Not sure what to eat before or after yoga? Check out these tips from alignyo fave Latham Thomas.
Fueling up for yoga is a fine balance, pun intended. We’re not sure what’s worse – feeling light-headed on the mat because we didn’t eat enough or doing inversions on a full stomach. So that’s why we asked nutrition whiz and holistic health counselor Latham Thomas for some practical tips on how to choose foods that will energize you before your practice and ready your body for repair after savasana.
Eat like this before and after your next yoga practice. Did you notice a difference?
Carbohydrates are the fuel of choice for workouts, so your body requires pre-yoga carbs to power your practice. You’ll want to fill up on complex carbohydrates. Pass the pasta, please: There are many ways to get your noodle on, but it’s not the only game in town. Quinoa, brown rice or bulger will also do the trick. Quinoa actually performs double duty – it provides a kick of carbs and protein.
You want a snack that will keep your energy level up, but you also need to choose foods that digest quickly. Fruit is your friend: Apples, pears, blueberries and bananas are at the top of our list. The natural sugar in fruit will keep your blood sugar elevated. You’ll feel satisfied, but not stuffed.
Once your practice is over, your body will immediately begin to use protein for strengthening tissue and repair. Your quick fix: Once you’ve rolled up your mat, reach for a protein bar. One of Latham’s faves: Lara bars. With only two key ingredients (fruit and nuts), these bars are 100% raw and gluten-free – they also come in creative flavors like chocolate chip cherry torte and pecan pie.
You’ll want to eat foods that continue to help you quickly replace the energy you lost while practicing. You’ll also want to reach for water – be sure to hydrate yourself after class. Time to chow: Dine on a lean protein from a vegetable source and complex carbs. Tempeh, tofu, beans, quinoa, fish or egg whites paired with any combination of broccoli, sweet potato or kale will give your body – and your belly – exactly what it needs.