A lot of people ask if it is ok to eat before yoga. The answer is yes it is OK to eat before a class, but you want to eat at least 30 minutes before the class and make sure you eat foods that are easy to digest. Here are some of my favorite healthy snack recipes to enjoy before a yoga class that give me to energy I need for the class without digestive issues.
Bananas contain lots of fiber which will keep you feeling full and regulate the speed at which sugar is released into the blood stream. Bananas are considered a low glycemic fruit so they don’t have a big impact on blood sugar levels but have just enough sugar to keep you going during a yoga class. They also have the added benefit of potassium which works with sodium to keep the body hydrated and magnesium which helps prevent muscle cramps.
A handful of almonds is a great pre-yoga snack to keep hunger away. Raw unsalted almonds are easy to digest and contain a good balance of protein and fat that will keep energy levels high during the class. They also contain fiber, energy boosting vitamin B2 and antioxidant vitamin E.
A very small serving of oatmeal before a yoga class is a great way to keep you going during the class. They are a slow digesting complex carbohydrate that will keep you feeling satiated. Oats are full of fiber and stabilize blood sugar. They are also super high in magnesium which supports bone health.
4. Date Bliss Balls
Enjoying a date bliss ball as you are running out the door to a yoga class is a great way to make sure you don’t get light headed half way through the class. They are packed with protein and fiber to provide fuel throughout the practice. The sugar in the dates will slowly release and keep energy levels up. Get the recipe here.
5. Simple Green Smoothie
Enjoying a small simple green smoothie is a great way to get a quick energy boost before doing yoga. Make sure to use a simple smoothie without too many ingredients to keep it easily digestible. I recommend using ½ cup electrolyte balancing coconut water, a small handful of bone supporting spinach, ½ cup antioxidant rich berries and 1 Tbsp energy boosting chia seeds.
If you eat these tasty snacks before your next class they will keep hunger at bay so you can enjoy a mindful practice.
Jesse Lane Schelew, BSc, CNP is a cheerful Holistic Nutritionist, motivating speaker, cookbook author and wellness writer. She is the founder of JesseLaneWellness.com, a web based holistic nutrition practice and holistic recipe resource. Jesse Lane is passionate about nutrition helps positive and vibrant individuals unlock the incredible healing power of food and reclaim their health. She works with clients via Skype and in person at Yellow Gazebo Natural Healthcare in Toronto, Ontario. Jesse Lane is a co-author of The Holistic In the City 21 Day Smoothie Guide, a fantastic eBook that will jump start your smoothie habit. She is also the co-founder of BhojanaYoga where she offers holistic nutrition and yoga programs.