The saying "Eat your Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dine like a Pauper" indicates that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In this All Kurma blog, let's see why breakfast is considered the "real" meal of the day, and how the benefits of dates can make it a notch tastier, ensuring you have the breakfast of champions.
Breakfast gives you a chance to start your day right; it is a good habit for the mind and refuels your body, especially glucose, which acts as an energy booster for the day.
Adults and children, who report regularly having a healthy breakfast, are more likely to have a better daily nutrient intake and control of their body weight, and better concentration and performance, while for adults it helps control their blood sugar levels which is important in preventing diabetes.
Dates are good when taken on empty stomach. In fact, if you are the type that has little to no appetite to eat a whole hearty meal when you wake up slowly start off by having one or two dates with a cup of warm water, which will entice and whet your appetite.
Cereal alone can be quite mundane if you have it every day. Adding some dates and nuts will hype up your boring bowl of cereal. By adding dates, fruits, nuts and seeds you are adding a lot of excitement in every spoon, biting into bits of sweetness and the flavourful crunch of nuts and seeds.
Dates fruit goes well with plain yoghurt too. Our favourite is adding chopped pieces of voluptuous Medjool into yoghurt to elevate the whole taste with its fragrant and sweet caramel flavour.
If you are craving for a stack of fluffy pancakes or waffles, add in fruits of your choice (and dates too) and you can top it up with some date syrup instead of that typical syrup or honey.
Besides that, if you are not the sweet breakfast type and prefer a savoury hearty meal like toast with bacon, mushroom, sunny-side-up or omelettes complete with sausages and char veggies the sweetness of dates adds a very delectable favour over the savoury bacon, sausages or in the omelette, making it perfectly balanced.
If you prefer your breakfast with a bowl of greens or fruits, Bingo! Dates fit right in too, in fact the nutritional value of dates puts it right at the top with other greens and fruits that are rich in vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre.
Growing up Asian, many of us love our fried rice in the morning. Again, adding some dried fruit like chopped dates and raisins will make your scrumptious fried rice taste a lot more exciting and colourful.
Breakfast is heavily associated with coffee and tea. Now here's something you can try. Having a glass of warm date syrup can be as flavourful, equally satisfying and energizing, minus all the caffeine that will leave your body feeling sluggish by the end of the day.
There are plenty of ideas on dates. We can soak some dates in milk overnight and have it in the morning to get a sweet, flavourful cup of milk or blending some pitted dates in regular milk to hype the flavour and nutrition. Apart from that, dates are also good for your morning smoothie.
Dr Hana Kahleova, lead author and clinical research physician said, "Eating a large breakfast reduces hunger cravings, especially for sweets and fats thus counteracting weight gain", to maintain a healthy weight people should eat breakfast and lunch, skip supper, avoid snacks, and make breakfast the largest meal of the day.
Dates are considered one of the fruits suitable for all ages. Of course, as a precaution, only serve pitted dates to your toddler. Alas, moderation is the key here, a good planned out breakfast can be especially beneficial, providing you with better energy, stamina and mood to sail through the hectic day.
Now that we've highlighted the significance of a good breakfast, you have plenty of excuses NOT to skip it. Make a promise to start a new month by having your breakfast like a champion!
Now that you've gotten your dose of upDates! Till our next date, Eat Fresh and Stay Well, only from All Kurma