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Healthy breakfast options

The best way to begin the morning is by drinking water, not tea, as we do. After drinking water, you can have your tea or coffee, though ideally you should drink light herbal tea in the morning. Read on...

health and fitness Updated: Jun 26, 2010 17:51 IST
Shikha Sharma

DietLast week, I explained how your constitution affects the way you eat. Today, I shall give you some tips on the best breakfasts according to your constitution.

The best way to begin the morning is by drinking water, not tea, as we do. In summer, we should drink room temperature water (in the old days, people would drink water that had been kept overnight in a silver or copper vessel, for their health benefits); in winter you should drink warm water. It gets the gut and bowels moving and hydrates the system. After drinking water, you can have your tea or coffee, though ideally you should drink light herbal tea in the morning and keep the stronger beverages for the late afternoon.Breakfast options depending upon your personal constitution and the weather.

VATA Begin with a heavy fruit, such as a banana, about 15 minutes before breakfast. To get the best value from fruit, do not combine it with a cereal. Summer breakfast: Flavoured rose milk or thandai, steamed appams or idlis. Or cold coffee plus a multigrain sandwich with a filling of tomatoes and cheese. French toast, raisin bread, fruit yogurt are other options.

PITTA In summer, try juice made with cucumber / petha / lauki / tomatoes, with 2 gms of amla powder. Plus barley dosa / barley or channa sattu mixed with lassi. Fruit like masumbi and papaya. Or papaya and a fruit platter, cold coffee with muesli and milk / yogurt.

KAPHA The kapha constitution cannot digest a big breakfast, so a light breakfast works best in both seasons. You should also avoid dairy products in the morning. Try herbal tea with ginger (ginger awakens the digestion), fruits like apple, pineapple, pear and papaya, followed by five badams, one anjeer and some sprouts.

Note: If you’re on a diet, avoid cheese, butter, fruit preserves, curd, parathas.