10 Best Foods to Eat Before a Yoga Class

15 Mar

Not too long ago I posted a blog about foods that slow down your workout.   Here are some tips on good foods to eat before a yoga class.  These are not the same foods I would recommend before a gruelling, high intensity workout session, so keep in mind these foods would be good if you’re headed to your next yoga class…which reminds me…I am so overdue for a class!

Namaste.

1.  Apples – They hydrate, give a little sugar jolt, and they clean your teeth.  They are also a great source of vitamin C and contain fiber, which can help hold you over until after you’ve finished holding tree pose.

2.  Almonds – Grab a handful of almonds before class to help boost your energy and starve off hunger.  Almonds contain Vitamin E, potassium, and magnesium, which means you’ll have plenty of stamina to stay in boat pose (just be sure to eat them plain and unsalted to maximize their energizing benefits).

3.  Oatmeal – Half a cup of oatmeal makes a good, light pre-practice snack.  You want something that burns easy and will keep you tied over till the end of your class but won’t make you ill while practicing.

4. Pears – Most of our experts agreed that fruit is a great pre-yoga snack, but the type of fruit you eat is also important. The low acidity level of pears make them a smart selection for a pre-mat snack. Plus, pears are high in fiber, which means they are more likely to keep you satisfied until your next meal.

5. Bananas – No surprise here, potassium-rich bananas make a great pre-workout snack, but they are great for yogis too. Potassium works with sodium to help keep your body properly hydrated.

6.  Prunes – Another potassium packed (and easily portable) snack, a single ounce serving of prunes provides almost 300mg of potassium.  And contrary to popular belief, a small serving won’t have you running to the restroom (a 1 oz serving has less than 1g of fiber), so they are safe to eat before class.

7.  Dried Apricots – Dried apricots contain natural sugars to help boost your energy, but lack the acidity of say, citrus fruits, which can sometimes cause heartburn during activity. (Plus, they are an easy snack to toss in your bag).

8. Melon – Melon is a water-rich fruit that is also low in acid that can help you stay hydrated and energized (sans heartburn) during your warrior poses.

9. Greek Yogurt – As long as you don’t have any problems digesting dairy, a little yogurt can make a good pre-yoga snack option. Try a small serving of Greek yogurt for a protein-rich snack that is rich in lactose, a naturally occurring sugar that will give you sustained energy.

10.  WATER WATER WATER!!  You lose a lot of water while sweating it out in those hot-yoga classes so be sure to hydrate.  Try coconut water which helps replace electrolytes that are lost during a hot yoga class.  There are many many benefits for drinking coconut water…that may just be a subject for one of my next blogs!

Source: SHAPE magazine

Until next time,

Have a fit and fabulous day!

Lisa

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