5 Steps to Make a Delicious Variety of Pre-Yoga Smoothies
As yogis, many of us crave that “buzz” a morning yoga practice provides. Sometimes a final savasana at 9 am (or earlier!) is all you need to feel amazing for the remainder of the day. A morning yoga practice will bring peace of mind and encouraging positivity for whatever life throws our way.
It is advised to eat lightly, if at all, before a yoga class. But if you are anything like me, an invigorating vinyasa flow requires breakfast beforehand. Just be sure to eat something that will give you sustained energy, but won’t weigh you down.
Here are five simple steps to make light and energizing smoothies to fuel your morning yoga practice:
1. Choose your base
The liquid base is what allows for perfect blending. Milk alternatives are tasty and great for a creamier smoothie. Think almond milk, coconut milk, or soymilk. Coconut water is great to hydrate before a kickass hot yoga class. And there’s always filtered water if none of these are in the fridge.
2. Add 2-3 fruits / veggies
Time to stray from the classic strawberry/banana! To get a healthy dose of greens, add spinach, cucumber, celery, kale, collard greens or romaine. All add amazing green color and nutrients. Carrots and beets are another yummy, nutritious veggie option to keep in mind. Keep frozen bananas handy to thicken the smoothie and keep you fuller longer. Blackberries, pineapple, kiwi, mango, peaches and papaya add sweetness and vitamins. Buy seasonally for the most flavorful fresh fruits.
If you’re new to green smoothies and need it a tad sweeter, add a teaspoon of agave nectar or raw honey.
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3. Pick your protein
For a class full of strengthening poses, you’ll need a protein kick. And you’ll be thanking yourself for that pre-yoga smoothie when you’re doing your fifth sun salutation flow. Plant-based proteins are best. There are options such as chia seed, hemp seed, plant protein powder, natural nut butters or organic rolled oats. These healthy proteins are ideal because they fit with almost all dietary plans/restrictions.
4. Boost with superfoods
When it comes to your selection of superfoods, the sky is the limit. Take one trip to any natural food store and you can find all of the super foods on the market. Acai powder is an antioxidant powerhouse, as well as goji berry powder. Maca powder is energizing. Raw cacao powder adds chocolate flavor, fiber, and a burst of lasting energy. There’s also ground flaxseed, chia seed, or matcha green tea powder. Spices like ginger and turmeric add an anti-inflammatory kick. Spirulina is a blue-green algae with countless benefits and is the perfect green substitution if you went with all fruit ingredients. There’s also the option to add a healthy fat to keep you full and sustained, like avocado or coconut oil.
5. Top it off!
Are you a morning yogi that has time for a breakfast with utensils rather than a straw? Try a smoothie bowl! Pour your delicious smoothie in a large bowl and top with unsweetened coconut flakes, granola, cacao nibs, nuts, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, pomegranate seeds or dried mulberries. You’ll get a diverse range of textures—who doesn’t love a little crunch— plus an added dose of nutrients and flavor that your body and taste buds will thank you for!
Bonus tip: Running late? Throw these quick, easy, and super-nutritious pre-yoga smoothies into a to-go cup as you run out the door to catch that morning class.
As you begin whipping up these delicious, nutritious pre-yoga smoothies, explore and discover your favorite combinations that will become the familiar Down Dog and Child’s Pose of your smoothie routine. Listen to the needs of your body. Remember that your body is created to feel amazing. Be kind to your body and give it the nutrition it needs for a fulfilling and empowered yoga practice.
Have any additional delicious and healthy pre-yoga smoothie recipes you’d like to share? Please post in the comments below. ☺
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