Have you ever felt clueless as to what to eat for breakfast and sometimes feel like skipping the breakfast thingy all together? Yet breakfast is the most important meal of the day, at least that’s what science says. An average Nigerian just like me consumes a ton of carbohydrate filled starch group portions at every meal. This in relation to other food groups is too high. Bread is a go-to breakfast for most Nigerians but according to nutritionists a standard meal for a healthy individual should be one that comprises all the food groups so here’s five different bread combinations for a healthy breakfast.
- Banana Bread +fresh fruit + Greek Yogurt
Whole-grain banana bread is the best way to go because the whole grain has high nutritive value. Combining a slice or two of banana bread with fresh fruit and a cup of Greek yogurt would make for a standard healthy breakfast. Banana bread is a great bread meal however a lot of the shop-bought banana bread tend to be high in calories and so it is advisable to make your banana bread at home. When baking your homemade banana bread there are a few things to keep in mind: whole grain flour is a better option than refined white flour also healthy fats like nuts and olive oil are a better ingredient than butter or shortening.
- Toast Bread guacamole (avocado dip) and eggs.
I am such an avocado lover and I really think that nothing tastes better than avocado on bread. This breakfast option is fast and easy. Just pop your bread into the toaster and serve with a dollop of avocado-based dip. Avocados are a superfood with lots of health benefits. Toast bread and guacamole can be served with boiled eggs or eggs “fried” on low heat with olive oil.
- Plain slices and a side Salad tea/coffee + tuna pieces
Everyone loves bread really and a lot of us are much accustomed to eating plain bread. This is fine, however eating plain bread makes it easy to just keep eating bread until you finish an entire loaf and this is bad. Excess carbohydrates are detrimental to health. The appropriate serving size of bread is 3-4 slices per day. Plain bread is best eaten with vegetables in order to make you feel full faster and also supply your body with much-needed fiber. Talk about a win-win situation. That’s why you should rather make a salad to have with plain bread. You can also include bits of tuna or sardine. These go nicely with tea or coffee.
- Milk Roll/Buns, mixed vegetables, and tea
Hot bread buns make a great breakfast especially on cold mornings served with tea and the next thing you know you are in a different place. I like to add in some mixed vegetables finely chopped and spiced with a dash of dried herbs spices. In case you don’t like your vegetables raw you can steam them for a bit before spicing up.
Sandwiches combine all the food groups in one portable meal. They are quite possibly the fastest and easiest breakfast option.
How do you like your bread served? I will like to know. Do you bake your bread from scratch at home or just go to the store to buy one or go to a bakery to buy the freshly baked bread?