“Never Work Before Breakfast; If You Have to Work Before Breakfast, Eat Your Breakfast First”
…and isn’t this just so true? Breakfasts are one of the biggest and the most important meals, which set the tone of the day. We often find ourselves struggling with our breakfast meals because of packed timelines and tighter deadlines. In the super fast era that can get increasingly demanding, we need our body and mind to be stable and be fit to quickly adapt to daily challenges thrown at us. This calls for a nutrient-packed breakfast, which will give us energy till the mid of the day before a snack or sometimes even lunch. This does not take much time and whoever said a balanced breakfast needs time and energy have not met us.
Have a look at these delicious meals that take less time to be served and even lesser time to be consumed.
Quinoa Yogurt Parfait
Ingredients: 1/3 cup of boiled quinoa, ¾ up of plain & low fat Greek yogurt, a pinch of cinnamon, 3 to 4 walnuts and ½ cup berries
Nutrition Content: 328 calories, protein 25 grams, 49 grams carb, and 11 grams fiber
Our thoughts: Quinoa is a superfood with and when combined with Greek yogurt, it amplifies in power and offers a wholesome nourishment along with fueling the body for the long day. Just throw everything in a bowl and devour your senses. The cinnamon is bound to add some sweetness whereas nuts offer much needed omega-3s.
Greek Yogurt with Berries & nuts
Ingredients: A small container of low fat Greek yogurt, Nuts of your choice (walnuts, almonds, goji berries, cashew nuts), 1 or 2 tablespoons of crunchy cereal, ½ cup berries.
Nutrition Content: 210 calories, 16 grams protein, 5g fat, 38 grams carb, 3 grams fiber
Our thoughts: A creamy delight, this recipe is super simple and will be done in no time. You can simply add all the ingredients in the desired quantity and dig in. This is a filling bowl, rich in protein content and will keep you going for a long time. The cherry on the cake, berries will add a host of antioxidants while the nuts are home to vitamins, iron, minerals and taste.
Mushroom & Spinach Omelet
Ingredients: 3 egg whites, 4 to 5 leaves of baby spinach, 1 to 2 thinly sliced mushrooms, salt to taste and some butter or olive oil for greasing the pan.
Nutrition Content: 248 calories, 16 grams of protein, 15 grams carb, 5.8 grams fiber
Our thoughts: We think omelettes are the best thing that could happen to breakfasts. Eggs were born to add an edge to the first meal of the day and with a protein rich content, it just falls perfectly in the purview of power packed breakfast meals. The richness of iron comes from the spinach and the green color makes it picturesque as well. Mushrooms are light & add the right amount of oomph to the flavor. If you do not fancy mushrooms, why not add onions or tomatoes?
The Green Warrior Smoothie
Ingredients: 1 medium celery stalk, 1 cup spinach, 1 cup kale, 1 cup chopped cucumber, 2 tablespoon mint leaves, ½ cup Greek yogurt, 5 to 7 ice cubes
170 calories, 25 grams protein, 15 grams of carbs, 8.7 grams fiber
Nutrition Content: 170 calories, 25 grams protein, 15 grams of carbs, 8.7 grams fiber
Our thoughts: The warrior smoothies are made up of natural ingredients and offer a complete meal. A full meal yet light on the digestive system, you could have them any time of the day when the time is of essence. All you need is a blender or a juicer mixer with all of the above ingredients and you are done. It’s quick, it’s quality over quantity and it gets the job done!
Cinnamon, Chia with Cottage Cheese & Apples
Ingredients: ¾ cup of grated low fat cottage cheese, 1 sliced apple, some cinnamon (as per taste), 2 tbsp. chia seeds
Nutrition Content: 327 calories, 29 grams protein, 44 grams carbs, 47 grams fiber
Our thoughts: Do not be boggled by the extra calories of this meal, apples and cinnamon when mixed with chia & cottage cheese offer a great combo. A good amount of protein with omega 3 and a lot of fiber will make your body happy and healthy. Just put all the ingredients together and voila! A great dish awaits you on a busy day.
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