Best Foods to Eat before your Yoga Practice!

What are the best foods and beverages to consume before yoga?

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Food is an important part of our yoga journey, as it can have a direct effect on our practice. In particular, consuming foods that are prone to make us feel bloated, may make it harder to enjoy, and feel comfortable during our yoga practice. In order to avoid bloating and indigestion before your yoga practice, it is recommended to eat lighter and easily digestible meals. The following article will provide a variety of light foods and beverages that are best to consume before your yoga practice (specifically in the morning time).

Best Types of Foods to Eat Before Yoga

Some like to eat big breakfasts, others prefer to skip breakfast, or do ‘intermittent fasting‘. There are many scientific findings for the benefits of both. That being said, I believe it comes down to personal preference and the constitutions of our body. For example, some people do well with skipping breakfast, while others experience fatigue, the effects of low blood sugar, and even moodiness. In the ancient teachings of the Vedas (which is where yoga originated from), it is recommended to eat more sattvic food before practicing yoga. Sattvic foods consist of mainly plant-based foods that include whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans.

It is important to note that people as a whole, have different body types and require different types of foods, nutrients and care. For example, people who experience low blood sugar, have to eat more consistently and it is not recommended for them to skip breakfast. It is important to always know your body first, and speak to a physician if you are experiencing any specific health concerns. What works for one person, may not work for another, therefore it is essential to find what works and feels best for you personally.

As a general rule, if you do not have any health concerns or specific dietary restrictions, it is best to stick to wholesome and lighter foods before practicing yoga. Below, you can find different suggestions (and recipes) of several different foods that are on the lighter side, making them great options to eat before yoga.

Juices

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Celery Juice

Celery juice is very hydrating and is packed with nourishing vitamins such as fiber, zinc, magnesium, and vitamins A, B, C, and K. It digests quickly and fuels the body with energy and minerals, hence making it a great beverage to consume before your yoga practice.

Carrot Juice

Carrot juice has an ample amount of healthy vitamins such as Vitamin A & K. In addition, it boosts your immune system, is low in calories, digests quickly while keeping the body energized, making it a great and healthy choice to consume before your yoga practice.

Beet Juice

Beet juice may help lower blood pressure, and improve exercise stamina. It’s a great source of potassium, and of other minerals and vitamins. It also helps to maintain a healthy weight and digests quickly, making it a great beverage choice before practicing yoga.

Apple, Kale, Ginger Juice

Apple, kale, and ginger are a great combination as well, as they are packed with many nutrients, immune boosting properties, and energy. It will digest quickly, and keep you feeling light and fueled for your yoga practice.


Smoothies

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Smoothies are a great source of energy, and are a great option for those who need a slightly more filling ‘meal’. Below are some great and yummy recipes you can try out! To make these smoothies, place all ingredients into a blender and blend until you reach a smooth consistency.

1. Green Goddess

  • 1 banana
  • avocado
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mangos
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of plant-based milk of choice (cashew, almond, oat, or soy)

2. Antioxidant Overload

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chia seeds
  • a cup of spinach
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup of plant-based milk of choice

3. Spinach in it

  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1/2 cup frozen mangos
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup of plant-based milk of choice

4. Peanut-Butter Banana

  • 1 banana
  • 2 Tbsp peanut-butter
  • 1 cup of plant-based milk of choice
  • optional: sprinkle with coconut shreds

5. Blueberry-Banana-Nut

  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup

Fruit

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Fruit is another great option to consume before your yoga class, as it is light, digests fairly quickly and supplies the body with energy and fuel. Below are some fruit options to choose from:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Mangos

Gluten-Free Muffins

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Gluten-free muffins (such as banana-nut, carrot, or zucchini), are a wonderful option for those who like to consume slightly more filling foods. They provide enough energy, carbs, and nutrition to make the body feel full, yet do not often make you feel overfull or uncomfortable (depending on the quantity consumed). Personally, I would suggest going with gluten-free options because gluten and wheat tend to take longer to digest, and may create a bloated and heavy feeling for a while after consuming it. On the other hand, gluten-free options tend to be lighter, more digestible, and still very delicious.

I have found a few websites which provide healthy and gluten-free muffin recipes. I will link them below for you to explore and experiment with.


1. Carrot-Apple Muffins


2. Banana Bread Muffins

Gluten-free Vegan Banana Bread Muffins


3. Healthy Blueberry Muffins

Healthy Gluten-free Blueberry Muffins


4. Pumpkin Muffins


5. Zucchini Muffins


Light Grains

If you are feeling fatigued in the morning, and feel the need to consume a slightly more hearty meal, try the following things:

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Gluten Free Bars

  1. Go Macro- Macro Bars are some of my favorite bars. They are organic, gluten-free and vegan. These bars are filling, high in protein, and fuel the body with energy. I like how quickly they digest really quickly, and personally are some of my favorite bars to eat before practicing yoga. I linked these bars here for those that might be interested.

2. Larabar – These fruit and nut bars are so delicious and are non-gmo, vegan, and gluten-free. There are fueling, energizing, and come in different flavors. These are some of my favorite bars, and I have linked them here as well for those that might be interested to try them!

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3. Cliff Bars – these bars are packed with protein, nutrients and and energy and come in a variety of flavors. They are a good choice for those who need a more hearty meal, as they are quite filling. If you’re interested to try them, click on the link!

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2. Chia Pudding

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Chia pudding is a great snack as it is packed with protein, vitamins and healthy nutrients. Adding a variety of toppings of your choice (such as berries, nuts, or shredded coconut) is a great option, as it makes it more flavorful and nutritious. For a delicious chia pudding recipe, click here!


3. Overnight Oats

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Overnight oats (or regular oatmeal) are filling, energizing, and help your body stay strong and fueled, making it a great choice of food to eat before yoga. It is recommended to be conscious of how much oatmeal you consume, as it can make you feel overfull (if consumed in large quantities). Click here if you are interested to try a delicious and nutritious overnight oats recipe!


Gluten-Free Toast with Nut Butter

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Having a piece of toast (preferably gluten-free), with a choice of nut butter (almond, peanut, or cashew), provides the body with enough energy, carbs, and nutrients for your practice, making it a great choice of food to eat before yoga. To dress up your toast more, feel free to add a fruit of your choice on top (banana, strawberries, or blueberries are always great).


Beverages

1. Lemon Water

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Many studies have shown that there are many benefits to drinking lemon water. If you aren’t a breakfast person, and prefer to practice on an empty stomach, consider adding lemon to your water in the morning. Lemon water is a good source of vitamin C, promotes hydration, and aids with digestion. For more information about the benefits of drinking lemon water, click here.


2. Coconut Water

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Coconut water has become popular among many yoga practitioners. It is known for containing many antioxidant properties, that are great for your health. In addition, coconut water is a great source of hydration and packed with great nutrients, and is a great and light beverage that will keep you hydrated, energized and fueled for your practice. For more information on the benefits of coconut water, click here.


3. Matcha Tea

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Matcha green tea has also become increasingly popular, due to its high content of antioxidants, it’s ability to boost brain function, and help with weight loss. It also gives a pretty good caffeine kick, which is helpful if you’re going in to practice a more dynamic and intense yoga flow. If you’re interested to learn more information about the benefits of drinking matcha green tea, click here!


4. Herbal Tea

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Herbal tea is a great beverage to have before practicing yoga, as it helps to boost your immune, soothe the nervous system and create an overall calming effect. This makes it a great choice of beverage to consume, prior to your yoga practice.


6. Chia-Lime Detox Water

Chia-lime water is a great detox beverage, as the combination of the water, chia and lime are all cleansing, hydrating, immune boosting and energizing. To make this drink, simply add 1 teaspoon of chia seeds into a glass of water, and squeeze half a lime into it. It will help you stay hydrated and energized, making it a great choice of beverage to consume before your yoga practice.


Resources

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/sattvic-diet-review#sample-menu

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/intermittent-fasting-guide

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324932

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/beetroot-juice-benefits

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/benefits-of-lemon-water

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/8-coconut-water-benefits

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/7-benefits-of-matcha-tea#6.-Helps-you-lose-weight

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-13-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coffee

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