A full yoga session can be intense. Your body needs to fuel up before and after your yoga workout so that you can maintain proper energy throughout the day. Smoothies are a quick and easy way to give your body nutrients and energy before and after your workout. Below is our recipe for a tasty, vegan, feel-good smoothie that uses coconut milk to give it that creamy taste, without the dairy. We recommend drinking half of this smoothie (approx. 16 oz.) at least this 45 minutes prior to yoga and then drinking the rest after your session. We prepared this in a standard 1 quart (32 oz.) mason jar using a personal blender, feel free to adjust the proportions to taste.
1 Cup of Fresh Blackberries
1 Cup of Fresh Strawberries
1 Cup of Fresh Blueberries and Raspberries
2 Tablespoons of Organic Coconut Oil
1 Tablespoon of Agave Sweetner or Honey
1 Half of an Avocado
2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds
1/2 Can of Organic Coconut Milk
1 Scoop of your favorite protein powder or supplement (optional)
1 cup of ice (or however much room you have left in your mason jar, top it off with ice but leave room for the blender to blend.)
Berries: We recommend using organic, locally farmed fruit whenever possible but understand it’s not always available. Your grocer my carry frozen organic fruits, which are also suitable if they have been flash frozen immediately after picking. If you are using frozen fruit you can cut down on ice needed in this recipe. You can adjust the ratio of berries as desired.
Avocado Prep Tips: Cut the avocado in half, leaving the pit and stem in the remaining half. Immediately store the unsued half with the pit and stem intact in an airtight bag or container. Rubbing lemon or lime juice over the exposed flesh will help prevent this from turning brown so that you can use the other half the next day.
Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are a great source of fiber. They deliver a lot of nutrients without a lot of calories. We recommend organically grown seeds, which most of them are. These are also naturally gluten free. Their popularity means more and more grocers are carrying them. Publix has them near the produce section in dispensers alongside their other nuts. If you don’t have Chia seeds, you can also use flax seeds or just add more of your favorite protein powder.
Coconut Milk: If you don’t have organic coconut milk, you can use plain greek yogurt, milk, fruit juice or water. We recommend coconut milk due to its nutritional benefits. Thai Kitchen has a great organic coconut milk found in the ethnic food aisles of most grocers. Also, coconut milk is non-dairy and most people have a slight to moderate lactose intolerance. If you have any lactose intolerance, dairy is not something you’ll want to be digesting while in the yoga room so skip the yogurt or milk altogether. Our next choice is to use a fruit juice to help this blend. It won’t be as creamy and the taste will be more tart, depending on the juice you use. We do not recommend orange or grapefruit juice for this recipe. Apple, cranberry and grape juices are great as long as they do not have any added sugars. It’s important to have at least half a cup of liquid, even if you end up using water, to make this blend well.
Protein Powder: While you don’t have to add a protein powder or supplement, it will help give you more energy. If you’re already taking daily supplements, this is an easy way to sneak them into a great tasting smoothie. If you don’t have anything on hand, the fruits and chia seeds will give you plenty of great nutrients.
Add all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor. We used a 2-in-1 personal blender that will attach to a mason jar, so it’s one less thing to wash later. Blend your smoothie to your desired thickness and taste it. Adjust ingredients as needed (Add more honey or agave to adjust to your desired sweetness. Need more flavor? Add more berries. Too tart? Give it more ice or coconut milk).
Drink half of your smoothie immediately and store the rest in your refrigerator for after your yoga or workout session. Be sure to drink the remaining half within a day.