Breakfast is everything. The beginning, the first thing. It is the mouthful that is the commitment to a new day, a continuing life. – A A Gill
I know it might look crazy for me to write an entire blog on Breakfast, but believe me it is so much worth for to have this entire section dedicated. You’ll soon know why. 🙂
“Break-fast” sounds like breaking a fast? “Oh no, I wasn’t fasting”, you might think right? 🙂 Well, we all do that during that long peaceful sleep until morning. So, this is one of those rule kind-of-things which tells you to break something, yes, you ought to break that fast right away when you wake up! Your body is in an urgent need of a fuel to begin it’s work for the day coming up. Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism, helping you burn calories throughout the day. It also gives you the energy you need to get things done and helps you stay focussed. Where as, skipping this crucial morning meal can throw off your body’s rhythm of fasting and eating. When you wake up, the blood sugar that your body needs to make your muscles and brain work their best, is usually low. Breakfast would help to replenish it. If your body doesn’t get that fuel from food, you may feel zapped of energy — and you’ll be more likely to overeat later in the day. And I’m sure none of us want that as everyone today wants to stay on the lower side of that weighing scale. 😉 That’s actually one of the main reasons that I don’t skip breakfast. 🙂
Okay, so you now know how crucial this meal is, and then you decide not to skip it ever again. But hey, if you’re going to hit on some fast food then let me tell you, it’s not making your breakfast count. Of course you know why, fast food is never healthy for you, and that too if you’re starting your day with it, it’s definitely not helping. You’re just filling in your stomach with zero nutrition. I know, I know you don’t have time every single morning to prepare some “healthy” breakfast, and you’re always in a hurry to rush for work. I agree completely. You’re not alone. Almost all of us are in the same boat, but still most of us try to get our hands on to something healthy. At least try, it’s for your own body’s well being after all. 🙂 Well, having said that, I decided to jot down a few simple breakfast ideas for those busy mornings. Also, it’s always better if you prep-up the night before for the breakfast so it doesn’t take much of your time.
- Indian Uttapam (Veggies pancake) – It is a crisp, crepe-like thick pancake made of “Semolina” which is another form of wheat. It gets done with some delicious toppings of vegetables. You can also add in some tofu, chicken, egg to get that extra dose of protein.
- Besan cheela (Gram Flour pancake) – It is just another version of the Indian Uttapam. Instead of Semolina, it is made from Gram flour. It is a rich source of fiber, iron, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, folate, vitamin B-6 and thiamine. Just like Semolina, it is always a good option to consider in addition to wheat flour. And same way, you may keep it plain, or top it with some vegetables.
- Oats pancake – Oh yes, you don’t need that ‘all-purpose flour’ and those baking additives to this. They’re definitely not helping in any way. Just try a pancake by blending in some oats, milk, splash of honey, vanilla essence (if needed), one egg (optional), and your pancake mixture is ready. Prepare it the same way, and serve with toppings of banana, or any fruits you like.
- Avocado toast with egg – I personally love this one! It’s so yummy and yet so filling. Just toast a whole wheat bread, mash up the avocado, add in some salt and pepper. Use it on your toast instead of any butter/jelly. Serve it with boiled egg whites, or scrambled egg whites. 🙂
- Oatmeal to the rescue – So this is my favorite when I haven’t done any prep before hand. Just boil in some oats with water or milk. I add in some chia seeds, flax seeds, splash of honey. You may also add in some slices of banana. It’s quick and healthy too. You already know the benefits of oats, right? 🙂 The internet is flooding with the benefits of having oats. You know it. 🙂
So, Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day!