Well, that was an audible growl. Considering that lunch was three hours ago, and dinner isn’t until 9 – you have a good reason to be hungry at 4 PM. Most of us are used to the long gaps between meals by now, but the food science and your mom will tell you that’s not a good thing. You consciously stray away from that samosa and chai – as hard as it is, because you are trying your best to stay healthy.
Best Early Brekkie Menu
We’ve got some good news – you no longer have to exercise that extreme amount of self-control anymore. With some minor alterations, you can make your 4 PM break a healthy and beneficial one. It’s called sensible snacking, boys and girls! Here’s how:
Admit it – the last time you ate a kiwi fruit was probably when it was atop the whipped cream on the cake. But this underrated fruit has much more value than just as cake garnish. It is a rich source of Vitamin C, K, E and carotenoids, and has the right amount of dietary fiber that will complement your lunch. If you’re not a fan of the acidic nature it leaves on your tongue, you can always pair it with a sandwich (brown bread) or some yogurt. Still healthier than your Cheese Sandwich!
Yes, popcorn. While this might be hard to come by at 4 PM since you’re not in a movie and we’re not referring to the microwave packets, it’s still worth the effort. Popcorn can be healthy when the kernels are popped in a pressure cooker with olive oil, and not paired with a Large Coke. Popcorn provides whole grains, fiber, and antioxidants. It also has one of the highest levels of polyphenols – a type of chemical found in plant foods that help neutralize free radicals, those nasty little bad guys that damage your cells and contribute to rapid aging. Just make sure it’s natural – not processed!
Of course, we mean the dry fruit, not the social convention. The sticky, sweet fruit of the palm tree is naturally high in sugar, fiber, protein, vitamins (A, K & B6) and minerals. Dates are easily digested by the body, allowing full use of their goodness. The dietary fiber in dates also helps move waste smoothly through your colon and helps prevent LDL (bad) cholesterol absorption. Eating a moderate amount daily can also protect against damage to cells from free radicals, prevent a stroke, coronary heart disease and the development of colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers. And here’s the best part – they’re really filling! 3 or 4 are enough to satiate your tummy.
If you’re the kind who finds themselves frequently hungry, this one’s probably the answer for you. Hard-boil 2-3 eggs (preferably only the egg white) and serve it to yourself with light garnishing (salt and pepper will do the trick). Eggs are the best source of Vitamin A, B5, B12 and B2, choline (used to build cell membranes0, antioxidants and they raise the good cholesterol in your body. They also induce the feeling of fullness. Eggs are the healthiest sort of protein, inexpensive and easy to grab on-the-go – that’s really all you can ask for!
The fruit that’s become a fad, avocado is the good kind of fat full of fiber and vitamins. This nutritious guacamole is abundant in Vitamins K, C, B5, and B6, loaded with antioxidants and contains more potassium than bananas. The good kind of fat in avocados is nothing more than oleic acid – the main reason for the health benefits of olive oil. The fat in avocados will help you absorb nutrients from plant foods. So make it into a paste, chop it like a salad or pop it raw – a little avocado goes a long way!
6. Dark Chocolate
Yep, you heard us. Dark chocolate is one the best sources of antioxidants on the planet and can improve health and reduce the risk of heart disease. Dark chocolate has a healthy amount of iron, fiber, magnesium and improves blood flow. The bioactive compounds in the dark chocolate are great for your skin and also control blood sugar. Dark chocolate also contains the bromine, which has been shown to harden tooth enamel. Unlike other sweets, this lowers your risk of getting cavities! It’s true – never underestimate the power of chocolate.
This was our list of best Brekkie menu you need to try. If you have anything to share then do let us know in the comments below.