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Breakfast-the Meal That Broke the Fast

Updated on May 21, 2020
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Autor is a diet consultant with 5 years of experience as a clinical dietitian. She loves to share her knowledge of dietetics to help others.


To have a nutritious breakfast is one of the most important dietary habits one should follow. It is known as the longest “fast” of the day, in other words, "the night-time fast".It should provide 25% of the total energy and other nutrients required by the body. A perfect breakfast should comprise a combination of carbohydrates, protein, and fiber. For making it more healthy one should make sure for adding whole grains, good fat, and good quality of protein in it.

How Important Is To Have Breakfast Every Day?

Regularly having breakfast helps in the avoidance of hunger later in the morning and less likely to be hungry for snacks. It is a marker for an appropriate dietary pattern. So it is very important that one should have breakfast every morning.

What Are The Nutritional Benefits of Taking Breakfast Regularly?

The benefits of taking breakfast regularly leads to lower the percentage of fat in the body. It maintains body weight, lower blood cholesterol, and lower the chances of heart disease and diabetes. Having breakfast regularly will boost your metabolism. It also greatly influence cognitive performance in studies, it is observed that it increased the ability to solve mathematical problems

What is a healthy breakfast?

A healthy breakfast should contain 45-50 % of calories from carbohydrates and 20-25 % from protein and about 25-30 % from good fats. At least 5 grams of fiber should be included in breakfast as fruits /salads/whole grains etc.

"Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper".

How Can We Enrich Our Breakfast With Nutrients?

We can add gram flours or powdered nuts to dough or batters to enrich its nutrient content. Adding whole milk, eggs, yogurts in pancake mix surely increase calcium and protein content.And by stuffing vegetables in parathas/roti will ensure once fiber intake. Mixing up foodstuff surely helps to add quality intake of food in picky eaters.

How Can We Make Most Nutritious Breakfast at Affordable Budget?

Seasonal and locally available foods can be used for making it cost-effective/affordable. You can choose seasonal fruits and vegetables for making dishes. Breakfast like"poha", "upma", "dhokla" can be easily made with simple almost available ingredients in our kitchen, and this won't cost much also. The millet” Ragi” is known as “Poor man’s milk”, because it is very cheap and loaded with calcium and iron. One can try making "dosa", "upma", or even make porridge with that.

Is There Any Fat Burning Food For Breakfast?

Many people wish if there is such a thing which really helps in weight loss but it is yet to invent. There are many replacements shakes with reduced calories and low fat percentage in the market. But before opting for that one should consult with a doctor or dietitian.

Taking a diet in low carbohydrates helps to reduce weight. Superfoods like green tea/herbal tea can boost your metabolism which will lead you to lose weight. Ignore anybody who claims that there is a magical pill/drink to lose weight.

The best foods for burning fat are to fill with protein and fiber-rich food. Taking superfoods like spirulina before breakfast will give satiety because of its high protein content and will not feel drowsiness while on the low carb diet.

What Happens If You Skips Breakfast?

Skipping breakfast can imbalance your body’s rhythm. Early morning when you wake up our blood sugar levels and cognitive performance are usually dull and having breakfast is the best way to replenish it.

In an observational study children and adolescents tend to skip breakfast due to lack of time and lack of appetite. And one of the reasons among adolescents is the concern about their body weight.

If you skip your breakfast you are not going to get all the micro and macronutrients which you needs for the day’s performance. You will feel drowsy, less performing all day. You may have a tendency to go for snacks and fizzy drinks which are very low in fiber and vitamin content and high in trans fats and sugar which can lead to all types of lifestyle diseases like diabetes , hypertension, infertility, cancer, and obesity.

Whenever you skip breakfast try a nutritious snack such as fresh fruit, Spanish omelets, vegetable sandwich, oats porridge to help you throughout the day.

What Are The Disadvantages of Skipping Breakfast?

Skipping breakfast can lead to irritability and mood swings. It can also cause a severe headache. It adversely affects menstrual disorders like dysmenorrhea in the woman. Will put a lot of weight, which slowly leads to obesity and then to other major disorders. It can make you feel low energetic, low concentration, and hormonal stress.

Current Trends In The Kinds of Breakfast Item in Market

  1. Whole grain cereals-Which means it has the bran in it and it is loaded with fiber content and have a very low glycemic index( a scale used to rate the absorption of carbohydrate in food to raise the glucose levels in the blood)

  2. Multigrain formulation-It is a combination of two or more grains in one product. Most likely it has millets, legumes, ancient grains like "Navara", Nuts, amaranthus, soya beans, etc. Mostly it is marketed as 7-grain mix / 9-grain mix.
  3. Fortified breakfast cereals-It is mainly considered for children and it is fortified with certain vitamins/minerals like A and C, iron, and calcium to increase the nutrient content and to get rid of deficiencies. Fortification means nutrients which are not naturally available on food but are added to it to enhance nutrition.
  4. Organic food/Non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism)-They are free from pesticide, artificial livestock feeds, food additives, and preservatives. Usually, baby food cereals are made out of organically grown ingredients.
  5. Gluten-free-Gluten comes from the Latin word "glue" as it becomes sticky when contact with water. It is a protein found in wheat, oats, and rye. It can cause allergic symptoms like diarrhea, irritability, depression, and anemia .so this is purposefully made for people with gluten intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome.
  6. Keto friendly-These types of foods are basically high in protein and low in carbohydrates. There are keto cookies, smoothies, keto bars, and keto atta(wheat flour) in the market. mostly used as a replacement to regular breakfast cereals for weight loss.
  7. Low sugar/sugar free-It contains sugar substitutes other than natural sugar. The commonly used sugar substitutes are "Sucralose" a derivative sugar, "Stevia" and "Aspartame". But it is not considered healthy. Though it has fewer calories than natural sugar, long term usage can harm your kidneys.It can be considered for short term plans like attaining weight goals

Sample Healthy Breakfast Combo

1. Idly/Dosa -3 (no) + Sambar and Green chutney (1/2 cup)

2. Porridges/Cornflakes/Wheat flakes (1 1/2 cup) +Milk (200 ml) and Dried fruits and Nuts (1 Tbsp)

3.Vegetable Poha /Upma with microgreens (1 cup) + Poached/Fried egg (1no)

4.Grilled vegetable sandwich (1 portion) +milk(200 ml) or Boiled egg (1 no)

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 Cijini Manoj


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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      10 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      The breakfast should be sumptuous and one can cut down in lunch and dinner.

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      Cijini Manoj 

      14 months ago from Kerala

      Thank you sir...for your consideration to read my article.

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      14 months ago from MANGALORE

      Cijini Manoj, you have well pointed out that A perfect breakfast should comprise a combination of carbohydrates, protein, and fiber. A good breakfast in the morning gives good energy and mood to work throughout the day. Nowadays children have more affinity towards junk foods, which makes them drowsy and leads to obesity.

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      Cijini Manoj 

      14 months ago from Kerala

      tank you Sneha for your support....

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      Cijini Manoj 

      14 months ago from Kerala

      Dear risha...we all have a crave for junk food.. including whenever you like to have maggi try to make in another can simply cook wheat based plain noodles or rice noodles and cook with vegetables and your favourite masalas . it can be garam masala or any other of your favourite choice...making such simple changes surely helps in maintaining our health...

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      Risha Khan 

      14 months ago from Bhilai, Chhattisgarh

      There are some days when I skip breakfast. Thanks to your article, I am now aware of its disadvantages. I love to have poha, upma,pasta and sabudana khichdi in my breakfast. And when I am too lazy, I go for Maggi. I know it is not healthy, but sometimes I can't help it

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      Cijini Manoj 

      14 months ago from Kerala

      Not much familiar with Malaysian dishes, but coconut milk rice is a superb thing with combination of lentils and salads... I too like it very much.Thank you for your feedback...

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      14 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      having nasi lemak, coconut milk rice is the heaviest breakfast in malaysia, but lots of people love this meal because it could last until lunch time without taking any tea time snacks

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      Cijini karan 

      14 months ago

      thank you, Sneha... for your support

    • Sneha Bhat profile image

      Sneha Bhat 

      14 months ago from India

      Wow madam, briefly explained us the importance of breakfast along with few tips too... Informative article madam...

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      Cijini karan 

      14 months ago

      Hey thank you nikhil....having breakfast at the right time is important for one's overall don't skip your breakfast at any cost.....

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      Nikhil Sharma 

      14 months ago from India

      This is a really unique and useful article for me on the importance of breakfast. If I talk about myself, my mom generally prepares typical North-Indian foods like veggies, rice, grains, etc. But sometimes, for a different taste, she also makes idli with sambar, or fast foods like macaroni, etc.

      But, I usually have one full glass of milk regularly every day. I think it helps me maintain the proper calcium in my body, and also maintains required metabolism. And I strongly recommend that everyone should have breakfast, at least a little bit. I've read somewhere that it helps to avoid serious problems like heart attacks.

      I appreciate you for sharing such an informative article with us, Ms. Cijini. I can't wait to read your next article.

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      Cijini karan 

      14 months ago

      Thank you sir... your comments add value to my content...

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      14 months ago from South India

      Really a good information for me. Breakfast from the dietitians perspective was really worth for a common man. One can plan his daily eating based on nutrition and physiological points in mind. Once we have a good breakfast in the morning, then the whole day will be energetic and pleasant. Thank you for the information for article, Ms Cijini.

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      Cijini karan 

      14 months ago

      Ya surely will write soon about kids nutrition thank you suchi and Vikram...for your comments...

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      14 months ago from India

      Thanks for sharing such an important article.I always see breakfast like breaking the fast after a long night.So it should be delicious,healthy.As the entire day is going to depend on this.I love dosa,upma, oats.Please mention some good breakfast tips for my 2year old.

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      Vikram Brahma 

      14 months ago from Assam, India

      Hey Cijini this is nice article and I was not aware of the current trends about breakfast. I never thought such things exist. I like upma, poha and idly a lot. When I was in Hyderabad I enjoyed eating idly a lot. I like sambar also a lot, this is South Indian equal to dal. We are from North East India but our parents really like South Indian dishes especially dosa. But I can idly more. Thanks for sharing so much about breakfast.


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