Ideally, yoga should be done on an empty stomach, early in the morning. However, considering the hectic lifestyle that we lead today, it may not be possible to practice yoga in the morning. So, whenever you can squeeze time out for yoga, it is important for you to eat right- both before and after yoga. Wondering about the right kind of meals preceding your yoga classes? Keep reading:
WHAT TO EAT BEFORE YOGA?
It is important to choose snacks that can be digested easily and will enable you to stay light while doing yoga. Check out the following tips that you can keep in mind:
- Go for simple carbohydrates with a touch of fibre or protein.
- Avoid consuming anything high on fat. Keep acidic and spicy food at bay.
- Eat food items low on glycemic index.
- Choose snacks that give you energy and are easy for your digestive system.
Ideally, you should eat around 1 to 2 hours before your yoga session. It is always better to eat or drink anything for that matter at least 30 minutes before yoga.
Pre-Yoga Meal Ideas
Peanut Butter And fruits: Banana or apple, topped with nut butter, would make an excellent pre-yoga snack. Bananas are inexpensive, readily available throughout the year and are full of nutrients. While banana gives you energy, the sugar content in the butter helps you sustain throughout your yoga session. Instead of peanut butter, you can even go for cashew butter or almond butter.
Avocado-Toast: Avocado and toast (whole grain or multigrain toast) is the right combination of good fat and carbs. Avocado, a fruit loaded with minerals like magnesium and potassium, helps your muscles to function properly. At the same time it keeps you satiated for a long time.
Nuts – A handful of almonds or any of your favorite nuts will provide a good mix of protein and fat, with a tiny bit of carbohydrate to help power you through your time on the mat.
What Not to Eat Before Yoga –
Do not eat greasy or oily food like a burger or fries. While some people swear by drinking a pre-yoga smoothie, the excess liquid around in their stomach can make you feel uncomfortable.
What to Eat After Yoga –
Green Juice And Smoothies: Fresh green juice gives you the natural energy that your body needs for exercise and yoga. It is healthy and improves your capacity to intake oxygen. In fact, the green smoothie also is very good. Either use fresh leafy greens like spinach or opt for a tbsp greens powder to which you can add a spoon of protein powder as well. For better taste, you can add some frozen fruits or even coconut water. It is substantial as a meal as well as hydrating.
Apple Smoothie: Homemade fruit smoothies are ideal as a post-yoga meal as they help hydrate the body, supply nutrition and are delicious at the same time. Use fat-free yogurt to make the smoothie of your choice. You may stick to one fruit or mix different kinds of fruits for added taste and nutrition. Try having apple smoothie with fat-free yogurt, topped with some almonds and raisins for a boost of energy and the right combination of natural sugars, vitamins, and healthy fats.