New Delhi: Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. Not only does consuming a filling breakfast help in keeping sugar cravings and overeating at bay, but it also sets the tone of the day. A healthy, tasty breakfast can really help to start the day on a good note. Breakfast is also an important meal for people with diabetes, as fasting through the night and not consuming breakfast, while taking medicines for regulating blood sugar can lead to sugar levels dropping way below normal.
Sprouted grains are a great food item to include in your breakfast. They are extremely beneficial for people who are trying to lose and manage weight. Here is how you can consume them for weight loss.
Sprout salads are the most common, and widely eaten breakfast, especially in India. Sprouts are basically seeds that germinate and become very young plants. They are of various types like the bean sprouts, pea sprouts, vegetable sprouts, nuts and seeds sprouts, etc.
All of them can be consumed on a weight loss diet. The sprouts are very high in nutrients due to the sprouting process. The sprouting makes them even rich in protein, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, vitamin C, vitamin K.
They are rich in fibre, protein, and low in calories, which makes them suitable food for weight loss. According to the International Sprout Grower’s Association, 3 ounces (which is equal to 85 g), which are more than enough for one person’s appetite, contains only 30 calories. 100 g of bean sprouts contains only 23 calories.
How to consume sprouts for weight loss?
You can pick whichever sprouts you would like, as all of them are low-calorie, high-fibre foods. Mix a few chopped veggies like onions, tomatoes, green chillies, capsicum, or any other that you would like. Add salt and black pepper, and lemon juice. Mix well and eat as standalone breakfast, or as a side dish.
Consuming a sprouts salad for breakfast will help keep you satiated for long, almost until lunch. It will help reduce overeating, or sugar cravings, which happen if sugar levels drop too low. Sprouts salad can also be used as a mid-day or evening snack.