What to Eat Before and After Yoga

Like any form of exercise, nutrition is important for yoga.  Heidi Kristoffer points out that yoga involves a lot of twisting and detoxing, so it’s important not to have a full stomach before your practice.  After yoga, nutrition involves replenishing your body and setting yourself up for a healthy day.

Before Yoga

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Juice

Robert Nguyen recommends juice if you need to get something in your body before doing yoga.  Juice is a good option because it’s easy to digest, so you won’t feel heavy during your yoga practice.

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Fruit

Fruit, like a banana, is another of Robert’s suggestions for what to eat before yoga.  Fruit is a good choice because it’s light but contains fiber so you’re not left feeling hungry.

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Nuts

Heidi says she likes nuts before a yoga workout. Nuts are a great option because they contain protein to help keep you feeling satisfied.

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Coconut Water

Heidi loves drinking coconut water before yoga.  Coconut water is a great source of electrolytes and potassium  to help ensure you’re hydrated.

After Yoga

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Kale Salad

To keep things healthy, Heidi suggests eating a kale salad after yoga.  She likes adding avocado, lemon, nuts, seeds and papaya to her salad.

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Soup

Soup is a great option for a post-yoga meal because it’s convenient and easy to digest.  Choose a soup that’s high in protein and has lots of vegetables so your body is getting the nutrients it needs.

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Protein Shake

If you don’t feel like eating after your yoga practice, try a protein shake.  It’s a great way to get your muscles the protein they need to recover without eating a full meal.

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Apple and Nut Butter

For a post-yoga snack, try an apple dipped in nut butter.  The combination of the apple and nut butter contains the carbohydrates and protein your body needs after practicing yoga.

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