You’re just about to grab your mat and go to Yoga in the Heights for your favorite class when you hear your stomach rumble. Not only do you not have enough time to eat a full meal, but you also don’t want to feel nauseous in forward fold.
What can you eat that will provide just enough energy for your practice and hold you over until your next meal? Here are five flavorful and fuel-filled snacks you can eat on the way to class:
Fresh fruits like apples and bananas: Not only will an apple help curb hunger, but it will also hydrate you! Bananas are high in potassium, which is especially important if you’re about to sweat in a heated yoga class. Bonus: both fruits are easy to eat on the go!
Dried fruits: Check the bulk bin section of your supermarket for deals on dried fruits like cherries, raisins, mangoes, and apricots! Just be sure they don’t have any added sugar, which isn’t necessary for the already-sweet, dehydrated treat. They’ll give you a short-term boost but are still natural too!
Single-serve nut butter packs: If you’re not allergic or sensitive to nuts, consider stocking up on single-serve nut butter squeeze packs. One pack is less messy and more portable than a full jar of nut butter. My current favorite is Justin’s, which is available in mouthwatering flavors like chocolate hazelnut butter and almond maple butter. In addition, companies like Artisana and Barney Butter sell their nut butters in single-serve packs.
Half of an avocado: An avocado half still in its skin functions as a snack and bowl in one. The fats in the avocado help satiate your hunger and keep you feeling full for longer. Pro tip: if you like spiciness, drizzle sriracha or other hot sauce on your avocado!
Bite-sized veggies: Fill a Ziploc bag with baby veggies: baby carrots, grape tomatoes, edamame, mini cucumbers – whatever! The fiber will help you feel full, and the satisfaction of chewing the crunchier veggies will trick you into thinking you have eaten a more substantial meal rather than a snack.
Do you have any tried and true pre-yoga snacks? We’d love to hear your ideas!
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