What to eat after yoga
Last issue we discussed what to eat prior to practicing yoga; here are some tips on what to eat after a good workout.
Refuel 30-60 minutes after class, preferably foods that are quickly absorbed and easily digested. A combination of lean protein and a small amount of carbs are good to help recover and build muscles, while maintaining your metabolism. Some good suggestions might be:
* A smoothie, hard boiled eggs or apples with almond butter
* A salad with fresh veggies and quinoa
* Steamed veggies, brown rice and chicken breast or salmon
* An egg white omelette
* Greek yogurt with fruit and nuts or seeds
* Sweet Potato (not fried)
* Dried fruit and nut bar
You already know it's important to drink a lot of water, especially when practicing yoga. Hydration is extremely important to stay focused and healthy. As a rule of thumb, you should drink half of your body weight in ounces of water. (So a 150 pound person should aim to drink 75 ounces of water a day).
Also keep in mind the time of day you work out. If you practice in the morning, you might need more nourishment to get you through the day. If you attend a class at night, may want to go lighter on the post work out carbs.
You put a lot of time and effort in to your practice, so don't neglect it by what you put in to your body afterward. A balanced practice is a healthy practice!