The world may have advanced in many areas, but there are a lot more health problems nowadays! Therefore, if you want to enjoy longevity, your top focus should be your health and well-being. But how can you maintain it? Well, when our grandparents were younger, they believed in simple things. They consumed homegrown fruits and veggies and ate fewer processed items. They didn’t even have to make conscious efforts to follow a healthy diet for a longer life. It was a way of life for them.
Today, most of us want to live longer but we don’t know how to begin! That’s why we’re here to help and to let you know that you can start with breakfast. A healthy breakfast can make a big difference!
Health Shots got in touch with Deepti Lokeshappa, Msc Food Science and Nutrition, Senior Consultant-Clinical Nutritionist, Motherhood Hospital, Bengaluru, to find out which foods you can add in your breakfast to live a longer and healthier life.
Importance of a healthy breakfast
A good breakfast is a great start to the day but some people don’t give breakfast the importance it deserves. Lokeshappa says, “A good plate in the morning will not only keep you full for hours but also provides you with enough fibre, proteins, fats and nutrients. You should avoid having an unhealthy breakfast that is high in sugar, carbs or preservatives.” While choosing the right morning plate can be confusing, here we suggest some healthy options for you.
Here are 7 healthy breakfast ideas, suggested by Lokeshappa:
Eggs are tasty, healthy and easy to cook. But more than that, you will never be bored of the recipes that you can make with it. You can have a boiled egg in the morning if you are lazy or make an omelette and serve it with toast.
A classic breakfast option that never goes out of trend because it is easier to make and healthy. They are also a good source of iron, B vitamins, manganese, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.
3. Veggie salad
Salads for breakfast are a trend now for various reasons. Combination of green leaves and other vegetables provide all essential vitamins, healthy fats and proteins and thus, they are the source of dietary fibre.
4. Whole wheat toast
A good choice for breakfast as it is high in fiber and complex carbs, which digest slowly and don’t cause a sudden spike on your blood sugar levels. You can make a sandwich with fruits or egg to make it even tastier.
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If you are not into morning meals, start with fruits. There are a lot of things you can make with the fruits of your choice like a fruit salad or smoothies. For a balanced breakfast, you can even pair it with other high protein or fiber foods.
6. Chia seeds pudding
This is the recipe to go for if you are looking for something tasty and easier to make. Chia seeds are even more beneficial if you eat them with high protein food like Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, or a protein shake.
An easy to make breakfast which provides you the much needed morning nutrition. Pressed rice is cooked with some of your favourite veggies and spices can make a good morning plate.
Apart from these, you can always go for good old traditional breakfast items like Idli, dosa or upma, which are equally healthy and tasty