Yoga is much more than just a type of exercise, rather it is a holistic lifestyle choice. Taking part in yoga means making an active decision to enhance your lifestyle and do positive things for your body and mind. Part of doing this is also ensuring your diet supports the principles of yoga.
A healthy breakfast is the key to the best start possible to the morning, a way to boost your metabolism, and essential for getting the right nutrients into your body at the right time. Without a good breakfast, the day is harder to enjoy and it is more difficult to have a positive mindset.
With the mindfulness of yoga supporting your diet, these are some delicious and nutritious breakfast ideas that support a yoga lifestyle.
Banana and vegan yoghurt
There are just so many reasons that bananas are the best food to eat at any time of day, but especially in the morning. First of all, they contain lots of soluble fibre which digests slowly. This is why bananas keep you feeling fuller for longer. They are also jam packed with protein to give you plenty of energy for your workout. Plus, the binding nature of bananas won’t interrupt the flow of your blood sugar levels, keeping your head clear during your yoga class.
Add some natural, organic, vegan yoghurt to the mix on your on a winner with this breakfast. Yoghurt is perfect because it is full of live cultures that contain the best type of bacteria for your gut. This helps to sustain and support your digestive system while you exercise.
Grain bread and almond or peanut butter
Bread can get a pretty bad wrap in terms of its healthiness, but when you digest bread that is full of grains, there is nothing wrong with it at all. Multigrain bread is full of carbs that you need to kick start your workout. Without carbs, you won’t have the energy you need to really get your body moving for yoga.
For some added fibre and healthy, natural sugar, try some almond butter or peanut butter. Of course, you want the natural type without all the added sugar and nasties. If you can get your hands on raw almond butter or raw peanut butter, this has the perfect amount of protein and fibre, as well as enhancing the glycemic effect of the bread.
A green smoothie
If you prefer to drink, not eat, your breakfast, try downing a green smoothie before a yoga class. Green ingredients help to keep your blood sugar levels well balanced and regulated. Think about using some avocado, chia seeds, or acai puree for some healthy fats. Also, low glycemic fruits such as berries, apple, or even a banana can be added to the greens.
Oatmeal or quinoa and berries
Oatmeal is full of the good stuff, namely soluble fibres. These are full of magnesium which supports energy levels and prevents muscle cramps. Plus, it is a slow release of energy so it keeps you well sustained for the yoga workout. If you’re not a fan of oats, quinoa will certainly due the trick. Add some healthy berries of your choosing to this breakfast and your body will be thanking you all day long.
A healthy fruit or nut bar
Sugarless dried fruit or nut bars are an ideal breakfast snack before a yoga workout. A bar with between 200-300 calories is just the right amount to give you energy and sustenance to enhance your workout. Making your own bars at home is an even better idea to make sure there is no excess sugar or unnecesary ingredients.
Decked in your yoga wear and heading out for your class? Look out for these delicious and nutritious breakfast ideas that support your yoga lifestyle!