“Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dine like a Pauper” is a well-known saying in most homes and schools. How does it work? How does a king eat? How does a prince eat? Do paupers even eat?! In this very fast world, breakfast has become an almost forgotten meal for everybody. Be it a school going child or old men and women, brunch and lunch are mostly the first meals of the day. Even worse, some youngsters confuse the  phrases “skipping meals” and “losing weight.” Mind you, they are not the same.

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The most important point that has to be noted by all the fitness freaks and weight conscious people is that, only a combination of exercise and regular, balanced meal can help you lose weight. Lots of work out sessions and a glass of milk or a banana at the end of the day will not help you achieve anything but a bad metabolism and an unhealthy body. There is also a converse to this. Some people who make up their minds to lose weight all of a sudden without any diet plan, often end up working out for five days in a week and hog as much as possible on the sixth day and they call it “cheat day.” Who are they cheating? Think about it. Keep your body fit only by regular intake of proper, healthy balanced food and fixed workout timings.

So, why is breakfast that important? King of all meals they say. Why is it so? Some lucky people, get 7-8 hours of sleep these days and the other manage to shut their system for at least four or five hours. After having that break, your brain needs some fuel to kick start the new day. Healthy, rich, nutritious breakfast is like adding ‘premium petrol’ to your car. Your breakfast plate must essentially contain a chunk of carb, approximately a cup of protein and lots of water. Try to supplement your breakfast with a bowl of fruits. Eating a good breakfast prevents you from munching snacks in between meals and thus helps you lose more weight.

Some people are just bored of adding milk to their cereals or are tired of making batter for their pancakes or dosas. Try making every meal different. Try roasting a handful of oats, toss in some nuts and dry fruits. Add milk to this and chop your favourite fruits and add them to this. Make your diet delicious and have a happy start to your day instead of boring your body with the same old corn flakes and idlis.

Kids are the most important people in the family who need breakfast. They have a lot of development under process in their bodies. So, it is important that you give them first priority when it comes to breakfast. Most of us know how unimpressed kids can become when you give them oats. Do not lose your heart. There is a simple recipe you can try and impress your kids with.

Ingredients:
1. 2 eggs
2. 2 slices of bread
3. ½ tbspn butter
4. Salt and pepper to taste
5. Finely chopped onions

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Procedure:
step one: take a slice of bread and cut out a small portion of its middle part (square shaped)
step two: follow step one for the second slice.
step three: beat the eggs in a bowl and add the finely chopped onions to it and mix well with salt and pepper.
step four: spread butter on a pan place the bread slices.
step five: fill the middle empty portion of the bread with the egg mixture and keep it closed for it to cook
step six: turn it over carefully and let it cook for 2 minutes and serve hot.

This is a very easy dish that most kids will really like. It contains the right amount of protein, carbohydrates and fat that a child needs every morning. This can be supplemented with a glass of milk.

I know it’s pretty hard for the mothers these days to wake up in the morning, cook breakfast, lunch and sometimes even dinner for the family, feed herself and then run off to work. It is hectic. Make note of recipes that are time saving and nutritious.  Cook them efficiently. Get the help of your children and tell them about the importance of every meal. Have hearty conversations when you make food and when you eat them with your family. Studies say that, hearty talks during meals can be much healthier than eating meals alone.

Make your day bright and happy with a healthy, stomach filling breakfast. Do not count calories when you are making a healthy, rich meal. An average man needs around 2500 kcals per day. So make the most out of it. Most importantly, know what you are eating and enjoy what you eat. You needn’t eat like a king to enjoy your breakfast, eat like a man who loves food and enjoys every spoonful of it. Be it any meal of the day, make sure you eat the right amount and the right food.