Wanting to make the most of your next yoga session? Here are 10 foods that are excellent for your body pre and post a yoga session.
Tofu, as we know, is a great source of vegan protein and an excellent source of iron, calcium and vitamin E. Tofu also contains isoflavones, which help to reduce the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or bad cholesterol, in your body and in turn can boost your cardiovascular health.
Yogis need their protein for energy and concentration and the super grain quinoa is one way to get it. Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, iron for healthy blood, vitamin B2 to help with energy production in cells, and magnesium for blood sugar control.
3. Nut butters
Whether you fancy peanuts or prefer almonds, nut butters are a great way to satisfy hunger, boost your energy, and keep you powered up until it’s time for Savasana. Nut butters are super high in protein and contain the good fats to keep you healthy.
Even if you’re a seasoned yoga pro, inversions can sometimes bring on dizzy spells due to dehydration. To keep your head from spinning—and your tummy from rumbling—nosh on some watermelon before throwing on your yoga gear.
Not too many people know it, but eating beets after a yoga class can effectively ward off soreness and fatigue. The less sore you feel, the sooner you can return to the mat for another class.
6. Chia Seeds
Chia is a powerhouse of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, magnesium and more calcium than a glass of milk! In yoga terms this means reduced inflammation of hardworking muscles, regulated bowel function, strong bones and a healthy heart.
Eating one before a yoga practice will help you feel satiated and keep your body functioning properly during all those downward dogs. The simplest way to enjoy is with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, but you can try guacamole, sauces for pasta or fish, blend it into a smoothie, toss it into a salad.
One of my personal favourites, a serving of kale is a calcium goldmine, contains more iron than a similar-sized serving of red meat, and supplies an abundant amount of vitamin K.
9. Whole-Wheat Bread
To keep tummy rumbles from ruining your zen “snack on something rich in carbs that has a low glycemic index an hour or two before your class begins.
Don’t want to miss a yoga class due to being sick? Jackfruit is a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants, which can strengthen your immune system, protecting the body from common diseases such as cough, cold and flu.