Yoga is a deliciously beautiful practice. We get the chance to work our muscles hard and then delightfully release them with deep stretching. As you move and breathe during the practice, you can certainly work up quite an appetite.
The best way to replenish your body after your asana practice is to fuel it with some healthy and delicious yoga snacks that support your yogic lifestyle. Next time your stomach is growling after yoga, try one of these tasty, all-natural treats:
1. Homemade Guacamole and Whole Grain, Sprouted Chips
Honestly, who doesn’t love avocado? This magical little fruit is loaded with benefits. Rich in potassium, heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber and so much more, avocados are the perfect treat.
Mash them up with some garlic (another endlessly healthy and beneficial food!), onions, tomatoes, and extra virgin olive oil, and you have the best snack ever. Serve with whole grain, sprouted chips for extra health benefits and deliciousness!
2. Greek Yogurt and Raw Organic Honey
Rich in protein, probiotics, B12, potassium, iodine and calcium, Greek yogurt is a wonderful workout recovery food. Top it with a touch of raw organic honey for some delicious sweetness to get minerals and natural sugars to refuel your body.
You can also add as many fruits, nuts or seeds as you would like. Eat this quick, tasty treat as either a snack or even a sweet dessert after your practice.
3. Green Smoothie
Spinach, apple, avocado. Spinach, apple, avocado. The combination just makes your mouth water already, doesn’t it? This super simple yet wholesomely healthy green smoothie will put the pep back in your step after a vigorous practice.
With spinach being such an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C, it’s no wonder that this dark leafy green was Popeye’s superfood of choice.
Add the magic of avocado for some creamy richness and the sweetness of your favorite apples for the most scrumptious post-practice snack.
4. Açai Bowl
The superfood of the century, açai has endless benefits. These tiny little berries are chock-full of beneficial compounds like powerful antioxidants, fiber, monounsaturated fats, iron, calcium, vitamin A, and anthocyanins.
All of these have been clinically proven to drastically improve health and overall well-being. So after a sweaty (or gentle) yoga class, mix up a combo of your favorite fresh fruits and homemade granola with frozen, blended açai berries. This tasty little treat is sure to both refresh and invigorate you after your practice.
5. Quinoa Salad
Another amazing superfood, quinoa is a naturally gluten-free seed that can be used as a whole-grain substitute. Quinoa is loaded with iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and fiber.
Rare for plant-based foods, quinoa is a complete protein and is comprised of all pernine essential amino acids. After your next practice, whip up a homemade quinoa salad. Quinoa can be prepared the same way that rice is, and then loaded with your favorite veggies, legumes, nuts, eggs and/or seeds to complete the salad.
Kale, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, chickpeas, green beans, almonds, and chia seeds are a few great options if you like. Throw everything together and top with your favorite healthy dressing (or simply oil and vinegar) to make the perfect post-practice snack.
6. Peanut Butter, Banana and Coconut Water Shake
Peanut butter, banana and coconut water are likely three of the best post-workout snacks. Put them all together in one delicious shake and you’ve reached post-yoga heaven.
Peanut butter is rich in protein and potassium and also contains fiber, healthy fats, magnesium, Vitamin E and antioxidants. Bananas are often considered to be the perfect food for athletes because of their high mineral content and easily digestible carbohydrates.
Coconut water is often reported as being more hydrating than regular H2O because of its high electrolyte content that replenish what your body likely lost while sweating. So what better post-yoga combination than a shake comprised of these three powerhouse foods?
To make it, simply combine peanut butter, bananas (best if you freeze very fresh, ripe bananas beforehand) and coconut water to whip up a delicious and nutritious yogic treat. Add yogurt or (almond, soy, rice) milk if you like or even add another fruit or two or cinnamon to spice things up!
What's YOUR go-to snack after you practice? Share your ideas with the community below!