Yoga Smoothie

Yoga is known for helping people feel relaxed, calm, and healthier. The mind, body and soul can be positively impacted by consistently attending a yoga class. A yoga session does not last all day however. What is a great way for someone to continue being tranquil and healthy after yoga class? Recently stretched out and exercised muscles go great with a smoothie. There are so many smoothie recipes that can provide people with various benefits. I have researched some of the best smoothies for a post yoga workout. Black Forest Smoothie If your yoga workout was intense and your muscles become sore, you may want to try the Black Forest Smoothie. The secret ingredient for this smoothie is naturally occurring magnesium. Magnesium is muscle relaxant. It helps with aching and cramps. The raw cacao, found in the recipe, provides the smoothie with this impactful magnesium. Almonds and pecans are high in magnesium as well (1). Here are the ingredients you will need for the muscle soothing recipe: smoothie 1 1 banana, cut into pieces 1 cup of ice 1 cup of almond milk 1 cup frozen dark cherries 1 handful raw almonds, soaked overnight 2 tablespoons raw cacao (can find at Vitamin Shoppe or Whole Foods) pinch of salt 1/4 teaspoon almond extract honey to taste Anti-Stress Avocado Smoothie As stated before, yoga is great for relieving stress. When you get home and life tries its hardest to stress you out once again, never fear. Grab your blender and whip up a smoothie that can reduce blood pressure, help your digestive system, and calm your stresses. This great smoothie is jammed packed with potassium and vitamin B (2). Here are the ingredients: avocado smoothie 8 leaves of fresh mint 2-1/4 slices of avocado 1/2 cup fresh, roughly chopped fennel 1/2 can crushed pineapple (in juice, not syrup) 1 cup of ice Anxiety Relief Peach Mango Smoothie We all endure high pressure moments throughout life. Some people have careers that are centered on high pressure situations. Anxiety about what the consequences or results will be can cause unsettling feelings and thoughts to arise within us. Yoga is a great way to learn how to regain control over our anxiety. This smoothie full of peaches and mangos can help us out too. Peaches calm anxiety and help one have a good night’s sleep. Mangos are great for conquering panic attacks and worrisome thoughts. When the peach and mango combine, a natural increase in serotonin manifests (3). Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that affects our happiness and other moods. If you want to feel less anxiety and all around happier try these ingredients in your next smoothie: Peach-Mango-Smoothies-11 1 cup diced peaches 1 cup diced mango 1 cup orange or pineapple juice 1 cup of ice Be sure to experiment with all the above ingredients. You may come up with a new healthy, relaxing, and calming smoothie. Enjoy! References http://minneapolisrunning.com/how-to-soothe-sore-muscles-with-a-magnesium-smoothie/ http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/1074408/stress-busting-smoothies http://www.healthyfoodstyle.com/incredibly-tasty-smoothie-for-anxiety-relief-2/ By Tiffany Washington

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