We all know the golden rule about eating before a yoga class, especially a class with twists or inversions…it is best not to eat a large meal at least 2 to 3 hours before practicing. When we practice on a full stomach, depending on the type of class, we may experience cramps or nausea. We may also feel sluggish as we are less inclined to move since digesting our food requires the energy that we could be using to hold our plank pose or perfect our chuttarunga. But just as we mindfully set foot on our mats to nurture ourselves and find balance, we can also use this same mindfulness when fueling our bodies before and after practice.
The solution to our pre and post yoga hunger pangs is simple…keep smart healthy snacks available in your yoga bag or in the car. An easy option is a piece of fruit like an organic apple, pear or even a banana. Nuts or trailmix is also a great choice that will provide energy and the healthy fats help to reduce hunger and cravings. Other great options include protein shakes, raw veggie sticks like celery, peppers and carrots or brown rice crackers with hummus. When you have these healthy foods on hand, you will be less likely to stop at a local fast-food restaurant, and less likely to eat a large meal when you get home.
When I’m on the go and looking for something quickand satisfying,whole food bars are one of my favorite go-to snacks after class. They are a great source of protein, fiber and healthy fats, not to mention delicious! I recently made organic star bars for my students after a Sunday morning Power class and they were a huge hit…almost everyone asked for the recipe, so here it is…Enjoy!
Organic STAR BARS
- 1 cup organic almond butter
- 1 cup raw unpasturized honey
- 1 cup carob powder
- 1 cup organic sunflower seeds
- 1 cup organic sesame seeds
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- ½ cup raisins
Melt almond butter and honey in medium saucepan on med-low heat. Add carob powder and mix thoroughly. Add all remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Press mixture into an 8×8 pan (no greasing required) and chill in fridge for 2 hours before cutting into squares.
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Adrienne Kelly-Durys is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, 500Hr RYT and lover of feeling good in mind and body. She teaches Yoga and wellness classes at Balanced Life Yoga and specializes in detoxing and nourishment. Classes include Power Hour Yoga, Core Yoga and Strength Therapy, Power Hour +Bonus and Holistic Nutritional Consulting.