My Favorite Yoga Snack Recipes

Snacking is essential for maintaining your blood sugar levels and boosting your metabolism during the day. If you’re active in sports or exercise (including light exercise), it is essential to eat throughout the day. You should keep snacks on-hand for those moments when hunger strikes!  I like to think of tummy grumbles as the red light you ran through; in fact, if your stomach is growling it's likely that you are not listening to your hunger signals soon enough. When I plan ahead, it’s easier for me to make healthy decisions and reach for something nutritious and delicious. Here are a few of my favorites to keep on-hand.

1. I love Overnight Oats! They’re such an easy thing to make in the evenings for a healthy snack the next day. My favorite combination includes gluten free oats, flax seed, walnuts, stevia, almond milk, vanilla extract, bananas, cinnamon and nutmeg.

In the warmer months, I’m always getting out my Vitamix to make smoothies. I love pairing bitter greens and sweet fruits to balance the flavor, vitamins and minerals. My favorite combo is leafy greens (like kale) with pineapple, mango, or apple. I add the liquid to the bottom (like coconut water or probiotic yogurt), then the veggies (like carrots or cucumbers) and leafy greens and top it off with fruits and chia seeds! I don’t love ice, so I keep all the ingredients cold in the refrigerator or freezer first.

When I’m not at home, I love having healthy snacks to reach for in my gym bag or purse. Kind Bars have been a staple for me for years. Not only are they tasty, they have healthy, whole ingredients that keep me feeling full between meals.

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When I’m craving something salty, I always reach for Rhythym Kale Chips. While I do love to make my own kale chips, these are my favorite packaged ones for busier days when I don’t have time to cook!

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I’ve said it a bunch, but I’ll say it again. I love Health Ade Kombucha. Kombucha is full of probiotics and healthy bacteria.  A refreshing kombucha is energizing and should keep you moving on the most sluggish of days.  One of my instructors makes her own Kombucha....#goals

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What are your favorite healthy snacks? Let me know in the comments!

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Carly Grace Milyo

Born in New York City,  Carly Grace grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools.  Carly received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 2012. During her college career, Carly began practicing yoga as an escape from her intense ACC Cheerleading training. The rigor and requirements Carly upheld as an ACC athlete combined with the social expectations and action packed schedule expected of an Alpha Phi left Carly depleted both physically and mentally.  Before Carly found yoga, she used running, partying with friends, and restricting her diet to maintain a sense of control in her life. It was Carly's true desire to find more purposeful and authentic friendships and to invest her time in cultivating her greater well-being and spirituality that lead her to yoga. 

The creativity and physical challenge of yoga captivated and inspired Carly. Yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where the perfect-ten mentality was not required; in fact, perfection is the antithesis of yoga principles.  After hanging up her poms poms and retiring from her ACC Cheerleading career, Carly quickly found herself  invested in the In Balance Yoga Community in Blacksburg, VA.  With encouragement and affirmation from Studio Owner, Becky Crigger, Carly set out for New York City to train with Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus Love Skool.

Yoga Alliance 200 E-RYT, Carly has studied and practiced with many influencers and teachers all over the United States.  Carly currently teaches Thunderbolt Power Yoga®;  a powerful alignment based vinyasa flow inspired by some of her greatest influencers including, Dana Trixie Flynn and Baron Baptiste.  Carly infuses creative ideas and sequencing into her classes. Her purpose as a teacher is to inspire people to move like themselves. Carly is committed to helping students be audaciously playful in both their practice and in their lives. 

You can catch Carly Grace teaching at her studio Thunderbolt Power Yoga, at off-site events such as the infamous FIT Yoga Series with Carly Grace at W Atl Buckhead, at music festivals, corporate conferences, and more!  Be sure to look out for Carly's quarterly Boombox Power Yoga® Class offered alongside a live DJ, accompanied by her pink boombox, and enhanced with a 16 inch disco ball. 

In the mean time, you can follow her adventures on instagram (@yoga__barbie) or give her a wave when you see her drive by in her infamous pink jeep!