I try not to eat anything before I take or teach a yoga class so that I’m not doing asanas on a full stomach. My best yoga class happens when I eat very healthy during the day and my stomach is almost empty before class. I usually have a healthy green smoothie before and sometimes after a yoga class; smoothies help me feel nourished and light during class. The best smoothie I make includes a ton of green, a little bit of fruit and lots of vegetables. I did a blog post on my vegan food blog around the winter holidays where I talked about how to avoid overeating and what to do if you do overindulge. I also included the recipe to my “reset” green smoothie. Now that the 4th of July is right around the corner, this is a perfect time to avoid overindulgence, continue eating greens and practicing mindful eating. So, without further delay, here is a great pre and post yoga green smoothie recipe:
Green “reset” smoothie recipe:
A handful of fresh organic spinach
A handful of organic romaine
5-10 slices of an organic cucumber
1 small avocado or 1/2 of a large
Juice from 1 lemon
1 organic pear, chopped
1 organic apple, chopped
1 frozen banana
2 cups of coconut water
Slice up the pear, apple and cucumber into small pieces. Add everything to your blender and blend well; blend for about a minute. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy. Add more water if you had alot of alcohol to help replenish your body. This smoothie fills a pretty big mason jar which was about 6 cups of smoothie so you will have plenty leftover.
Before a yoga class, I suggest drinking 1-2 cups of this and saving the rest for after yoga. Or if you are very hungry, drink the whole smoothie an hour before class so you don’t go into class full. All of these ingredients help flush toxins out of your system, especially if you’ve had too much salt or alcohol, they help hydrate you and the fat in the avocado is the good, healthy fat. Click here for my full blog post about eating healthy during the holidays.