Have you ever been in a yoga class doing wind relieving pose and accidentally relieved some wind (aka passed gas!)? It is totally normal and happens all the time because certain poses are meant to help your body release. If you don’t want it to happen to you the next time you take a class, follow my top 5 foods to eat before a yoga class. You can enjoy all of these foods an hour to 30 minutes before your class.
Bananas contain lots of fiber which will keep you feeling full and regulate the speed at which sugar is released into your blood stream. Bananas are considered a low glycemic fruit so they don’t have a big impact on your blood sugar but have just enough sugar to keep you going during your yoga class. They also have the added benefit of potassium which works with sodium to keep you hydrated, and magnesium which helps prevent muscle cramps.
A handful of almonds is a great pre-yoga snack to keep your hunger away. Raw unsalted almonds are easy to digest and contain a good balance of protein and healthy fat that will keep your energy levels high during your 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 a yoga class. Oats are a slow digesting complex carbohydrate that will keep you feeling satiated. They are full of fiber and stabilize your blood sugar. Oats are also super high in magnesium which supports bone health.
4. Darn Good Date 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 give you fuel throughout your practice. The sugar in the dates will slowly release and keep your energy levels up. Get the recipe here.
5. Simple Green Smoothie
Enjoying a small simple green smoothie is a great way to get quick energy for your yoga practice. You want to make 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 tablespoon energy boosting chia seeds.
Jesse Lane Lee, BSc, CNP is a cheerful Holistic Nutritionist, motivating speaker, cookbook author, and founder of JesseLaneWellness.com. She is a recovering sugar-a-holic who, after suffering from candida, started eating homemade sweets made with alternative sweeteners. Jesse Lane had so much fun creating healthy dessert recipes; she started writing them down so she could share with you in her cookbook. She is the author Jesse Lane Wellness Cookbook Healthy Dairy Free Desserts. Get a copy of her 15 page Guide to Natural Sugar Substitutes for FREE.