7 Healthy Breakfast Recipes to Try During Coronavirus Lockdown
Always told yourself you will change your lifestyle to make it more healthier? Well, the coronavirus lockdown is the perfect opportunity for you to finally take on that change and make the switch to healthy foods. That begins with never skipping out on your breakfast.
Breakfast is an important meal and it is essential to make it nutritious, filling and delicious. Since it is the first meal, it preps you with energy to get through the rest of the day. Moreover, the coronavirus lockdown seems to be making people lethargic so make sure that your breakfast is packed with nutrients that fuel you rather than dimming your spirit and energy. Here are some healthy breakfast recipes you can try:
Poha can be made using ingredients like flattened rice flakes, bread or even oats. Begin with heating oil in a pan and adding mustard seeds. Once they get crackling and spluttering, toss in some sliced onions and cook them till translucent. Add in the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt (as per taste) and chopped tomatoes. Cook till the tomatoes turn soft. Add the flattened rice/bread cubes/oats with some water and let the poha simmer in a low flame till the water gets absorbed. You can top this up with crushed peanuts, pomegranate and chopped coriander.
You can make pancakes using 6-7 ingredients to as little as 2 ingredients too. Savoury to sweet, your stack of golden-brown pancakes can be any flavour that you want! For something super easy, you can make pancakes by mashing 4 over-ripe bananas, adding 2 eggs and beating them together to make a batter. These won’t be fluffy but they are sugar-free and gluten-free so make sure to eat these pancakes guilt-free! Top it up with honey (healthier alternative to maple syrup) and fresh fruits!
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Poached? Scrambled? Fried? Hard Boiled? Whichever way that you like it! Eggs are an inexpensive and rich source of proteins and fats. Start your day while you stay home with eggs cooked your way and feel energised enough to tackle the rest of the day. Make it more wholesome by adding some veggies such as tomatoes, capsicum, green chillies, onions - just make it healthy and yummy!
A bowl of freshly steamed homemade idlis topped with piping hot sambhar - sounds absolutely bliss! Idli sambhar is a healthy breakfast recipes to try during the coronavirus lockdown. Ready-made batter is easily available and you can store it for days by freezing it and only removing how much you require. Quick and easy sambhar recipes are available on various food blogging websites so you can take your pick from what suits your needs and requirements.
Quick tip: To get the idlis soft and fluffy, mix in a spoon of Eno in the batter.
Some Greek yogurt (normal yogurt will also do), chopped fruits, granola and honey - you’ve got yourself a delicious smoothie bowl! You can make granola at home using dry fruits and rolled oats. Since it is really hot and humid right now, opt for ingredients that will keep your body cool like watermelon, chia seeds, oranges, etc.
That idli batter can double up as dosa batter! All you need to do is heat up some oil on a flat pan and turn it around so that the oil spreads all around. Brush it with some water to get rid of any excess oil. Add a dollop of the batter in the middle and start spreading it in a circular motion with the back of the spoon. You will need to be a little quick so that the batter doesn’t stick to the pan before flattening it properly. Let it cook for a few minutes and once you see it browning up, try removing it from around the edges and slowly make your way to the middle. For something more filling, you can add various kinds of stuffing, ranging from spiced potatoes to fresh veggies to cheese and egg to shredded meat. Whip up some coconut chutney and enjoy your healthy breakfast during home quarantine!
Nothing beats a bowl full of fresh fruits as a healthy breakfast option and to start off your day during the coronavirus lockdown. Build a bowl that is helpful in providing different nutrients to the body - Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Potassium and Calcium. Take advantage of the season and include fruits like oranges, mangoes, watermelon and grapes. For a little something on the side in case you are having apple or pear slices, try having them with some peanut butter or almond butter - it’s really yum!
Stay home, stay safe and stay healthy!
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