A healthy diet provides you with energy and right concentration to deepen your practice. Here is a list of great foods we, at Nirbana Sri Lanka would recommend to all yogis.
At our Surf and Yoga Retreat in Ahangama Sri Lanka, we provide guests with the opportunity to learn about wholesome yet delectable meal options. But, the below list of nutritious food choices can be part of your regular diet, even after you go home.
Dark leafy greens are full of fiber, vitamins and calcium. Try kale salad or arugula with a healthy honey-mustard dressing made with geek yoghurt instead of mayonnaise. You could also add leafy greens to your morning smoothie or try sautéed greens as a side dish.
Eat Plenty of Fresh Fruits
During your holiday in Sri Lanka, you’ll have access to plenty of luscious, juicy tropical fruit. That would be the perfect opportunity to begin your switch from high sugar snacks to fresh fruits whenever hunger pangs attack. Unlike refined sugar, natural sugar content in fresh fruit will let you sustain energy.
Quinoa Salad Anyone?
An ideal alternative to starchy grains, quinoa is a protein rich grain. You can get your daily dose of calcium and magnesium, dietary fibers as well as useful levels of vitamins B and E from this superfood. Try crunchy quinoa cereal for breakfast or sprinkle some on your salad for lunch.
Eat Raw Cacao
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Its main ingredient, cacao is packed with disease fighting antioxidants. Eating raw cacao will help you improve your cardiovascular health. What’s more, magnesium content in cacao boosts your emotional health.
Porridge for Breakfast
Have a bowl of warm porridge with a sprinkle of cinnamon to start the day with a fiber rich meal. Porridge can help you lower your cholesterol level. Porridge burns slowly, giving you sustained energy for your practice.
Spread Some Nut Butter
Some like peanut butter while some prefer almond butter. Both are great sources of protein and healthy fats. Spread some nut butter on your breakfast toast or snack.
Enjoy Many-Hued Berries
Vibrant berries are full of antioxidants. They are packed with natural sugar that can help you get through strenuous yoga sessions without collapsing. Add berries to your smoothie to keep hunger at bay.
Look Young with Lentils
Lentils are sometimes called the fountain of youth for their anti-aging benefits. Try a lentil casserole or a warming Indian lentil curry to stay energized for your next yoga session.
Go Vegan with Tofu
If you are slowly shifting to a vegetarian or vegan diet, tofu can supplement you with necessary protein. It is also full of 9 amino acids that your body cannot produce on its own. Try some pan fried sesame garlic tofu for dinner.
Drink Lemon Water
Begin your day with warm water and lemon to help your digestive system kick start in a healthy manner. Lemon water also helps the body to alkalize to control the spread of diseases.