Breakfast, as the name, suggests a meal we take to break nearly 10 to 12 hrs of fasting overnight. As it is the first meal, so we should intake a healthy breakfast, it should be healthy and include some of the essential nutrition to get going for the day. Also, it is the best time to give some protein and complex carbohydrates to keep the cravings at bay. It is a compulsory meal for all and more important for people who are trying to lose weight.
Skipping breakfast for weight loss is the blunder many people do thinking that they can cut calories but it actually backfires, yes, backfires every time.
The ideal healthy breakfast should pack some protein and carbohydrates. In India, we have a wide variety of breakfast recipes from north to south India. Although most of the breakfasts are best suited to the region, people who are trying to shed a few kilos or weight loss needs to be careful about the breakfast choices.
Here are Top 6 Healthy Indian Breakfast Recipes for Weight Loss
1. Stuffed Paratha
Paratha, particularly stuffed paratha is savored in the northern region of India everyday morning.
From Punjab to Bihar, you find many varieties of Parathas, particularly as a healthy breakfast dish. Paratha made with whole wheat flour or multigrain atta can be a powerful source of protein and fiber.
Also, you can stuff the paratha with many fresh vegetables which are protein-rich like green peas, cauliflower, radish, etc. You can also add cottage cheese. Instead of using oils and butter, parathas can be made healthy by adding the ghee, a healthy fat, for weight loss.
Poha is a popular breakfast item in the western region of India; also it is equally famous as breakfast all through India, yes, including South India. The good thing about poha is you can add whatever you want to it easily.
Depending on the diet and calorie requirement you can tweak this a little bit. Add a lot of fresh vegetables like carrots, beans to our poha, and of course, you can easily improve the protein by adding the roasted peanuts or soaked chana dal and garnish with some herbs if you wish.
Khichdi another breakfast, which is taken as a healthy breakfast all over the nation. Either it can be made from the leftover rice from the previous night or freshly cooked. When freshly cooked, you can use brown rice instead of white rice.
Also, You can use millets also known as ancient grains as a replacement for rice. Again, forget not to add as many as you can fresh vegetables as you can to make it more nutrient-rich.
4. Chana Dal
Another Indian breakfast snack, to be precise, chana dal is a better choice for breakfast as well. There cant a be a better sumptuous breakfast than chana dal.
Overnight soaked chana is taken as a side dish in the breakfast for improving the protein value. It could be taken as a stand-alone breakfast item as well.
Boil, soak and saturate with healthy fats and many vegetables to improve the fiber content in it. Also, add peanuts to further boost your protein intake. It is the best weight loss breakfast choice.
5. Whole wheat toast with peanut butter:
Bread is a popular healthy breakfast choice in India. Of course, it’s full of carbs, but carbs however required in breakfast. Particularly, the whole wheat bread and multigrain bread make healthy choices and aid in weight loss.
To cover up the lack of protein, you can add peanut butter instead of bread spread or butter. To further enhance the nutrient-value top the slice with banana slices.
Porridge is almost Indian now. Of course, oatmeal porridge is one of the best breakfasts anywhere in the world.
Particularly, porridge with milk is children’s favorite breakfast.
As is the case with India, we turn the porridge into masala oats and enjoy hot and spicy breakfast.
Also, the Musli with milk and nuts is a good breakfast choice for weight loss too.