Ask the Expert: Breakfast Ideas Before Morning Yoga

Our expert weighs in on feeling queezy in a.m. yoga class, and what you can eat beforehand to stop tummy troubles.

Answers to your questions about health, nutrition, anatomy, and more.

I know that I should eat before my 10 a.m. yoga class, but when I do, I often become nauseous in class. What should I eat?

What you eat depends on how much time you have between breakfast and your class. If you eat one to two hours before a vinyasa class, have a small meal containing slow-digesting complex carbohydrates, for lasting energy, and protein and healthy fats, to keep you satiated. Try 1/4 cup cooked oats sprinkled with walnuts and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt. But if you are eating only 15 minutes before class starts, opt for a snack with easily digestible natural sugars and only a touch of fat and protein, which are heavier to digest and can lead to an upset stomach. Prepare a simple smoothie containing 1 date, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, and a dash of cinnamon.

—Jennifer Vagios, RD Yoga teacher and nutritionist

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