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Please suggest some low calorie food for breakfast.

Q: I am a 26 years old girl and after spending 3 years in field-work (which required a lot of physical work), I have been transferred to office. Please tell some low calorie, healthy and easy to make breakfast recipes.

A:If you want to be healthy, you've got to follow this simple strategy. But who has the time to make a royal breakfast, when you barely manage to reach office in time (and on an empty stomach)? Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day and it should not be ignored/missed. So what you can do is, prepare for the breakfast the night before. This means that you just heat/steam/bake stuff in the morning and do other things while the heating/steaming/baking goes on. If you and your family like to sit down at the table for a nice meal, set the table the night before. With our easy breakfast ideas, you will find yourself more energized, and with more time on your hands. You just need to give it a try.

  • Cereal This really has to be the easiest and yet a healthy breakfast. Precooked oats, wheat flakes, muesli, along with warm/cold milk. You may also supplement with chopped fruit and juice. A bowl of muesli is even better than the cereal. Not only is it crunchier and tastier, it also provides a wider variety of nutrients.
  • Idlis If you prepare the batter over the weekend, you can store it in the fridge for at least 5-6 days. So all you have to do is steam the batter. This does not require you to stand in the kitchen for more than 5-7 minutes. Serve with chutney made the night before. Don't forget to supplement with some nice fresh juice.
  • Sandwiches You can sandwich anything and everything that your family enjoys. Leftovers make great sandwich fillings. You can use potato patties, cheese slices, vegetables, salads, chicken slices, sprouts, eggs, etc. for making the sandwiches. Use brown bread if you are really serious about good health.
  • Poha This is an item that takes only 5 minutes to prepare. What you can do is boil and peel potatoes the night before. Wet the poha also the night before. All you do in the morning is saute everything.
  • Eggs Eggs are great for health, especially the whites. You can have your eggs boiled, scrambled, in the shape of an omelet or as the famous French toast. Eggs go well with bread and together they make for a wholesome meal.
  • Bakes and beans If you are the bakes and beans kind, you can prepare everything the night before. Just microwave your muffins/cake when you are ready to eat. Serve with hot coffee for the adults and chocolate milk for the kids.
  • Tofu This is another very healthy breakfast item. Tofu can be had scrambled, on toast or it can be had within your sandwiches. You could also saute a medley of vegetables with tofu/soya chunks thrown in. This is not only colourful, but also high in vitamins, nutrients and protein.

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