As a Health Coach, I get asked this question all the time: “I love practicing yoga and it makes me feel really healthy, but when I walk out of class I am so ravenous that I end up eating processed foods…I then feel extremely guilty that I have ruined the benefits of my practice”. First of all, I hear you. This has been one of my biggest issues for many years.
Eating fresh, natural foods that are high in protein and filled with nutrients will enhance the benefits of your yoga practice and keep your post-yoga glow going hours after your last pose.
So let’s help you prepare some easy to make, healthy go-to snacks to enjoy after your practice.
“Here are my top 3 post-yoga snacks”
1. Fresh green smoothie with coconut water
First, select some green leafy veggies: kale or spinach are my usual choices. Then, add your favorite fresh fruits — berries and bananas work best. Then, add some healthy fats: olive oil, avocado or nut butter. Add raw coconut water (full of electrolytes) and blend. This combination will fill your body with vital nutrients to keep it functioning at its best. For extra health benefits, throw in some superfoods: chia seeds, flax, hemp seeds, goji berries, spirulina.
2. Nut butter and fruit on whole-grain toast
Spreading nut butter (almond and cashew are my favorites) on your whole-grain toast will fill you with fiber, protein and “good fats” that keep your heart healthy. Top your toast with fruit slices to add some fiber, vitamins and a sweet touch.
3. Healthy protein and avocado wrap
First, spread hummus on a whole-wheat wrap. Then, add some seasoned clean protein (my favorites are tofu, organic free-range chicken or wild salmon) and avocado slices. Add some sea salt and roll. The clean protein will help you repair and build muscle tissue. Eating avocado after a workout will also help create strong muscles and give you a healthy glow.
These post yoga snacks will keep you fit, full and fueled for the day. Remember to always hydrate after yoga too! Whatever snack you choose, make sure your ingredients are clean, organic and fresh, to optimize health benefits.
Have questions? Find me at @soniaribascoach and we’ll chat!