Having a wholesome breakfast is the key to a healthy life. However, not all of us can enjoy this luxury, thanks to our busy schedule and the biggest woe of our lives – getting up in the morning. “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper,” so said the wise men but early morning naps are the most powerful ones. Stepping out of our beds is a battle we often tend to lose and eventually rush to work empty stomach. Deciding the menu of breakfast every day is yet another problem we are unable to combat. I’ve been in the same boat for years. If you too count yourself in here, then this post is going to make your life certainly easy. Here’s a list of five quick and easy breakfast ideas that will help you can knock out the morning rush and enjoy a couple of minutes longer sleep.
Oats is to top the list obviously. It’s one of the healthiest items that provide enough energy to get going all through the day. If you don’t like the bland taste of plain oats, you can play with your chef skills. Add some green peas or a handful of chopped tomatoes, and when your oats are almost cooked, put an egg over it and steam for a couple of minutes. For extra flavour, add a few coriander leaves. You’re simply going to love it. If you’re a vegetarian, you can skip the eggs.
You can also try the sweeter version of oats – cook rolled oats in water or milk as per your preference, add some chia seeds or flaxseeds, and garnish with honey and fruits. Tada! Here’s your wholesome breakfast ready. You can also make overnight oats if you feel too lazy to get and prepare something for yourself. I use this recipe to make mine. You do too!
Pancakes are loved by all, be it youngsters or elders. It is again much easy to prepare. You simply have to add water and sugar to all-purpose/oats flour to make a thick batter and spread it over a hot pan with a bit of oil or butter. Of course, you can do a lot of experiments with pancakes. To list a few, beating an egg into the batter or adding a mashed banana will add up to the flavour of your pancakes.
Skip the egg if you’re a vegetarian although you can add half a teaspoon of baking powder to make them fluffy. Also, you can make the batter the night before and keep it in the refrigerator. In the morning, add in some water to make a smoother paste and prepare pancakes as you usually do. Five minutes to having an awesome brekkie!
A glass of smoothie is a brilliant way to keep you full and energetic for a long duration. Just blend yoghurt/milk with banana, strawberries, apple, or anything you love. If you are lactose intolerant, you can just add water instead of milk or yoghurt.
If you still feel hungry, make scrambled eggs, but remember to keep some gap between the two. You need to beat 3-4 eggs, add in green chilli, chopped tomatoes, onions, and coriander leaves, a pinch of salt and pour in a heated pan with a tablespoon of oil. Keep stirring it till it dries off and comes out fluffy. Sprinkle black pepper to add tang.
4. Bread Upma with a glass of fresh juice
Upma is a popular South Indian dish that makes for an excellent breakfast item. If you do not prefer upma or do not have the time to play with semolina, replace it with bread. It will take you not more than few minutes to crumble a few bread slices into a pan with fried onion and spluttered mustard seeds. A pinch of salt, chopped tomatoes, coriander leaves etc. will add flavour. Try to lightly toast the bread before adding it to the pan; this will instantly lift up the taste. You can find the complete recipe here.
To this, add a glass of fresh juice for a healthy start of the day. Don’t go for packed juices, they have unnecessary sugar and preservatives that will do you more harm than good.
5. Poha with chaach or buttermilk
This is a super quick and easy breakfast dish that tastes good and keeps your tummy filled. Though Poha (flattened rice) is a popular dish of Maharashtra, it’s liked by people across the nation. Rinse poha in a colander and let the water drain completely. Do not soak it in water for too long or else it will get sticky. In a pan, add red mustard seeds, some chopped green chillies, curry leaves onion/tomato (as per preference), turmeric, salt, and finally poha. Cook it for a minute or two and garnish with roasted peanuts, bhujia (optional) and a dash of lime. Have it with a glass of buttermilk (store-bought or homemade). This doesn’t take more than ten minutes of your time and is extremely delicious and fulfilling.
These were some of my go-to breakfast options. I hope they will be able to help you as much as they have helped me.
What are your favourite breakfast options? Let me know in the comments below!