New York City Ballet Nutritionist Shares Her Favorite Dessert Recipe

Joy Bauer, New York City Ballet nutritionist and founder of Nourish Snacks—a snack brand that combines healthy foods and yummy flavors—gives one of her favorite dessert recipes for dancers: two-ingredient PB-banana freeze bites.

"If you're craving something sweet for dessert, cut a banana in half lengthwise, spread on natural peanut butter, sandwich the halves together, freeze, and slice into one-inch wheels. This treat is full of potassium (which can help prevent muscle cramps), protein and heart-healthy fats—dig in!"


• 1 medium-ripe banana

• 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter (or any other nut/seed butter)

• Strawberries or chocolate chips (optional)

Serving Size: This recipe makes one serving.

Note: You can add chopped strawberries for a PB&J banana treat. Or sprinkle chocolate chips in the middle.

Courtesy Meg Brooker

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Movement was more than a metaphor for the fight for women's suffrage—dancers played a real role, most notably Florence Fleming Noyes, who performed her riveting solo Dance of Freedom in 1914 to embody the struggle for women's rights.

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Justin Boccitto teaches a hybrid class. Photo courtesy Boccitto

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All photos by Ryan Heffington

"Annnnnnnd—we're back!"

Ryan Heffington is kneeling in front of his iPhone, looking directly into the camera, smiling behind his bushy mustache. He's in his house in the desert near Joshua Tree, California, phone propped on the floor so it stays steady, his bright shorty shorts, tank top and multiple necklaces in full view. Music is already playing—imagine you're at a club—and soon he's swaying and bouncing from side to side, the beat infusing his bones.

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