A Pro Ballerina Shares a Page From Her Food and Fitness Diary

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As the founder of the online workout phenomenon, Ballet BeautifulMary Helen Bowers responsible for transforming thousands of women’s bodies—from Victoria’s Secret models to working moms—with her virtual workouts and private classes. Just how good is she? Bowers personally coached Natalie Portman all the way to a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in ballet thriller “Black Swan.”

Her own experience as a professional ballerina is impressive: Bowers trained at the super-elite School of American Ballet before joining the New York City Ballet at age 16, where she danced for a decade. Then, she got a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and founded Ballet Beautiful.

Even today, as a mom and successful business owner, Bowers still sticks to a strict, healthy diet and fitness plan—and she looks incredible. Ahead, we got the lowdown on this ballerina and businesswoman’s healthy routine.

For breakfast I had
Slow-cooked oats with organic walnuts and half a peach.

For lunch I had
A chopped salad with grilled shrimp, tomato, and avocado.

For dinner I had
Green summer salad with fresh whole wheat pasta in homemade tomato garlic sauce.

Today I snacked on
An organic apple, string cheese, and raw almonds.

My go-to healthy drink is

The one thing I would never eat is
I really dislike food with loads of salt and heavy cream.

My favorite workout is
Ballet Beautiful.

My guilty pleasure food is
Chocolate and cheese. I couldn’t live without either.

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The next big health and fitness trend will be…
Back to the basics. I think people are looking for a lifestyle change and longterm solution rather than a quick fix. Ballet Beautiful is all about helping our members to create balance while making working out inspiring and fun.

My favorite healthy restaurant is…
I love Souen downtown for a healthy lunch.

My favorite healthy snack is…
Fresh fruit and raw nuts, because it’s quick, easy and portable.

My favorite fitness blog is…
Well and Good.

On Instagram, I’m obsessed with following…
My clients like Doutzen Kroes and Lily Aldridge. It’s inspiring to see other working moms juggle and balance it all.

The three ingredients you’ll always find in my kitchen are…
Fresh fruit, organic milk and cage-free organic eggs.

My biggest health tip for travelers is to…
Stick as closely as possible to your routine at home. Look for healthy choices, squeeze in an abbreviated workout on the go and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

My signature healthy dish is…
An entree salad. I love fresh organic greens topped with grilled chicken or fish.

mary helen bowers ballet beautifulPhoto: Ballet Beautiful

The app I couldn’t live without is…
I’m a working mom, so the app I use most frequently is diapers.com.

The top three songs on my workout playlist right now are…
All classical! Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven are favorites.

The best part of my job is…
Connecting with women all over the world every day to share Ballet Beautiful.

I start an average day by…
Drinking a big glass of water first thing.

My favorite activewear brands are…
I live in my Ballet Beautiful leotards and tights.

mary helen bowers ballet beautifulPhoto: Stacey Mark/Ballet Beautiful