi on Indulgent, Functional Food

Jess Spinner

Jess is a former professional ballet dancer turned Holistic Health, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Coach for high level dancers. She founded The Whole Dancer in 2015 after identifying a greater need for balance, wellness and support in the dance world. Since The Whole Dancer was founded, Jess has worked with 100's of dancers worldwide at top companies and schools. She has been featured in or written for Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Pointe Magazine, and Dance Spirit Magazine.

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