Sunday, October 4, 2009

Healthy ideas for Breakfast


Breakfast-  the most important meal of the day.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it is considered as the brain food. After a long fast of about 7-8 hours of sleeping our body need fuel to carry out the activities throughout the day.

Skipping breakfast with an intension of losing weight is not a wise idea, as the fasting period increases making you feel hungrier. As a result you tend to binge in the meal which you first eat leading to over consumption of excess calories. Thus ultimately you gain weight instead of losing.

Many studies prove that children who avoid breakfast are not able to pay full attention in school hours, have more than desired body mass index, or have low iron stores in the body.

Healthy breakfast options –

>Having your breakfast doesn’t always mean that you can have anything and everything in it.  
A healthy breakfast is what one should emphasize on.

Here are some of the breakfast ideas which can help.

>BAD Choice of food for Breakfast:

Cakes, pastries, chips, wafers, junk foods like pizzas, burgers, and rolls are high in fat and sugar. Avoid such foods that contain fat especially saturated and trans fat, butter, sugar and excess salt as these are some of the major factors for health problems.

Also these foods don’t fulfill the requirement of other vital vitamins and minerals which are required by the body and give high satiety feeling thereby delay the time for next meal.

> Good choice: Choose healthy breakfast food options like low-fat milk, low-fat yoghurt, roasted grains and cereals, air popped popcorn with minimum salt, whole grain cookies, oatmeal cookies and graham cookies.
   
> Variety should be the key, try to include little from the entire food groups for example a very wise option for breakfast is breakfast cereal along with a cup of low fat milk. You can even add fruits of your choice like apples, bananas, oranges or peaches in it for better palatability.

Along with this you can also include a cup of sprouts or an egg or pancake, French toast or waffle.

> Vegetables like carrots, cucumber can be cut in different shapes and dipped in some flavored low-fat yoghurt serves excellent finger foods for kids.
   
> Make a healthy sandwich for breakfast using whole wheat bread. Stuff it with lots of vegetables and replace mayonnaise, cream or butter with low-fat yoghurt. Lean meat, egg and steamed tuna can also be used as a filling in this sandwich.

> Some people try to avoid their main mealbreakfast by giving a very lame reason of time. When in hurry just grab a fruit or dry crackers, yoghurt, boiled egg, dry cereal or a cup of low fat milk.

You can even make some preparations the night before; or get up 20/30mnts early.  Believe me it would be worth it!

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