Until 10 years back our Indian breakfast things were comprehensively grouped into north Indian and south Indian breakfast things, that the whole nation eaten up overall. At some point there was an ocean of change in the breakfast situation nearly in each Indian home. The Upmas and Idlis were replaced with bowlful of oats, cereal, muesli or cornflakes. These are anything but nothing much to cook, and have been proclaimed as ‘nutritious and a brilliant substitutions’ to the Indian breakfast menus. You can see increased commercials for foreign product promotions of these kind..
REALLY? But are they good for the Indian body types?
There isn’t any research or documentation to state if these breakfast such as oats are bad for the Indian body kinds. They do bring down cholesterol, help in weight reduction, remember from side effects of obstruction, control circulatory strain, and secure the resistant framework, among others.
Logically your nourishment inclinations should to be in a state of harmony with the place you live in. ‘Preferably one ought to pick sustenance that are climatically, topographically suited for the person. That implies, eat more regular grains, fresh produce and organic products that grows in the soil you live in. These are packed with the appropriate nutrients, supplements and minerals that you body needs the most,’ says Dr Bhavi Mody, Homeopath and author, Vrudhi Homeopathy and Wellness focus, Mumbai.
So would it be advisable for us to quit having our most loved bowlful of oats and cornflakes? No, yet one ought to figure out how to adjust the decisions.
‘Sometimes it is difficult to eat customized foods or the ones that grow in your state or country. People are scattered everywhere and we are now living in a global village. But it is important to strike a balance and choose to eat healthy consciously,’ says Dr Bhavi.
How can you opt for a healthy breakfast option?
Here are a few rules that you can follow to have a healthy breakfast
- If you choose to eat breakfast cereals read their labels carefully. Avoid having the ones that are high on sugar content and have artificial flavours.
- Replace your breakfast cereal with one Indian breakfast item on alternate days. Having Idli, upma, poha, parathas will give you loads of carbohydrates and minerals and help you stay satiated for long hours.
- Learn portion control. Eating excess of anything isn’t good the same goes with your Indian items and breakfast cereals.
- Avoid adding sugar in your cereals.
- When it comes to the Indian breakfast items try adding less of oil and ghee to it.
- Never miss your breakfast.
- Seasonal fruits can be a good choice for your breakfast. But have it either with cereals or a bowl of fresh fruits before breakfast.
- Eat an early breakfast to enhance your metabolism process.
On the other hand, If you’ve decided to eat healthy but don’t really like eating bland or sweet oats, cornflakes and other such ‘food for weight watchers’ recommended by dietitians, fret not there are a number Indian food items that are not only a treat to your gustatory senses but healthy as well. One such healthy South Indian dish is Idli.
Why idli is a healthy option?
A classic South Indian food – a steamed cake made with fermented rice and black gram, idlis are a great source of carbohydrates and proteins. The fermentation process increases the bio availability of proteins and enhances the vitamin B content of the food.
As it is steamed, fat content is low and it is easily digestible. Use of dal and rice in idli is a good combination as the amino acids in them complement each other.
An idli fills you up with fewer calories. According to HealthifyMe calorie counter, 1 idli contains only 65 calories
They are light and doesn’t make you feel lethargic. Moreover, idlis are made with rice, so it is difficult to digest this staple south-Indian dish. Idlis are gluten-free because they are not made with wheat. So, if you are gluten to wheat, you can have idlis over rotis or paranthas for breakfast. Idli is nutritious as it is a rich source of carbohydrates, fibres and proteins. As idlis are fermented, it becomes more protein and vitamin rich. When fermented, the bio availability of proteins and vitamins B content in the food increases. If rice makes you fat, you can make idlis with whole wheat. Whole wheat idlis aid easy weight loss, are digestible and good for diabetics. Rice can increase the blood sugar levels so, diabetics can have whole wheat idlis. This is how idlis help in weight loss and also benefits your health.
You can read more about Idli’s nutrition facts at http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/nutrition-idli-2667.html
Idlis and weight loss
This south-Indian breakfast dish is effective in weight loss. Many people witnessed that they have lost weight after eating idlis for a month. You can include this in your breakfast and as an evening snack. Idlis help in weight loss as they are steamed. Steamed food doesn’t have fat and calories that can increase your weight. Idlis should be cooked in healthy method to enjoy its weight loss benefits. Idlis are made with urad dal and rice. Thus, this south-Indian dish is easy to digest and healthy. They digest and flush out easily. Idlis if made only with rice batter can be little heavy on the stomach. Rice is one of the causes of weight gain. Moreover, just having urad dal and rice will not compensate for the other nutritional supplements that are required on a regular basis. Add some green vegetables and Indian spices to make idlis tasty and more nutritious. Idli is ideal for babies and sick people as it is very light and digest very easily.