The Yogic Diet: What Do Yoga Instructors Pack for Lunch?

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Yoga instructors maintain a healthy lifestyle through physical activity, meditation techniques, and deep-breathing exercises, but one important aspect that keeps them going all day is their diet. Every kind of food they eat is for their body, mind, and soul. And wouldn’t it be cool to know their go-to’s when lunchtime comes around? Exactly. We did some research and gathered the most popular items that top yoga instructors (including Heidi Kristoffer and Jamie Horgan) enjoy eating. We’ll call it a lunch packing guide for our yogis.


Something green

  • Chopped kale and quinoa salad with a lemon juice and olive oil vinaigrette
  • Mixed green salad with endless toppings (shredded cabbage, beets, carrots, mushrooms, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, strawberries)
  • Smoothie with dark leafy greens
  • Celeriac, kale, and spinach soup
  • Thai lettuce wraps


Something lean

  • Grilled fish
  • Grilled chicken
  • Grass-fed burger patty on a bed of spinach
  • Raw almonds or cashews
  • Homemade trail mix with seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds), sesame sticks, soy nuts, and raisins


Something vegan

  • Homemade soup with vegetable broth, cabbage, ginger root, spices, bean sprouts, basil leaves, and mushrooms
  • Stir-fried Shiitake mushrooms with tofu and bok choy
  • Beet hummus with vegetable dippers
  • Pita with tofu scramble and cashew cheese
  • Crispy kale chips


Something on the side

  • Baked sweet potato
  • Fresh fruit
  • Dried fruit (with no added sugar)
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Hard-boiled eggs


If you’re thinking of switching up your meal plans, consider choosing healthy, fresh, whole ingredients that are labeled as one word (no hard-to-pronounce science terms). We’d also love to hear what you pack for lunch to sustain your body and mind for a long day at the studio!

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