There is an old saying, “Eat Your Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dinner like a Pauper”. This saying stands true even today. As a matter of fact, 25 percent of the day’s calories is supposed to come from breakfast.
Why is breakfast so important?
The primary source of energy for our brain is glucose and there has to be a continuous supply of glucose for improved concentration, better mental performance and memory. Having a breakfast with sufficient amount of glucose can make you feel energized throughout the day. On the other hand, skipping breakfast can become the reason for lower blood sugar levels, weaker concentration levels and intense craving for food during the day.
In India, people have several reasons for skipping breakfast. Whatever be those reasons, nothing can be more important than your health. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Skipping this meal can result in overindulgence in food during the other meals of the day. This will ultimately lead to an unhealthy lifestyle and become the reason for weight gain.
Breakfast options in India
There are a lot of breakfast items in India which are very nutritious and provide the needed energy to go through the day. There are various breakfast food items in India which are based on the different regions of India. Let us take a look at some of the most common breakfast items among these.
Upma – Upma is available in a huge variety. It is a source of great energy and hence an ideal breakfast option. Upma made from broken vegetables and wheat is very nutritious and tasty owing to its fibre content.
Idli and dosa – This is made from rice and pulse and it gives a good amount of carbs and proteins. Having this with vegetable sambar can add a substantial amount of vitamins and minerals.
Corn/Rice/Wheat flakes – Corn flakes are fortified with calcium/Iron or Vitamins. Their nutrition factor has made them a very popular breakfast item in India. It is very nutritious when combined with fresh fruits and skimmed milk.
Bread omelette – This is one of those breakfast foods which is high in protein. This is recommended especially for children, athletes and those who are into muscle building.
Sandwiches – This food item is prepared with vegetables/shredded chicken and brown bread. It is a complete breakfast food which has all the essential nutrients and fibre.
Stuffed parathas – Parathas are perfect as an Indian breakfast item. They are super nutritious when prepared with less oil. The stuffing is usually done with potatoes. But, there are various other options too, like sprouted green gram, radish, cauliflower, etc.
The best way to begin your day is to have an energised morning. Having a nutritious breakfast is just the right thing to do make your mornings awesome and make your day great.