Hey guys! I hope everyone is well and staying healthy. Quarantine has been an adventure to say the least- as I imagine it has been for a lot of people! Also, these days it’s very tempting to sit on the couch all day watching Netflix and binge eating. I think in these difficult times when unchecked and unmonitored things seems pretty convenient , we must take care of our health. A healthy diet is particularly important now than ever before. Regular exercise and proper food will not only help you build immunity but also keep your weight in check. I know the current period is filled with uncertainities but we can always ensure to eat healthy and stay positive during this lockdown. I know it’s easier said than done but why to gain unhealthy weight by getting stressed. Instead, let’s channelise our energy towards healthier and happier us! And, with a little bit of creativity and effort, you can be on your way to be a healthier YOU.
1. Banana Pancakes
Pancakes get a reputation for not being healthy. But, it’s just the flour you need to play with! So, here are my gluten free, protein packed Banana chickpea pancakes.
INGREDIENTS: 1 cup gram flour, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 banana, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp cinnamon powder, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp jaggery, 2 eggs.
Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix everything together until there are no lumps. Brush olive oil in a non-stick pan and put a little batter onto it. Cook it for a minute. You’d see tiny bubbles appear, flip and let it cook for another minute until golden brown. Tada your easy-peasy pancakes are ready! Top it with whatever you like. I used banana, apples, walnuts, raisins and drizzled with honey and cinnamon powder.
2. Apple Beetroot Smoothie
INGREDIENTS: 1 apple, 1 beetroot, 1/2 carrot, few spinach leaves, 1/2 bowl of water, 2 tbsp yoghurt , 10-12 almonds.
Put all the above things except almonds in a blender. Blend them together and put it in a bowl. Garnish with crushed almonds.
3. Avocado Egg Toast
INGREDIENTS: 2 slices of multigrain bread, 1/4 mashed avocado, 1 tsp lemon juice, chilly flakes, black peppeer, black sesame seeds, 2 semi boiled eggs.
Grill the bread on a pan, spread the mashed avocado, sprinkle black pepper, chilly flakes and sesame seeds on it. Enjoy with boiled eggs.
4. Veggie Uttapam
INGRIDIENTS: 8-10 spinach leaves, 1 cucumber, 1/2 carrot and beetroot, 1 inch ginger,1/2 cup gram flour, salt and pepper for taste, 1/4 cup dosa batter
Grate all these veggies except spinach. Don’t fine chop spinach, just roughly chop with your hands and put it in the bowl with everything else. Put salt, pepper and give it a good mix. Needn’t add water because the water from veggies is good enough. Heat a pan and brush it with some olive oil. Gently spread the batter onto the pan and your veggie pancake is ready to be served. You can eat it just like that or with mint coriander chutney.
5. Overnight Banana Oats
INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup rolled oats, chia seeds(optional), 1 banana, cinnamon (optional)but it tastes really good with this combination, 1tbsp peanut butter to give it a creamy texture, 1/2 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice).
METHOD: Add all the above ingredients to a glass jar or a bowl and stir well to mix it properly, refrigerate overnight. Next day, enjoy your delicious jar of goodness. You can top it with your favorite nuts, fruits and add more milk if it’s too thick.
6. Bajra & Besan Parantha
INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup bajra flour, 1/2 cup besan flour, 1 cup green coriander, 1/2 tsp mango powder, 1 tsp cumin seeds, salt to taste, 2 tbsp curd.
METHOD: Mix all of the above ingredients and knead it into smooth dough. Don’t chop the green coriander, just roughly break it with your hands. This helps in binding the dough once you make it into rotis/flatbread. And make it the way you make any other parantha, use desi ghee for authentic taste. Serve hot, relish this with curd and more ghee if you want!
7. Paneer Besan Chilla
INGREDIENTS: 1 cup besan, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/2 onion chopped, 1/2 cup grated paneer, 1/4 cup tomato, 1 green chilly, 1/2 cup green coriander, 1/4 cup curd.
Add all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them together. You may add more curd to make the consistency light. Heat a non-stick pan and brush olive oil. Put some batter onto it and spread gently. Flip when it turns golden brown and cook the other side for another minute. Serve hot with the dip of your choice.
8. Nutty Fruit Bowl
INGREDIENTS: chopped watermelon, kiwi, orange, banana, melon, apples, fresh pineapple chunks, pear, fresh mint leaves, almonds, pistachios, walnuts, raisins. You may add fruits and nuts of your choice.
In a bowl combine all the above ingredients together and garnish with mint leaves.
9. Kiwi Pomegranate Salad
INGREDIENTS: 1/4 cup cottage cheese, pumpkin seeds, almonds, raisins, walnuts, kiwi, apple, pomegranate, baby spinach and 2 boiled eggs.
Add all the ingredients together, give it a good mix and tada your super healthy salad is ready!
10. Mushroom Cheese Omelette
INGREDIENTS: 1 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms, grated cheese of your choice, roughly chopped spinach and coriander leaves, 2 beaten eggs, salt to taste
METHOD: Heat olive oil in non-stick pan, add mushrooms and spinach, fry till golden brown. Put it in a bowl and mix it with coriander and cheese. Now, place the pan again and put the beaten eggs onto the pan. Cook for a minute and add the mushroom mix over one half of the omelette. Flip the omelette to cover the mushrooms. Cook for a minute or two until light brown. Lift onto a plate and serve hot.
And, always remember that it’s all about making a conscious effort to maintain a healthy routine. Let’s make “I want to be healthy mentally and physically” as our goal and mantra of life. So, that’s all for now, hope you enjoy these amazing breakfast options and boost your weight loss with these wholesome recipes. And let me know if you’ve other interesting breakfast ideas. Stay positive, stay healthy and take good care of yourself!