I enjoy starting my day with a short meditation followed by a series of sun salutations and other yoga postures. Getting up early to do this is very peaceful, yet it jump-starts my body for the day better than a cup of coffee.
After my yoga practice, I enjoy an antioxidant and electrolyte rich, cool, refreshing smoothie rather than a big breakfast. I will eat breakfast a bit later in the morning. This refreshing post-yoga smoothie is perfect for replenishing electrolytes lost during a workout. It is very low in calories but does give you just enough protein, high-quality fat, and fiber to fill you up and get your metabolism working and your energy up. You won’t miss any added sugar.
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Blueberries are filled with the antioxidants that we need to fight disease and help us to age well.
Cucumbers are cool and crisp. They are a great source of the vitamin K that we need for healthy and strong bones, making them a good nutritional support for a yoga practice.
Bananas and coconut water replenish the electrolytes and minerals lost during exercise, such as potassium.
Pumpkin seeds add texture and fiber. They are a great source of vitamin E. They also have cleansing properties. Raw pumpkin seeds are known to eliminate parasites in the gastrointestinal tract.
Recipe for Post-yoga Fruit and Seed Smoothie
This recipe is for one serving. It is light in calories and has no added sugar. If you want it sweeter, add 1 tsp of raw honey. But, I don’t think you will need it.
- 1/4 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
- 1/4 cup cucumber, diced (seedless is best)
- 1/2 ripe banana
- 1 TBS raw pumpkin seeds
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 1/2 cup cold coconut water (unsweetened)
- A handful of almond
- If your cucumber is organic leave the skin on for more fiber and nutrients. Place all ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth.