Keep it cool, guys: A quick guide to summer breakfast

  • Snigdha Ahuja, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 12, 2016 08:20 IST

There’s no qualms about the fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Considering its the first meal that nourishes your body and brings up your energy levels, it’s best to make it special. No, we’re not talking of king-sized portions or calorific meal plans, because the summer is all about keeping it cool. While natural coolants would include fruits and vegetables that are high on water content, there’s always a way to mix it up and give a healthy-spin to staples such as oatmeal and yoghurt bowls.

“Spices such as garam masala, chillies increase body temperature, while tea and coffee are best avoided too. According to Ayurveda, there are certain foods that are ‘ hot’ in nature such as papaya. It’s better to avoid the overt consumption of these.Avoid salty, greasy, fried and fermented foods too, as these might make the body bloat,” says Amrapali Patil, fitness expert. “Junk food can never make for a summer day’s breakfast. You must avoid burgers with meat patties, fries and other oily fare. Avoid all kinds of sauces and a breakfast meal that is high on spices,” says Santosh Kumar Pandey, health expert.

Adding certain elements to your diet can help start your day on a cool note. “Go for smoothies, vegetable juices, grilled tomatoes, p​o​ha, barley upma and cucumber pancakes. These will help cut the heat out. Kokum, coconut water, pineapple and iceberg lettuce are also excellent coolants,” suggests diet specialist Dhvani Shah.

Watermelon, which is high on water content, is a great breakfast option. Lime-infused water and mint are also cooling agents.

“Add foods with high water content in them so they keep your body cool. These include cucumbers, melons, sabja seeds or basil seeds, barley water, aam panna, buttermilk, curds and coconut water. One can include these generously in the diet. Foods that should be avoided for breakfast include heavy items like paranthas, any fried stuff, puris and similar items,” says Khushboo Sahijwani, nutritionist.

Frozen breakfast options not only taste superb, they are quite the lookers too. Ditch a hot mug of porridge for overnight refrigerator oats. These oats mixed with ingredients like yoghurt, chia seeds, nut milk and summer berries can be served in mason jars and refrigerated overnight. These no-bake, no-cook frozen delights are filling, low on calories and delicious wake-me-ups for summer mornings.

Overnight refrigerated oatmeal and porridge mixes are great summer breakfast options (Pinterest/Bailey; Pinterest/KaylaItsines)

Forget what everyone told you about reserving desserts for the night. You can start your day with cooling bars and popsicles, that have no synthetic ingredients. From yoghurt and lime mixes to adding fruits like kiwis and cucumbers to create ice-bars that you can gobble down for a breakfast on-the-run, don’t be afraid to indulge in healthy-high sweet bars to kick off your mornings. Another sweet option is a parfait that includes walnuts, chopped almonds, yoghurt and berries for each layer.

Desserts are not only for dinner. You can have cacao-infused yoghurt bars and parfaits for breakfast to cool your body (and make your tastebuds happy). (Pinterest /Ashley(BakerByNature); Pinterest/Kitchen Sanctuary)

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