The traditional Indian breakfast is fast losing its identity and is being replaced by ready to eat corn flakes, oats, cheese sandwiches and what not. As more and more people are switching to other fast food options, the humble idly and poha are sure losing their sheen among the current generation of kids. But, in the process, aren’t the kids losing out?
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And our traditional breakfasts and foods are based on the traditionally grown produce. The diet that we should take depends a lot on our environmental conditions and the work that we do. And hence, having food based on the regional conditions is said to be the best diet. Traditional foods also involve slow cooking which helps in retaining essential nutrients. They are also unique to their places of origin. They do not have any artificial flavour enhancers as they use ingredients that are all natural.
While modern foods offer a lot of conveniences, they do not have the essential nutrients, which is the most important factor. Most of these foods are also highly processed ones, which are again not good for your health. They have a lot of added preservatives, chemicals and artificial flavour enhancers. The greatest advantage that they offer is the time factor but at the risk of putting our health at a disadvantage.
Isn’t it time for us to take charge of our health and that of our near and dear ones? Let us get back to the basics of our traditional produce and make preparations that are beneficial for us.
Modern/Junk food leads to taking medicines in future, whereas traditional food is the medicine itself!
Why is breakfast an important meal of the day?
After an overnight fast, the brain and the body require the right amount of fuel to get going. And, for school going children, this fuel is required so that they can have a good start in the day and are ready to take on the challenges effectively. Your body gets its dose of essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, proteins and carbohydrates from the first healthy meal of the day – breakfast. It also restores the glucose levels which are required for the proper functioning of the brain. Eating breakfast also improves the cognitive functions such as memory and concentration levels. Improved grades, good behaviour, lesser stress levels are some of the other benefits that can be seen in school children.
The long-term benefits of having a healthy traditional breakfast are more, considering the fact that it inculcates good eating habits, reducing the risk of illness and also helps in keeping lifestyle induced diseases like obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure, at bay.
When you eat a healthy breakfast, you can eliminate the need to have high fat and high sugar breakfast options, thereby taking a good step towards weight management.
Some really healthy breakfast options that give you the best nutrition include:
- Idly/Dosa with vegetable sambar – Has carbohydrates, proteins, fibre and vitamins.
- Vegetable Poha –Can prevent iron deficiency or anaemia as it contains 20 mg of iron in every 100g raw rice flakes.
- Upma – High in carbohydrates, vitamins and fibres, it provides lots of energy.
- Dalia (broken wheat) – Nutritious and a good source of fibre and carbohydrates.
- Egg- Has healthy proteins.
- A few more options include Sabu dana khichdi, methi thepla, moong dal chilla, akki roti, ragi roti, vegetable paratha, uttapam.