The importance of breakfast cannot be emphasized enough. It isn’t referred to as the most important meal of the day for nothing. We have our breakfast after a prolonged period of fasting, overnight. The main function of breakfast is to replenish the dwindling supply of glucose. This will not only boost your energy levels but also increase your alertness levels.
We are what we eat and the same applies to breakfast as well. A healthy breakfast has a lot of benefits. If you are someone who has a tendency to skip their breakfast on an almost regular basis, then read through the benefits of having healthy and nutritious breakfast everyday:
- Reduces stress and improves the overall mood.
- Heightens cognitive functioning including our concentration levels.
- Breakfast takes care of a major chunk of our daily energy needs.
- It is the fuel which allows you to function properly for the rest of the day.
- A good and healthy breakfast habit actually has long term benefits. It lowers the chances of high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and heart diseases.
- It boosts the body’s immunity levels.
Have you ever wondered what might happen to the body if you skip your breakfast regularly? Without the booster dose provided by the breakfast the body is forced to use up reserved energy. This not only makes you feel more hungry for the next meal, it also increases your cravings significantly. As a result, you tend to eat more when you finally sit down to eat. This will cause you to put on more weight than you can seek to lose by skipping your breakfast. As you continue to deprive your body of the energy boost provided by the breakfast, the reserves get depleted slowly and consistently. This weakens your body and compromises its immune system, thereby making it susceptible to diseases.
Not every meal is fit to be called a breakfast. When it comes to breakfast, quality is of utmost importance. A breakfast has to be rich in protein, calcium, vitamins and minerals. A protein rich breakfast will keep your sugar crashes and carb cravings under control. It will also keep you satisfied for a longer period. This is because protein takes longer to he digested compared to carbs. As your body digests the protein rich breakfast slowly you are less likely to feel hungry quickly and frequently. Simultaneously it will reduce your overall calorie intake significantly and keep your body fit. If you want to lose weight quickly then nothing will help you more than a nutritious and protein rich breakfast.
Whipping up a healthy breakfast doesn’t need to take long. A healthy breakfast in no way implies an elaborate breakfast. Here is a list of 6 really quick and really
Breakfast Recipes for Weight Loss
Mug cakes are all the rage these days and mug omelette is just a healthier version of the same. Whisk your eggs in a mug along with some chopped up sausages, tomatoes, peppers and anything else that you would like in your omelette. Next, all you need to do is put it in the microwave and let it cook for two minutes or so. You can pair it up with multi-grain toasts for a stronger protein punch.
2. Oats Idli:
Oats are rich in protein and therefore perfect for your breakfast. However, people often don’t like the way it tastes. So you can give it a nice and desi twist with these idlis. You can add yoghurt, which is also a wonderful source of protein and calcium, to your idli batter for the added tang. If you don’t prefer idlis you can even make upma with oats with lots of vegetables.
3. Soya Uttapam:
Soyabean is extremely rich in protein and this recipe might just be what you need to increase your daily protein intake. Instead of making uttapams with rice flour, use soya flour. Make a batter with soya flour, yoghurt and a bit of water. Add a pinch of baking soda or baking powder to give it a soft and fluffy uttapam-like texture. If you use a nonstick skillet then it will be practically oil-free. You can add chopped vegetables as a topping for your uttapams. The best thing about this recipe is that you can even make the batter beforehand and store it in the fridge.
4. Egg parathas:
Parathas are a breakfast when it comes to any Indian household. They are quick to make and taste delicious. You can make it healthy by adding eggs to it. You can either use scrambled eggs as a stuffing or you can place the paratha on top of an omelette. You can use multi-grain flour to make your parathas. You can even experiment with other protein-rich flours that are widely available in the market.
5. Smoothie bowls:
Smoothies are widely under-rated. They are easy to make and easy to assemble. All you need to do is just add your choice of ingredients and blend it into a smoothie. You can whip up a quick smoothie bowl with bananas, dark chocolate, oats, chia, and nuts. It would taste more like a yummy dessert.
6. Muesli breakfast:
“Parfait” despite the fancy sounding name the recipe couldn’t get any more easy. All you need is Greek yoghurt, some chopped up fresh fruits and muesli. If you don’t like muesli you can always substitute it with granola as well. You can add a dash of honey if you want to sweeten things up even more. This is yet another sweet breakfast recipe that tastes more like a fancy dessert than a breakfast.
Wrapping things up!
Healthy doesn’t have to be boring or bland, and breakfast doesn’t have to be so elaborate that it takes a lifetime to cook. These 6 recipes are easy to make and very very customisable. You can always customise and improvise according to your taste buds and whatever is available in your pantry. You won’t even need a fortune to make these recipes. Always remember to eat healthy because a healthy body is a happy body.