How Do I Find Healthy Snacks for My Yoga Workout?
Yoga is an ancient practice that is believed to have originated in India around 5,000 years ago, although the timeline of its origin has often been debated. The yoga we know today is vastly different from what it used to be, evolving from a ritualistic and religious-based practice into a trendy form of exercise to increase flexibility and mind-body connection. You may have read the article about mindful eating for weight loss, written by Melissa Daniels, Registered Dietitian. Mindfulness is fairly comparable to yoga: learning how to be present, or in the moment, focusing the attention on what is happening right now, and having acceptance of what is happening without reacting or judgement. To many who practice yoga today, it means more than switching from different asanas, or poses. It allows those who practice to utilize focused attention combined with controlled breathing to heighten self-awareness.
It is very common amongst Yogis, or those who practice yoga, to have vegetarian or vegan diets, but this is not required in order to reap all of the benefits that yoga provides. When it comes to fueling up for a yoga workout, the key is to eat enough fast-digesting carbohydrates for the energy that is needed to get you through the workout, but not to make yourself feel overly full or weighed down. You want to be able to perform your inverted positions without having any digestive complications. Check out these top ten snack ideas to fuel up your yoga workout.
Top 10 Snacks to Eat Before Your Yoga Workout
*g = grams
1. Mix together 1 cup of nonfat, plain Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips, and 2 tablespoons of sliced or chopped almonds
Nutrition Facts: Calories: 285; Carbohydrates: 22.3g; Protein: 28g; Total Fat: 11.1g
2. 1 medium-sized banana drizzled with 1 tablespoon of honey
Nutrition Facts: Calories: 169; Carbohydrates: 44.3g; Protein: 1.3g; Total Fat: 0.4g
3. 1 slice of whole-grain toast with ½ an avocado (*if you have digestive problems with avocado, try 1-2 tablespoons of almond butter instead)
Nutrition Facts: Calories: 271; Carbohydrates: 28.6g; Protein: 7g; Total Fat: 16.7g
4. Pineapple Pina Colada Smoothie – blend together 1/2 medium banana, 1/4 cup light coconut milk, 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple, 1/4 cup chilled pineapple juice, and 1/2 cup crushed ice
Nutrition Facts: Calories: 203; Carbohydrates: 43.4g; Protein: 1.6g; Total Fat: 4.2g *Recipe Courtesy Cookinglight.com
5. 1 energy bar, such as a Larabar
Nutrition Facts for 1 Larabar, Apple-Pie Flavored: Calories: 190; Carbohydrates: 24g; Protein: 4g; Total Fat: 10g
6. 1 toasted, whole-wheat English muffin with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
Nutrition Facts: Calories: 225; Carbohydrates: 25g; Protein: 8.5g; Total Fat: 9g
7. Mix together 1 cup of mixed berries with ½ cup of 2 percent fat, plain Greek yogurt
Nutrition Facts: Calories: 155; Carbohydrates: 21.5g; Protein: 11.4g; Total Fat: 2.3g
8. 12 baby carrots and 2 tablespoons of hummus
Nutrition Facts: Calories: 112; Carbohydrates: 13.9g; Protein: 2.8g; Total Fat: 6.2g
9. 1 ounce of dried mango and ½ ounce of chopped walnuts
Nutrition Facts: Calories: 181; Carbohydrates: 26g; Protein: 3g; Total Fat: 9.1g
10. Grapefruit, Peach and Ginger Smoothie – blend together 1 cup grapefruit juice, 1 teaspoon grated, fresh ginger 1 cup of frozen peaches, ½ of a frozen banana, and ½ teaspoon chopped mint
Nutrition Facts: Calories: 223; Carbohydrates: 51.9g; Protein: 3g; Total Fat: 0.4g
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