We have often heard doctors talk about the benefits of a healthy breakfast. A healthy start to a long day is important to keep up your pace and finish all your chores in time. But, having the same cereals, oats and porridge for breakfast everyday can be so boring that you might want to avoid the the meal altogether. So, do you have the time to prepare an elaborate Indian breakfast early in the morning? Well, probably not. We list 10 healthy Indian breakfast options that are easy to prepare and provide the right boost of energy to kick-start your day.
Aloo paratha: A simple and easy to prepare flattened bread with a filling, aloo parathas are a favourite in most Indian households. Every recipe has variations in the preparation of the filling that needs to be cooked and then stuffed into the chapatti dough. Accompanied by curd or pickle, parathas make for a nutritious breakfast for mornings that need a power punch.
Dosa: Dish out a whole wheat dosa, famously called adhai, for breakfast if you are bored of your cereal and oats. A healthy option, it is packed with multiple nutrients that will help kick start your day. Pre-mixed dosa batters are available at a number of stores and all you need to do cook and enjoy.
Idli: Idlis are full of vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates. They are prepared with no oil or masala, which makes them a very healthy alternative. Try eating your idli with honey, nutela or peanut butter if you are too lazy to make the chutney.
Upma: A favourite breakfast item, upma – made out of â?sujiâ”- can be ready in a jiffy and works well as a breakfast option. You can add veggies for a punch of vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and iron. Perfect to start a busy day
Poha: Flattened rice takes little time to make, tastes great and makes for a filling meal too. Throw in some peas and veggies to make it more nutritious, and remember to use a non stick pan so that you use as little oil as possible.
Sabudana khichdi: If you are looking for a healthy and energising breakfast option which will be light on your tummy, then sabudana (sago) khichdi is something you must try. It is full of carbohydrates and starch that provide a boost of energy. It is easy to digest due to its very low in fat content. Best option to jumpstart your day.
Indian-style Eggs: Masala omlete, boiled eggs, egg sandwich and bhurji are healthy breakfast dishes especially when accompanied by brown bread and prepared with little oil and spices. A masala omlette or bhurji will even satisfy the urge to have a masale-daar meal.
Khakra: Khakra is a stiff Roti famous in Gujarati households. It serves as a good breakfast item accompanied by curd, chutney, ghee or even cheese and honey. You can also opt for healthy choices like diet khakras.
Daliya: Also eaten as a snack, Daliya is a light and healthy dish which makes it an excellent breakfast choice. Unrefined wheat or daliya is full of complex carbohydrates and fibres and can be prepared with almost no effort. An addition of nuts could make it more tasty.
Desi Sandwich: A sandwich filling of tomatoes, potato, chutney and other healthy veggies would work well for a day when lunch is far away. It is filling enough to keep you satiated till you get a chance dig into your next meal. The sandwich filling can also be changed according to your preferences.