Not only does what you wear to a yoga class matter, but it's also important what you eat before a yoga class. After all, (the right) food is fuel! As I continue to celebrate #NationalYogaMonth here on Naturally Me, I figured I'd share 10 healthy foods to eat before yoga.
During a class, you don't want to feel full or weighed down, but not weak and hungry either. Focus on eating foods that are nutrient-dense, easy to digest and don't contain simple carbs which are sugars found in soda, cereal and baked goods. Eating about an hour before class works best for me.
Here is a list of foods that will keep you focused during your next yoga flow:
1. A Banana
This is my favorite pre-yoga snack! Bananas are potassium-rich, which keeps your body properly hydrated and, because they contain magnesium, they also help prevent cramps and bloating. I always notice when I haven't had a banana in a few days because I get leg cramps.
2. A Protein Bar
If I'm running low on food, or time, before a yoga class I always reach for a protein bar. (Clif Builder's Bars and RX Bars are my FAVORITE!) They're great because they're quick to eat, yet keep me full enough to get through the class. Plus, any excuse to eat chocolate..... ;)
3. A Smoothie
Smoothies are always a good pre yoga (or workout) treat. They're easy on your stomach and you can always make them ahead of time to grab-and-go. My favorite smoothie is a scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder, almond milk, frozen fruit and ice.
4. Plain/Unsalted Almonds
These guys help to boost energy while keeping your hunger at bay. They contain potassium, magnesium, and vitamin E, helping you to stay hydrated and giving your muscles staying power.
5. Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit
As long as you have it a least an hour before your class so it can digest properly, oatmeal is a great option. It has a lot of magnesium to support your energy levels. Plus, adding some fruit is never a bad thing either... hello natural sugar! I used to hate blueberries but now I eat them in my oatmeal everyday.
6. Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is packed with protein that will give you sustained energy to flow through your Vinyasa. Sometimes I even add a little bit of granola for some crunch.
7. Avocado Toast
Our bodies do need some carbs before a workout for additional energy, so I love good old avocado toast. Ezekiel bread (or any sprouted grain bread) is a healthier option that's flour-free and has natural enzymes to support digestion. Plus, avocados are a healthy fat which our bodies need. And who doesn't love avocado toast?!
8. Apples or Pears
These fruits (along with bananas, oatmeal and yogurt) have a low glycemic index which will help fuel your performance for longer periods of time.
9. Almond Butter
Almond butter is another healthy fat which full of fiber that is also a source of energy. Try almond butter with Greek yogurt, cinnamon and unsweetened coconut slices before class.
10. Dried Apricots
If you don’t have time to prepare anything before it’s time to hit your mat, dried fruits like apricots are good; they’re low in acidity and the natural sugars will help give you energy. Plus, they are an easy snack to toss in your bag.
What do you like to eat before yoga?
P.S. - For those of you in the DC area, don't forget there are several awesome yoga events coming up including Yoga On The Mall! Get all the details here!