Article by Sumaiya Hamid
Every morning we must make a choice, whether to snooze the alarm and sleep in for an additional “five minutes” or to get up and start the day with some wholesome breakfast. Let’s face it; 10 out of 10 times we choose to sleep in a little longer and make peace with just grabbing something on the way or whatever is available in the office pantry. The best a lot of us can do on most days is to grab a fistful of cereal or a granola bar on our way out the door.
Breakfast literally means to break the fast. Since dinner is the last wholesome meal our body gets until the next bite of food, we wake up famished. Therefore, it’s important to recharge our batteries every morning with a healthy and wholesome breakfast.
Here are some quick breakfast ideas that require very little effort but when put into practice will make your morning rush routine eating habits a lot healthier.
Stock your pantry with loads of fruits and grab a couple on your way out in the morning. You can also carry a travel-friendly pack of either soy or almond milk, which is equally easy to grab and put into your bag even if you are running late.
Smoothies are capable of packing tons of nutrients and also have amazing fat-burning benefits. They also help you stay fuller for longer, which means you don’t plunge on those junks often! Green smoothies made using spinach or kale or other green leafy supplies help boost your immunity and improve digestion. You can also add one to two teaspoons of Matcha green tea powder to your smoothies and you’ll be filled with a good load of antioxidants. Yoghurt smoothies are great for a quick breakfast when we are on the run. Just pop in some berries or mango or banana in the blender along with some low-fat yoghurt/greek yoghurt and your healthy drink is ready in a jiffy. The best part is that you can make smoothies the night before and refrigerate them. They stay yummy and fresh for around 48 hours, making them an extremely fuss-free and highly nutritious breakfast alternative.
Before hopping in the shower, keep a couple of eggs to boil on low to medium heat. By the time you’re done, they shall be ready and good to go.
Opt for rolled out oats and not the quick-cooking out of a branded packaging one. Rolled out oats cook quickly and are packed with more nutrients than the off the shelf alternative. Oatmeal is extremely nutritious and filling and stacked with antioxidants and fibre. Similar to the smoothie, you can also cook oatmeal the night before, store it in the fridge, and microwave quickly in the morning.
One can eat dried fruits at any time of the day as a snack but the best time to consume them is early in the morning to squeeze out the maximum benefits. You can also soak them in water overnight and consume them in the morning. Keeping a small box of dried fruits such as raisins, almonds, walnuts and more in your bag will ensure that you always have something healthy to munch on at the busiest of times.
A healthy and nutrition filled breakfast gives us a much-needed kickstart to the day.