5 Avocado Whole Grain Sandwich
If you are ready for lunch post yoga, an avocado sandwich is a nutritious, hearty and well-combined meal that won’t leave you feeling too heavy, but comfortably satisfied. Filled with healthy fat, some alkaline vegetables and whole grains, this is an excellent meal for anyone, regardless of previous exercise. It is also detox friendly, as it moves out of the stomach within 3 hours, as opposed to a chicken or beef sandwich, which would take up to 8 hours to sludge through.
4 Green Smoothie
Green smoothies are very simple to make. Simply blend 1/2 a banana, a handful or more of a berry or fruit of choice, a handful or more of greens of choice (I particularly enjoy spinach, kale and lettuce), some almond milk and stevia to sweeten. This makes for an excellent cleansing smoothie that is easy to digest, tasty, and hearty. Add superfoods of your choice for added nutrition and a plant-based protein powder for those with additional protein requirements.
Fruit are an excellent addition to one’s diet in general, and if consumed on an empty stomach after exercise, including yoga, they are particularly cleansing and nutrifying. I would suggest fruit after a mellow yoga class or if you are on a detox program or simply trying to cleanse a bit. Experiment with fruits! Try berries, bananas, apples, oranges, passionfruit, pineapple, papaya, grapefruit, cherries, or whatever is in season in your region!
2 Coconut Water
Coconut water is an excellent electrolyte-rich beverage that makes it ideal for a post-active-yoga beverage, such as Ashtanga, Bikram, a level 2 or higher class, or simply any yoga class that has you sweating. If possible, make your own coconut water by cutting open a young Thai coconut and pouring the contents out into a glass container, keeping the meat for blending into a smoothie, raw pudding or raw cheesecake. If you don’t have much time for doing this however, buying it in a carton or bottle is fine – just make sure it’s not made from concentrate.
1 Fresh, Raw Juice
Fresh, Raw Juices are liquid energy, providing immediate nutrition to the body. The vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytonutrients, and plant water are as bioavailable as is possible after a yoga class, as through yoga you have utilized all of the muscles in the body, allowing them to be ready to receive nutrients. Fresh raw juice can be made at home, at most health food stores, or as a delivery service (check your city for juiceries).
Keeping a yoga practice consistent and active is optimal of course, and we do need to work with our body’s changing needs. If you are not very hungry even after an intense practice, go with the juice, coconut water or fruit. If you’re ravenous after a slow and easy class, then have an avocado sandwich. These are all detox-friendly with varying degrees of heartiness, so feel free to choose the one that feels best to you.