Thanks to Kara Lydon for sending me a free copy of Nourish Your Namaste in exchange for my honest review!
Kara Lydon, of The Foodie Dietitian, is one of my favorite fellow RD food bloggers. She also just so happens to be a yoga teacher, so I couldn’t wait to check out her new e-book, Nourish Your Namaste, where she offers up tips, recipes, and yoga moves to help us experience a more holistic level of wellness.
I’ve been (casually) practicing yoga for years now and am (obviously) pretty into nutrition but I honestly hadn’t really given much thought to how these two seemingly separate parts of life fit together until I actually took the time to make that connection.
For me, Kara and Nourish Your Namaste were the perfect guides toward better understanding that connection and the way that nutrition and yoga have the potential to perfectly compliment each other.
I loved that Kara broke things down into nutrition, recipes, and yoga poses for relaxation, digestion, energy, and immunity. I felt like I took away useful information that I could apply to my own life from every single chapter.
I found myself easily brainstorming meal and snack ideas based on the functional food lists included with each chapter. I felt like I had a solid plan for supporting each area covered by the time I was finished reading, which felt amazing!
(Just having this plan in place made the e-book a worthwhile read, in my opinion.)
Of course, my favorite part is the recipes. Each and every one sounds delicious, from the Immunity Boosting Buddha Bowl (pictured on the cover) to the relaxation-promoting Sweet Potato Smoothie that I recreated here.
Since sweet potatoes are a root vegetable (grown in the ground), they are thought of as a grounding food from the ayurvedic perspective. I wanted to try out this smoothie this morning, in hopes that it would help me to feel more relaxed and energized throughout the work day.
I think there could be something to this ayurvedic perspective.
I did feel calm and relaxed today, while still feeling awake and energized.
The cinnamon and ginger probably also helped me feel extra grounded and cozy inside – at the very least, they made for a super flavorful, sweet and spicy, nutrient-dense morning drink that I didn’t want to put down.
(Plus, I got an extra vegetable serving at breakfast, win!)
My only critique of Nourish Your Namaste?
I wish there were more recipes!
Luckily, Kara does offer packages with bonus recipes on her website but I would have loved to get my hands on more within the e-book.
After sampling Kara’s recipes, the bonus packages are definitely tempting.
Whether you’re really looking to up your yoga game or just looking for an approachable guide to plant-powered holistic wellness, I think you’ll truly appreciate the practical information (and go crazy for the recipes!) in Kara Lydon’s Nourish Your Namaste.
Want to learn more?
How do you use nutrition and yoga to support energy, relaxation, digestion, and/or immunity?