Importance of breakfast
“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper”
One of the most famous and strikingly true quote that we’ve always heard and yet we choose not to follow. Breakfast – the term by itself means “breaking the fast”, our body is at fast for a minimum of 8 hours after dinner till the next meal, it requires a certain amount of energy to function and perform the daily tasks without any discrepancies. Breakfast works like a wakeup call for the brain and other organs to work judiciously. We are so busy accommodating other chores in our daily life, that we forget the most important thing – our health. Breakfast needs to be taken within 2 hours of waking up and skipping it will lead to health issues in the long run.
Health benefits of breakfast:
A balanced breakfast consists of a perfect balance of proteins, fats and carbs. The right proportion everyday can work wonders on your body:
An empty stomach leads to an empty mind, if your body doesn’t have the required energy to facilitate for the daily tasks, your mind cannot focus to give the best output. There’s nothing worse than being constantly aware that you are hungry and counting the minutes until the next meal.
If the calorie-conscious you is thinking that skipping out a meal will help you lose weight, you’re probably wrong. If you don’t eat breakfast, you’re more likely to munch on anything that comes your way, which could pile up unhealthy calories for you. Therefore it is advisable to always have breakfast so that it puts your sudden wants away and keeps you pumped up till your next meal, if at all you skipped breakfast and feel hungry, choose some energy bars to do the filling and avoid extra sugary stuff.
Prevents health problems:
Yes, you read that right. Having a balanced breakfast regularly without skipping can help your body tackle a lot of health problems along the long run like Blood Pressure, Cholestrol and also Diabetes can be kept at a check with regular intake of a strict breakfast. Problems like acidity, gastric disorders etc can also be avoided with timely intake of food as the stomach doesn’t remain empty for a long period of time, thus avoiding digestive problems.
What constitutes a breakfast?
Like mentioned earlier, your best bet for breakfast is to have a mix of foods that have carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats, and fiber. Below is a list of what can be had for breakfast and what must be avoided.
Fruits – Fruits are our best and easiest bet when it comes for breakfast. A healthy salad of apples, bananas, pears and every other favourite is filling and nutritious at the same time.
Milk – There is a reason why milk is called a balanced diet, it has all the necessary nutrients required for a well pumped start to the day. However, if it doesn’t fill your tummy, you can always take with it fruits or even a toast.
Eggs -Eggs are a healthy treat in any form. They don’t take much time to cook, so you can make scrambled eggs quickly to go with a healthy whole-wheat toast.
If you have sufficient time a bowl of Upma or Poha or a couple of steamed idlies, dosas will delight your taste buds and suffice your fiber needs too.
Cornflakes and oats are easily available and are extremely nutritious and filling too. If you are someone who needs a treat for your taste buds then smoothies and milkshakes can also serve as a decent morning breakfast.
Our moods are directly linked to what we eat, and whilst many of us do not really consider breakfast seriously, a proper breakfast can brighten your day in all possible ways. This is because eating in the morning gives our body the required boost to get us started with our day and also balances our blood sugar levels to keep those unwanted grumpy feelings at bay!