After having raced on sand yesterday, my hubby and I decided we could benefit from some yoga. We headed out to our local Bikram Yoga center.
Bikram yoga is a series of 26 poses and 2 breathing exercises practiced in a room kept at 105 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat gives the yoga a cardio component and the practice isn’t as associated with as much philosophy as other types of yoga I’ve tried. My hubby enjoys it enough, at least more than he would a meditation based yoga. He feels like he gets a workout from it. I agree.
Today’s class was incredibly hot. I soaked through my clothes with sweat. Early in the practice I noticed that my hands were pruned from the moisture. I actually felt tired and skipped a couple postures because I felt a little dizzy. But I enjoyed it anyways. Ok, I didn’t enjoy it while I was doing it, but I love that I did it now.
So I was going to share a soup I made for lunch with you all tonight, but I was so thirsty when I came home that I decided to share a new smoothie that I came up with. I’ve been struggling a little with smoothies since figuring out that I’m probably allergic to bananas (haven’t had ichy throat problems since I started avoiding them). Bananas were a filler, they added nutrition and texture. How to replace them?
So I used soaked cashews instead. It lends an interesting texture to the smoothie, but the cashews really have to be soaked and tenderized. By the way this is a veganized version of a smoothie I’ve been making forever.
Chocolate Hazelnut Raspberry Smoothie
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Keywords: blender beverage vegan coconut milk cashews raspberries
Ingredients (1 smoothie)
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least one hour
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla milk
- 2 tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread (Chocolate Covered Katie has a Vegan Version)
Soak cashews in water for at least an hour. Drain water.
Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Adjust liquid as necessary for personal taste.
So a smoothie was a great post-yoga pre-dinner. I wanted to share with you what I eat on a basic basis. As food bloggers we don’t always eat exciting complicated foods. At least I don’t. But I also wanted to show how easy it is to make a vegan meal.
Have you ever tried hot yoga? What did you think of it?