Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as eating a healthy breakfast daily can prevent weight gain, lower the risk of diseases like diabetes, boost stamina and help your mind and body to function throughout the day. Most people tend to find it the most boring meal of the day because we tend to eat the same thing day in and day out and don’t really experiment because of the crunch of time or calorie intake. The breakfast should be a healthy and flavoursome meal but what constitutes it is often a question that remains unanswered. A healthy meal should contain two or all of the constituents of these food groups: whole grains, dairy (low fat preferable), protein and fruits and vegetables.
Whole grain cereals and oats must be included in the breakfast because they are rich in fiber and help in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Also, try and stay away from cereals with added sugar if you want to lose weight because those contain a lot of calories. You should also include a lean source of protein such as eggs, tofu, and peanut butter as they may help you feel fuller for longer hours. A person’s carbohydrates intake depends on their preferences and workout timings but for an average person, he/she should have dairy products like yogurt with fresh fruits or a glass of flavored milk. Fruits like apple, oranges, bananas and berries help in making a wholesome breakfast as they are rich in vitamins and minerals and also contain a lot of fiber. Strawberries are good source of potassium and manganese whereas oranges are rich in Vitamin C. You can also have your fruits in liquid form as fresh juices but try to avoid packaged ones which might contain sugar or preservatives. Though most nutritionists do not suggest having tea or coffee but for an energy boost to kick start your morning, you can have your cup of coffee as long as you are not having 4 cups a day.
In today’s scenario, people have a time and energy constraint and don’t really care about what they are eating, they may consider granola bars as healthy or hash brown and sausages as a proper breakfast but that ends up affecting their health in a negative way and decreases their metabolism. There is a need to start your day with a healthy and nutritious breakfast because your body and mind need to function for the rest of the day properly and even if you don’t sleep a night before or you sleep for 12 hours straight, a breakfast is needed to proceed to the day ahead in a positive manner. An ultimate breakfast should contain elements from the above-mentioned food groups but it’s not limited to it. You can always come up with new flavor combinations which might just be as healthy as cereals with milk is, or a whole wheat toast with peanut butter is. So you should always try for new breakfast dishes which are not just healthy but are flavorsome as well and you might just come up with your won ultimate breakfast meal.