by Iva deMartelly
Yogis, we’ve all had that moment… The moment during Chaturanga when we swear we can FEEL the grilled cheese we ate for lunch flow down to the floor with us. There is no food regret worse than Yoga Class food regret! And as someone who has lived through it many times, I am here to help with a few of my favourite pre practice snack ideas. Light enough to help you leap through the air with ease, but still nutrient dense enough to fuel your stamina and endurance.
Yoga Benefits: Chia has a small amount of protein which will stabilise your blood sugar, as well as containing high levels of fibre and lots of good-for-you omega 3 fatty acids. The healthy fats in this superfood seed were used to energise ancient Aztec and Mayan warriors before they entered battle and will definitely help you feel the power of your Warrior One.
1 cup unsweetened light coconut milk
1/4 cup chia seeds
Stevia, honey, (sweetener of choice!)
Fruit - completely up to you which!
Simply mix everything together, top with your favourite fruit, and leave it in your refrigerator overnight! The seeds will absorb all the water and will make a delicious gelled pudding.
Belly Good Green Smoothie
Yoga Benefits: Bananas are what are known as a prebiotic, or a food that feeds all the good bacteria in your stomach, and being extremely easy to digest, they are an excellent pre yoga food staple. Avocados provide healthy fats to keep you satiated and energised during your practice, and they are an excellent source of magnesium and potassium which will support flexibility.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup spinach (frozen for even creamier consistency)
Stevia to taste
*Optional Power Boost - Plant based protein powder of your choice!
Blend, pour into a Shake It Shaker, and feel the love.
Ginger Coconut Tea
Yoga Benefits: Ginger helps to relieve tired muscles, reduces arthritic inflammation, and improves circulation as well as providing a non caffeinated source of pre class energy for our coffee fiends (I am one of them). Coconut milk contains huge amounts of medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCFA’s) that are metabolised straight to energy!
2 cups water
A big chunk of ginger (the spicier you like things, the bigger the chunk)
A big splash of full fat coconut milk
Chop the ginger up into small chunks so that the flavor can escape, and boil the water and ginger for about ten minutes. Add stevia and coconut milk to taste. Then have another cup!
Remember, eating or drinking anything heavy right before a class isn’t usually a good idea- yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach! Try and eat 2-3 hours before your practice your to feel your best. Namaste!