If you’re a practicing yogi, or even if you just like to do a few asanas in the morning, there’s no doubt that breakfast is hugely important. Breakfast is the first meal of the day, during which we prime our metabolism and introduce healthy foods (hopefully!) into our body after an extended period of eating nothing.
This article will describe some of the best ideas for developing a healthy yoga breakfast.
Yogic Healthy Breakfast
The most basic tip from Ayurveda would be to eat for your dosha, or your particular body type. Here are a few basic tips that you could integrate into your breakfast plan.
Vata. The vata dosha is light and airy, and finds balance by eating warming, heavy foods such as ghee, cinnamon, and hot cereal.
Kapha. The kapha dosha is heavy and slow, and generally benefits from foods that are light and fiery. This could include chili peppers, fresh fruits, and lightly cooked vegetables.
Pitta. The pitta dosha is hot and fiery, and does best with cooling foods and spices such as cardamom, bitter foods, and fresh vegetables.
Now that you know a bit more about your dosha, you could use this knowledge to add spices or foods to the following to enhance the benefits of your breakfast.
What is the first thing to eat before workout ? Yoga breakfast
Eating something very light an hour before class works out well for most people, but your body may vary.
If you’re hungry and running to a class straight from work or are on a tight schedule, eating a few quick mouthfuls of a little protein or light carbohydrates is better than eating nothing and not having the energy to get through the class.
Afterward, it is fine to eat whatever you’d like. However, after paying attention to your body in class, you may feel like keeping it light and healthy. Yoga tends to inspire people to take better care of themselves and eat healthier, also it can you help you reduce your body fat.
Create your ultimate yogi diet
Homemade food is so much more than just food. It nourishes your soul and warms your heart and those who you share it with.
The Go-To YOGI Breakfast with Oats & Carrots
Mix 1/2 cup of Oats + 1/2 medium carrot, 1/3 of a medium courgettes, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1 heaped teaspoon of grounded flax seeds, 1 tbs chia seeds, i tbs of your favourite nut butter, 2-3 walnuts, raisins, dried apricots, chia jam or frozen berries.
Optional add 1/2 tsp Mala powder, 1/2 tsp of Lucuma powder.
What each ingredients gives you
Grounded Flax Seeds – Omega 3 acids to make your muscles strong and flexible.
Maca and Lucuma powder – Calcium and a beautiful caramel taste
Nuts and nut butter – Boost your muscles recovery and bringing in proteins and fats. Oil your joints. Nut butter is easier to digest too.
Chia seeds – Fats and proteins
Ginger – Wake up effect
Raisins – These little loves are known for their anti inflammatory benefits and can help you to fight off hay fever and colds.
Pinhead Course Oatmeal Brekkie Bowl
To save time pre-soak oats the night before. It takes 20 minutes to cook from dry and 10 minutes to cook from pre soaked.
Are you working towards mindful eating? Then this recipe is for you. The oats are creamy and chewy at the same time so offers your mind and body more time to process and enjoy every spoonful. And if you are the one who feels hungry after a regular oatmeal, this bowl will make you feel full and nourished.
- Add 40g of Oats
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp pumpkin or mixed spice
- 2 chopped plums
- 100ml of water
- 1/2 tsp brown sugar or natural sweeter
- pinch of pink himalayan salt
- Bring all the ingredients to a boil and leave o a medium heat. Stir occasionally as it might stick to the bottom.
- Leave for 5-7 minters if you pre soaked oats or 15 minutes if you’re cooking from dry.
- While our oats are doing their job! Let’s prepare the toppings for every super food bowl taste.
Seed bowl: Mix pumpkin, sunflower, chia and sesame seeds.
Dried Fruits bowl: add raisins, chopped prunes and dried apricots.
Super food bowl: Maca and Lucuma powder for their powerful antioxidant properties.
Nut bowl: Pecans and walnuts work especially well. But you can add almonds and cashews too.
Back to the oats now! Mix in 1 tsp of grounded flax seeds, throw a handful of raisins and add 30-40ml of plant based milk. I use soy. Mix well and leave on a medium heat for a couple of minutes. Switch off the heat and leave to stay under the lid for another couple of minutes.
Serve with your favorite bowls with the toppings on the side.
Plum Crumble with Spiced Yoghurt
Last homemade breakfast is all about cosy Sunday mornings with your loved one. Or perfect for those days when you want to cook something special but also to save every minute of your precious family time.
Set oven heat to 180C. While its warming up de-stone 6 medium plums. Quarter them and throw into a deep baking pan. Add:
- 1 Tsp mixed spices
- 1/2 Tsp grounded cinnamon
- 1 Tbs sunflower and pumpkin seeds
- Couple of tbs of water
- Tbs maple syrup or another alternative sweetener
- Mix together and add straight into the oven for 10 minutes or until the plums are softish and oh-so-juicy.
Now to make the homemade crumb topping
Throw the following ingredients into a bowl:
- 80-100 gr of oats old fashioned rolled oats are the best for homemade breakfasts.
- 10ml of extra virgin olive oil.
- 2-3 tbs of maple syrup or runny honey or other liquid sweeter
- 1.5 tsp of cinnamon a pinch of pink salt
- 1 tsp of sesame seeds and several tbs of nuts of your choice.
- Mix well
Now top up plums with the crumbs. Put your baking pan on the top shelf of the oven for 5-8 minutes until the crumbs are golden brown.
Spiced Yoghurt Topping
Meanwhile mix a yoghurt of your choice with 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, pinch of pink sea salt, pinch of grounded turmeric, pinch of grounded ginger, pinch of grounded cloves a bit of sweeter (Stevia is Svetla’s recommendation) and a generous handful of raisins.
Serve warm or hot straight from the oven to the table.
What Not to Eat Before Yoga
The deep twists and forward bends you do in yoga are likely to force out burps and farts, so it’s best to steer clear of things that induce gas.
Greasy or fried foods: You’ll want to avoid anything heavy before a yoga workout, so a burger and fries before class is probably a bad idea.
Hard-boiled eggs: While hard-boiled eggs are a convenient and complete protein, many people find they can give them sour burps, especially during yoga.
Garlicky foods: Some people can tolerate garlic-laced foods like hummus before yoga, but garlic burps aren’t pleasant for people around you.
Smoothies: While some people swear by pre-yoga smoothies, others find the excess liquid sloshes around in their stomach uncomfortably. This is particularly true during poses where there is pressure on your abdomen like Locust Pose. It may be better to save the smoothie for an after-class treat.