With so much motion, twisting, and turning in yoga, there’s nothing like a pre-workout smoothie to power up your practice. Helping in paving the way for good health and enjoyment, fueling with the perfect smoothie can make the difference between feeling like you’ve had a great workout or feeling like a heavyweight in your gut.
Smoothies are also great for the sustained energy needed in your poses. Let’s explore how to make the perfect pre-yoga smoothie.
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1) Select the Perfect Smoothie Base
The liquid base is what allows for the perfect blending of ingredients. It’s the foundation of any great smoothie. Popular options include milk and non-dairy milk such as soy milk, tea, fruit juice, or even water. If you’re getting adequate protein from another ingredient, coconut water or almond milk can be lighter choices to hydrate. A splash of juice is also a great way to add some sweetness to your smoothie, but be mindful of other sweeteners in your drink. The base you select can enhance the nutritional value, flavor, and even texture of your smoothie.
2) Stick To 3-4 Ingredients.
Smoothies are easy to make, easy to digest, and easy to travel with. The problem is that it’s also quite easy to go a little heavy-handed with the number of ingredients. Keep it simple. Less is more with your smoothie as it can be tough on your stomach to process all of those ingredients especially if you’re going to be practicing vigorous yoga later on. The trick is to stick with 3-4 ingredients in your smoothies and make them count.
An easy formula can be leafy greens, carbohydrates (such as fruit), proteins (chia seed, hemp seed, organic rolled oats), and your liquid base of choice. Through blending, the ingredients become easier for the body to digest; however, some ingredients like rolled oats, nuts, or frozen fruit may take a while to blend in and the sound of a noisy blender pre-workout is hardly soothing. You want the delicious smoothie before your practice without the noise. Fortunately, having a quiet blender allows you to make your smoothies without disrupting your peaceful smoothie-making before starting yoga.
3) Boost Your Smoothie With Superfoods
Packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants for minimal calories, superfoods are terrific in boosting your smoothies. Some spices like ginger and turmeric are anti-inflammatory and may help prevent muscle soreness. Acai berries, blueberries, and goji berries are full of antioxidants that supply healthy fats and fiber. Studies have also been shown that these berries may decrease the risk of a heart attack.
Aside from chocolate flavor and fiber, raw cacao powder may help in reducing tiredness and fatigue to improving heart health, cognitive function, and regulating blood pressure. Other superfoods that can be added to your smoothie are ground flaxseed, chia seed, green matcha powder, kale, and other leafy greens. Overall, these superfoods promote health and complement your yoga practice.
Let’s Wrap Up
Smoothies are convenient because they don’t take a lot of time to make. You simply put the ingredients in a blender and two minutes later, you have something drinkable and portable for when you’re on the go. Done right, these smoothies packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and health-promoting antioxidants can make a big difference to your workout as well as after your workout.