“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper”-Adelle Davis
Hi, friends here I am once again with you to share some healthy eating habits we must choose throughout the day to keep our metabolism running. The first and most important meal to start your day is breakfast; you can program your entire day’s metabolism just by making right breakfast choices. I personally feel one healthy breakfast is comprised of all the macros needed for running a healthy body. But, sadly, I have seen many of my friends skipping breakfast. This is one of the worst things you can do to yourself. People who skip breakfast generally tend to overeat during lunch and dinner. Breakfast skippers often feel tired, irritable and restless in the morning because they do not have adequate energy for their brains and muscles to sustain activity throughout the day. Also, they have hunger pangs throughout the day so they choose foods which are readily available around them like cookies, chips and lots of fast food. So, people who have been health freaks, people who have always loved fast food, people who love eating desserts for breakfast (I love to eat desserts anytime of the day, not as a dessert but as a main course :P), and people who have always been in a hurry and unable to find time during the morning for breakfast, this post is for you. Read it until the end as there will be lots of tips for you in this post.
It’s not for only gym goers but everyone should start their day with a healthy mix of complex carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats and fibers. Carbohydrates and healthy fats provides energy to keep us going throughout the day. Protein helps to build and repair our body. Fiber helps to keep us full for a longer time and also helps in proper bowel movement.
Nobody can deny that oatmeal is a healthy source of complex carbs, fiber and protein and by complex carbs I mean one which keeps you full for longer hours. Throw in some fruits in it with some scrambled eggs and you have got the perfect right mix of all the four.
In a typical Indian household scenario you may not find so much time to make so many different recipes for a healthy breakfast so what you can do is make mix vegetable curry with lots of gravy and throw in some dry roasted oats in it and believe me it tastes much better than oats upma. If you hit the gym on the day then you might like to increase protein content in it. You can have chicken breast curry with oats in it. Alternatively, have scrambled eggs with it.People who have a sweet-tooth like me can add lots of honey and dry fruits to oats cooked with milk. It is a healthier alternative to the traditional kheer we love so much.
Many people don’t like the taste of oats. If oatmeal doesn’t go down your throat then you have many other choices as well. Try brown rice which is very easy to make. Boil some water and add some brown rice in a rice cooker. It’s ready in just ten minutes. Brown rice keeps you full for longer and it has got just right amount of dietary fibers and some minerals. Cook some mixed vegetables curry or chicken breast curry with light gravy and mix it with brown rice and it can be a healthier alternative to biryani.
Those who like to start their day with fast food, you have many options to make it healthier. You can prepare whole wheat pasta with lots of vegetables in it sauteed with some eggs in it or if you are a vegetarian add some paneer(cottage cheese) or tofu. Use fresh tomatoes n chilies rather than tomato n chili sauce the former tastes much better n also is free from preservatives and packed with all the goodness of tomatoes.
I have been living in Hyderabad for the last 4 months and I got a hint of how yummy the South-Indian food can be. Many of my friends also love eating them. If you are a person who cannot refrain from south Indian delicacies like idli and dosa, go for multigrain idli and with dosa batter, mix some gram flour pulses and other grains and serve with sambhar and coconut chutney.
Now, it is the 21st century and our lives are getting faster everyday. Office, school and college goers usually are in a rush every morning. So, for people who are always on the go and don’t have time to prepare and eat breakfast in the morning, I have some ideas for you. In hot countries like India, we always love to have something cool. Throw in some cut-fruit of your choice, skimmed milk or yoghurt, ice-cubes and oats into the mixer to make it a delicious smoothie in less than 5 mins. You can then transfer it to a mason jar and have it on the way. If you can spare a little more time, you can have a smoothie bowl of the same while adding some dry fruits to the smoothie to make it more interesting. Alternatively, you can also have some low fat yoghurt with fruits or stuff salad vegetables or chicken or egg inside whole-wheat or multigrain bread and make a sandwich out of it. Also you can have a quick breakfast of whole grain cereals or muesli with some skimmed milk or low fat yoghurt.
Friends, no matter whatever you choose to eat, make sure that you eat something nutritious at the start of the day to keep yourself fueled up throughout. If you liked the post, also share it with your friends. Also, let me know which one is your favorite breakfast out of all the above ideas.
Stay healthy! 🙂