Eating the right foods is essential when hot yoga is a part of your fitness and health regime. Yoga helps to strengthen, lengthen and open — but it will all be fruitless if you don’t have the right ‘building blocks’ for your body (aka: healthy foods!). We’ve decided to do a ‘Yoga Food Focus’ segment on our blog posts, zoning in on different healthy foods and letting you know why they’re good to team with your yoga practice! We’ll even include a free recipe so that you can start incorporating each food to your diet in a healthy way.
Let’s start with Avocados — everyone’s favourite health buddy. Not only are Avocados creamy and delicious, they’re also good for your wellbeing and your yoga practice. So the next time you turn an ordinary salad into an AWESOME salad (by adding avocado) remember these healthy facts:
- Avocados are high in potassium and magnesium, making them alkalising for the body.
- They are full of antioxidants, helping to keep your major organs healthy.
- They help to rejuvenate the skin and hair after a heavy hot yoga sweat sesh.
- They are full of so-called ‘good fats’ that you should NOT be afraid of. These types of fat work FOR and WITH the body, rather than against it. They provide long-lasting energy and keep you feeling full.
- They are highly satisfying and can reduce food cravings.
- They are high in fibre, so your digestion-stimulating yoga poses are given some extra help!
- They are an anti-inflammatory.
- They make everything taste delicious! (Most importantly!)
“When we are working with clients during our 21 day detox guide, we often find that people are avoiding fats, including the good fats. This can be harmful because fat-free ‘health items’ are usually loaded up with sugar to replace the fat. Good fats (like avocados, olive oil, nuts etc) help the body to function and are easily burned off as energy. So eat more (good) fat!”
As promised, here’s a quick and easy way to get more avocado goodness into your diet. This recipe can be used to replace store-bought mayonnaise and salad dressings that are often loaded with sugar and nastie preservatives.
- 1 ripe avocado
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon ceyanne pepper
- ½ cup olive oil
Put all the ingredients apart from the olive oil into a blender and blend for 20 seconds, until smooth.
Continue to pulse the mixture, pausing to add small amounts of olive oil gradually. Do this until all the olive oil is combined and the mixture is not only smooth, but slightly ‘fluffy’ like a mousse.
Spoon into a jar and keep in the fridge for up to 2 days. Best used on salads, in sandwiches or wraps or just as a dip with chopped veggies — our favourite 😉
Stay tuned for our next yoga food focus on the PPHY blog!
Mike, Suz & The PPHY Team 🙂