5 Simple, Smart Post-Yoga Snacks
Raise your hand if you've ever suffered from yoga brain! Sometimes after a rigorous practice I’m so loopy that I can’t even remember my own name, let alone put together a complicated snack. On those days that the endorphins have got me a little out of it, I rely on my go-to, healthy post-practice snacks that I know my body needs & that I can put together without even thinking.
Here are 5 super simple snacks that will help to repair your muscles, hydrate your cells & reenergize your spirit:
Apples & Almond Butter
These two are a match made in heaven! Whether you're looking for a boost of energy or you're just an almond butter addict (guilty!), this combo is loaded with protein that will help you build lean muscle. Apples are a smart post-workout snack because they're low in calories, high in nutritive value & high in healthy carbohydrates. Your body uses carbohydrates as fuel, so eating an apple will provide you with the energy to bounce back after a tough flow!
Mint & Watermelon
Watermelon is 90% water! This makes the refreshing fruit a great choice to re-hydrate your cells after your practice. Watermelon also contains important electrolytes essential for nerve function & heart health that get depleted when you sweat!
Avocados are incredibly high in potassium, which helps to prevent muscle cramping post-workout. They are also high in monounsaturated fat (the good kind of fat!) that will help heal your aching muscles & joints! Avocados are ALSO a good source of B vitamins, which help your body to metabolize healthy carbohydrates & proteins & also help your body to fight off disease & infection!
Veggies & Hummus
You might think raw veggies are an adequate post-flow option, but on their own, they’re just not substantial enough to restore all of the energy you've spent. Try pairing them with hummus - not only is it a delicious combination, but chickpeas are also a high source of natural protein!
Yogurt, Fruit & Granola
This snack might be the least simple on this list, but it's also one of the tastiest! Combining plain yogurt with fresh fruit gives you a snack that is rich in high-quality carbohydrates & protein, but without the non-nutritious added sugar found in sweetened yogurts. Pro-tip: Add cinnamon if you're worried about the plain yogurt tasting too... plain! Cinnamon also speeds up your metabolism & helps to lower LDL (the bad kind!) cholesterol. Throw some granola on top for additional healthy carbs & you've got yourself a post-yoga treat!
If you don’t provide your body with the right nutrition after your practice, it’s going to take your muscles longer to recover - so take care of yourself by snacking smartly (& simply) with any one of these healthy options!
Have another super simple favorite not listed here? Share it in the comments below!