Who doesn’t love a hearty breakfast filled with pancakes and scrambled eggs or a plate of misal pav? While that sounds delicious but why not opt for something equally as delightful yet more beneficial to your body. Below is a short list of five better breakfast options to start your day with a bang!
- Chia seed pudding
Chia seeds contain all the nutrition you need. Due to their highly fibrous content and rich nutrient profile, chia seeds is a healthy staple for your kitchen. They are loaded with antioxidants that promote healthy growth and reduce your risk of cell-damaging diseases, including cancer. For breakfast you can make a delicious pudding which will satisfy your sweet-tooth without any unhealthy sugars. Mix together milk (of your choice), add vanilla and a sweetener, then soak 1-2 tbsp of chia seeds for about 20-30 minutes in this mixture. Top it off with some strawberries or blueberries and you’re done. You could also personalize this pudding by changing the milk based mixture. Instead of plain milk you could make a fruit milkshake, or you can add cocoa powder for some chocolaty goodness. The options are limitless with this healthy breakfast option.
- Avocado toast
One of my favorites. Given that avocados are expensive, this might be a once a week breakfast but it is worth it. Avocados are packed with good fats and potassium. HDL, a heart-protecting fat crucial for cardiovascular health, is what you get in avocados. They also contain high concentrations of potassium, which is important for the nervous and immune systems. Therefore, a balanced avocado toast at breakfast is the perfect starting meal. Use any bread you prefer – plain white bread, brown bread, baguettes, bagels or sourdough. Take half an avocado for one toast (depending on the size), mash it with a fork, and add some salt, pepper and spices of your choice for seasoning. Drizzle some lemon juice and top it off with some chopped tomato. This is a basic recipe, however you can add a fried egg or cheese or any toppings you like.
- A healthy burrito
Eggs, tomato, bacon, broccoli. A healthy and scrumptious combination of protein, vegetables and a little bit of bacon goodness. Eggs contain lean protein which promotes healthy tissue and muscle growth as well as provides steady energy and improves your immunity. Tomatoes and broccoli contain antioxidants and vitamins which are extremely good for our health and hearts. For this simple recipe, sauté some bacon in a pan and let it cook halfway. Add the diced tomato and broccoli and stir until bacon is cooked and broccoli is charred. Set the bacon mixture aside and in the same pan add your beaten egg and spread it flat, like a tortilla. Once done, wrap the bacon mixture with the egg tortilla and your healthy breakfast burrito is ready!
- Fruit smoothie
Simple, yet containing many benefits and offering fruity freshness to begin the day. Fruits bring all sorts of vitamins, healthy sugars, fats and fibers to the table. They not only improve our mood, but our energies, health and mental well-being. Simply blend frozen fruits in a strong blender. Add whatever fruits you want. There are endless combinations. If you require some sweetness, there is no harm in adding natural sweeteners such as maple syrup. Pour it into a tall glass, put in a colorful straw and start your day off with a tropical delight.
- Overnight oats
Oats are timeless. Discovered around 7000 BC, the Greeks made oatmeal popular. Granted, oats can be boring but you can spice them up with fruits and toppings. Oats have a lot of fiber, known for promoting healthy weight, improving digestion, and gastrointestinal functions. It also reduces skin irritation and helps dry skin issues. To make overnight oats take one part oats to one part of milk (of your choice). Add chia seeds if you like and add whatever flavorings along with it. Mix well. You can add things like cinnamon and apple chunks to make cinnamon apple themed oats, or you can mix peanut butter in your oats and the next day top it off with some jelly. It’s all up to your imagination. You can even make overnight oats 4-5 days in advance and store them in the fridge.