Breakfast for Practice | Banana, Maca and Almond Milk Smoothie

Breakfast Smoothie Recipe | Banana, Maca and Almond Milk Smoothie There is so much conflicting information out there in terms of what is right and wrong when it comes to practicing yoga.  And I’m not just talking about philosophy or alignment.  No, I’m talking about something far more basic and that’s food.  I was always advised that when it comes to yoga or meditation, an empty stomach is key.  No drowsiness as your digestive system gets to work on breaking down your food into macro nutrients, no strange digestive noises to focus on whilst you’re emptying your mind, no heavy feeling during Downward Facing Dog and certainly nothing to bring back up again whilst connecting to Uddiyana Bandha. Plus, with 5.40 am starts and my delicate little stomach not being able to abide a piece of toast so early, it just seemed easier to skip breakfast altogether before practice.  That was, until one rather intensive practice reduced me to lying on my back with my legs up the wall, a faint pulse, an extremely pale face and the teacher saying “Make sure that you eat a banana before starting practice tomorrow.  You can’t afford not to, especially since you have such low blood pressure”.  Yes, I forgot to mention the low blood pressure along with the almost unbearable pangs of hunger.  I know, I know… So I am now humbled and I’ve learnt my lesson.  Breakfast is to be taken every morning without fail.   However, since I still can’t stomach (no pun intended) anything completely solid in the morning, I’ve dusted off my blender and am enjoying a smoothie each day – a recipe that I’ll now share with you.   Nothing is set in stone here, so mix up the quantities, add or take away some of the ingredients, but above all enjoy it! Banana, Maca and Almond Milk Smoothie. 1)            A handful of frozen bananas 2)            150ml freshly made almond milk 3)            I tablespoon of Maca ( you can buy this online or from any health shop) 4)            1 Tablespoon of coconut oil 5)            1 Tablespoon of flaxseed oil 6)            I like to add a pinch of pink Himalayan salt to take the edge off the sweetness. This smoothie is a delicious, 100% vegan way to get a huge amount of energy in one glass. Bananas are famous for their potassium content, which we need to keep the heart, brain, kidney and muscle tissues in good condition.  It works together with sodium, which is why I like to add the pinch of salt. Maca and coconut oil are amazing superfoods, and together they are packed full of vitamins C, B6, B12, potassium, calcium, zinc, phosphorous.  The flaxseed oil is a great source of Omega 3 - the essential fatty acid vital to nourishing the brain.  We can’t make it ourselves, so it’s essential to get it from a good food source.  And last but certainly not least, the almond milk provides a brilliant source of Vitamin E – great for glowing skin, essential fatty acids (EFA’s), and a range of B vitamins that contribute to muscle growth and healing – a must for providing extra nourishment when we're exercising so intensely every day. This makes enough for 2 tall glasses.  I take in the morning and it keeps me going until lunchtime without a single hunger pang.  Best of all, I’m getting a powerhouse of nutrition to start my day.  Sometimes it’s good to learn things the hard way:) FT