“There is no meal more important than breakfast”, “Have breakfast like the champions do”, “Breakfast is a must!”… How many times have we all heard that?

Yes, breakfast should be given importance too, after all our bodies were fasting for an average of 7 hours before being awoken, so it’s only logical that what we feed our bodies next is what is thoroughly devoured, absorbed and catalyzes the day’s metabolic activity.

Unfortunately most of us ignore the impact that breakfast has on our health. Cereal boxes that scream ‘eat me’ from the shelves of the packaged foods aisle, magazine covers that tease us with images of photo-shopped bodies promoting products that claim nutrition and protein in a flavored smoothie, creatively packaged breakfast bars that fool you with their pretty wrapping, and brown-ink dyed bread that looks so brown it must be healthy- they’re everywhere; their stylish fonts and statistical bullshit hypnotizing us into believing their marketing gimmicks. Instead of a ‘healthy’ cereal that disguises sugar and empty calories, or a protein shake that gives you more gas than muscle, or the brown bread convicted of fraud while smothered in crunchy peanut butter, opt instead for dishes filled with real nutrition, energy, vitamins and minerals.

My favorite go-to breakfast dish is the marriage of soaked Chia seeds and homemade yoghurt, mixed with fresh fruit. It is quick, easy and delicious, in addition to being a glamorous way to start the morning. I imagine serving Chia seeds when Sabyasachi comes home to have breakfast with me. Maybe I would even add a basil leaf as garnishing when that breakfast happens.

Chia seeds have been all over the nutrition scene recently, recommended by health bloggers, doctors and my Instagram feed of celebrity nutritionists. After doing my research and experimenting by consuming a tablespoon of Chia seeds a day for two months, I went online and liked the official account of the Chia seeds fan club community Facebook page. It was official- I became a proud preacher. Not only does Chia seeds contain all the essential amino acids that make it a source of complete plant protein, but it also contains omega-3, fatty acids, fibre, potassium, magnesium and antioxidants. Imagine, Superman in a seed that you get to eat.

I soak a tablespoon of Chia seeds overnight in water, and in the morning mix it with homemade yoghurt and fresh fruits. I add some sparkle by sprinkling powdered flax, sunflower and sesame seeds over the fruit. The homemade yoghurt gives me my probiotic boost for the day while the fruit and seeds pack in the energy, protein, vitamins and minerals.

None of us are going to get healthier or fitter for as long as we stay slaves to the marketing world and forget to read in-between the ingredient lines. Eat consciously, eat mindfully and eat your Chia.

Note: Though Chia seeds can be eaten raw, I prefer to soak mine overnight because they can absorb up to 10 times their weight in water, which helps flush toxins out of our guts and hydrates our colon. I also prefer to have my Chia seeds with homemade yoghurt, but you can use packaged unsweetened, unflavored, real yoghurt if you are sure that it contains active probiotics.

P.S: To know more about the health benefits of chia seeds and why you need to start having it daily, click here. 

P.S: For your convenience, by clicking on the underlined product, you will automatically be redirected to the website where I buy them from or from where you can learn more about them.

2 photographs taken by the extremely talented and patient Nithin Barath and the other 2 taken by Ishika Sachdev for TBR 

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