Everybody is aware of the fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but still most urbanites, have their breakfast on the go. They prefer to wrap a slice of bread and butter that can be conveniently had while waiting at the bust stop.
It is important to have a healthy breakfast as when you start your day with an empty stomach, by the time you are get into the swing of work you start feeling hunger and, which usually means picking up some unhealthy choice.
Eating a healthy breakfast is important for all weight watchers also. Studies suggest that people who eat a healthy breakfast are more successful at losing weight and keeping off the extra weight
Well Known Nutritionist, Shamika Kulkarni says, “Breakfast is the first main meal of the day after an overnight fasting. The energy levels of the body are low and hence a healthy breakfast gives a boost to the energy levels and gives the day an enthusiastic start. Eating a healthy breakfast also increases the competence levels and concentration while working. It is important for weight watchers because a healthy breakfast gives a balanced intake of carbohydrates, proteins and fiber required to control weight. If a person eats a healthy and an adequate breakfast then it delays the hunger pangs and maintains his energy levels till the lunch time. This prevents temptations to pick unhealthy food choices to fulfill hunger pangs.”
Most individuals do not have time for breakfast or they don’t have many healthy options. Very often having a breakfast becomes boring, if we continue eating the same items over and over again. However, the truth is that looking out for healthy breakfast ideas is a dilemma that many of us face each day.
There are a lot of healthy breakfast options, here we give you 6 healthy breakfast options from South India that will nourish you and keep you in shape.
1. Oats Dosa – The power packed breakfast
2 tbsp rice , 2 tbsp oats, 1 cup buttermilk (enough to soak and cover the oats), 1tsp cumin seeds, 2 green chilies , 1 pinch hing/asafoetida, 2 tsp finely chopped coriander, salt to taste
Add the rice and oats into a bowl. Slowly add butter milk and allow it to soak for 20 minutes. When soaked, pour it in a blender and grind well. Add salt, hing, coriander, chopped green chilies and a little water to get the dosa batter consistency. Heat the grridle and start making dosas.
Serve it hot with green chutney.
Shamika Kulkarni says, “Oats dosa is a very healthy recipe for breakfast. The recipe will give about 300 calories. The calories are mainly from the rice and oats which give carbs an instant source of energy for giving a boost to the body. Buttermilk and rice and oats contribute to the protein intake while oats supply the required soluble fiber. This breakfast option helps in weight loss and keeps us healthy. The dosas should be made on the non stick tawa with minimal oil. The chutney used should be without coconut.”
2. Adai Dosa – The Tamil breakfast
1cup rice, 1 cup chana dal (Bengal gram), 1 cup urad dal(horsebean), 1 cup tuvar dal(pigeon pea), green chilles 2 nos, red chilies 6 nos, curry leaves, hing 2-4 pinch, salt to taste,
Soak all the dals and rice together after washing them thoroughly. Let them soak overnight. When soaked, grind them in a blender coarsely along with green chilies, coriander, red chilies, curry leaves and hing. Add salt to taste.
Heat a nonstick tawa or griddle and pour one ladleful of batter. Make thick dosa and serve hot
Add thinly slices onion to the batter to make onion adai. Serve it hot with mint and coriander chutney.
Shamika Kulkarni adds, “This recipe is a power packed recipe for breakfast which gives a balanced amount of carbohydrates and proteins from the combination of cereals and pulses. The combination of rice and the dals is very healthy and gives high quality proteins. It makes a very healthy and filling breakfast.”
3. Pessaruttu – The Andhra specialty
1 cup moong dal(green gram), 1 onion finely chopped, ¼ tsp ginger finely chopped, coriander leaves, finely chopped, 1-2 green chilies, 1 tsp cumin seeds, salt to taste
Soak the moong dal for at least 4 hours in water. When soaked, grind them with cumin seeds, green chillies, and ginger. Add the chopped onion, coriander leaves, and salt to the ground mixture. Heat a non stick pan and make dosas.
Serve it with garlic chutney or coriander chutney
Shamika Kulkarni says, “This recipe with the serving of two dosas should give about 250 calories and gives enough energy to start the day. It can be supported with a fruit and nuts like almonds and walnuts. This will contribute to a balanced breakfast adequate in carbohydrates, proteins, and fiber. The portion size in a meal should be restricted to two small dosas for all weight watchers.”