5 Steps to Make Delicious Pre-Yoga Breakfast Smoothies
As yogis, many of us crave that “buzz” a morning yoga practice provides. Sometimes a final Savasana at 9 am (or earlier!) is all you need to feel amazing for the remainder of the day.
A morning yoga practice can bring peace of mind and encouraging positivity for whatever life throws our way.
It is advised to eat lightly, if at all, before a yoga class. But if you are anything like me, an invigorating Vinyasa flow requires breakfast beforehand. Just be sure to eat something that will give you sustained energy, but won’t weigh you down.
Breakfast smoothies are always a great idea but most people don’t have any smoothie ideas! Don’t be intimidated by the illustrious smoothie . . . they’re much easier to prepare than you may think.
5 Steps to Make Your Pre-Yoga Breakfast Smoothies
Here are five simple steps to make light and energizing smoothies to fuel your morning yoga practice:
1. Choose your base
The liquid base is what allows for perfect blending. Milk alternatives are tasty and great for a creamier smoothie (think almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk).
Coconut water is great to hydrate before a kickass Hot Yoga class. And there’s always filtered water if none of these are in the fridge.
2. Add 2 to 3 fruits or veggies
Time to stray from the classic strawberry banana recipe!
To get a healthy dose of greens, add spinach, cucumber, celery, kale, collard greens, or romaine. All add amazing green color and nutrients. Carrots and beets are another yummy, nutritious veggie option to keep in mind.
Keep frozen bananas handy to thicken the smoothie and keep you fuller longer. Blackberries, pineapple, kiwi, mango, peaches, and papaya add sweetness and vitamins. Buy seasonally for the most flavorful fresh fruits.
If you’re new to green smoothies and need it a tad sweeter, add a teaspoon of agave nectar or raw honey.
Love green smoothies but not sure what to make? Try this Hunger-Balancing Lean, Green, Vanilla Bean Smoothie Recipe
3. Pick your protein
For a class full of strengthening poses, you’ll need a protein kick. And you’ll be thanking yourself for those pre-yoga breakfast smoothies when you’re doing your fifth sun salutation flow.
Plant-based proteins are best. There are options such as chia seed, hemp seed, plant protein powder, natural nut butters, or organic rolled oats. These healthy proteins are ideal because they fit with almost all dietary plans and restrictions.
4. Boost with superfoods
When it comes to your selection of superfoods, the sky is the limit. Take one trip to any natural food store and you can find all of the superfoods on the market.
Acai powder is an antioxidant powerhouse, and so is goji berry powder. Maca powder is energizing. Raw cacao powder adds chocolate flavor, fiber, and a burst of lasting energy. There’s also ground flaxseed, chia seed, or matcha green tea powder.
Spices like ginger and turmeric add an anti-inflammatory kick. Spirulina is a blue-green algae with countless benefits and is the perfect green substitution if you went with all fruit ingredients. There’s also the option to add a healthy fat to keep you full and sustained, like avocado or coconut oil.
Don’t know how to prep acai? Kickstart Your Day With this Simple Acai Breakfast Smoothie (Recipe Video)
5. Top it off!
Are you a morning yogi that has time for a breakfast with utensils rather than a straw? Try breakfast smoothies in a bowl!
Pour your delicious breakfast smoothies in a large bowl and top with unsweetened coconut flakes, granola, cacao nibs, nuts, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, pomegranate seeds, or dried mulberries. You’ll get a diverse range of textures – who doesn’t love a little crunch? – plus an added dose of nutrients and flavor that your body and taste buds will thank you for!
Running late? Throw these quick, easy, and super-nutritious pre-yoga breakfast smoothies into a to go cup as you run out the door to catch that morning class.
Use These Breakfast Smoothies to Boost Your Practice and Nutrition
As you begin whipping up these delicious, nutritious pre-yoga breakfast smoothies, explore and discover your favorite combinations that will become the familiar Down Dog and Child’s Pose of your smoothie routine.
Listen to the needs of your body. Remember that your body is created to feel amazing. Be kind and give it the nutrition it needs for a fulfilling and empowered yoga practice.
Have any additional delicious and healthy pre-yoga breakfast smoothie recipes you’d like to share? Share in the comments below!
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