In India, Poshan Maah is celebrated in September to raise public awareness about nutrition and healthy eating habits. This month is celebrated to make people understand the importance of nutrition and favorable eating habits so that they can maintain a healthy lifestyle. Poshan Maah is a reminder for people to stop and assess lifestyle choices for themselves and their families while acknowledging the need for people to take drastic measures to ensure their health is protected.
When it comes to nutrition, all meals should be nutrient-dense, although breakfast is often called the ‘most important meal of the day’, and for good reason. As the name suggests, breakfast breaks up the overnight fasting period. It replenishes the supply of glucose to boost energy levels and alertness, while also providing other essential nutrients needed for good health. Hence, it is imperative to make sure to eat right to maintain your energy level, stay healthy and eat healthy to keep yourself away from eating unhealthy snacks throughout the day.
Ritika Samaddar, Regional Head-Dietetics, Max Healthcare, Delhi These three healthy yet delicious foods are listed below that one can include in their breakfast and make it a wholesome meal:
You should start your day by including a handful of almonds in your diet. Almonds are a source of 15 rich nutrients like Vitamin E, Magnesium, Protein, Riboflavin, Zinc etc. Additionally, almonds are a rich source of protein, a nutrient that is not only energy-giving but is also known to contribute to growth and maintenance of muscle mass. Research suggests that a daily serving of almonds (30 g/23 almonds) can improve both short-term and long-term markers of blood sugar control in people with uncomplicated type 2 diabetes. It is also believed that when almonds are consumed with food, the monounsaturated fatty acids in almonds help to slow the release of glucose into the bloodstream, thereby preventing a sudden rise in blood sugar levels. So, one must adopt this healthy nut and add almonds to their cereals or add them to their bowl of oats/porridge or just eat a handful to enjoy a delicious breakfast!
Locally produced berries like strawberries, raspberries, mulberries etc. are delicious and full of antioxidants. Most are high in fiber, which promotes fullness. In fact, raspberries provide an impressive 8 grams of fiber per cup. In fact, one cup of berries contains only 50 to 85 calories, depending on which type of berry you consume. Berries can be mixed with Greek yogurt or cottage cheese to make a delicious snack. They are packed with antioxidants which make them a great option to start one’s day well.
You can experiment a lot with curd. It is actually known to be good for bones and also helps in weight loss. It contains potassium and zinc which helps in controlling blood pressure and builds immunity.