When life revolves around a table and chair for the most part of the day — thanks to school and even other activities from home – the obvious conclusion is meals on the desk, especially breakfast. With so much of working/studying on the desk and eating alongside being the norm in pandemic life, it’s better to rechristen ‘breakfast’ as ‘deskfast’. Sounds more relatable.... doesn’t it? So, what are the ideal ‘deskfast’ options that are non-fussy, nutritious, and delicious?
Nutritionist Ritika Samaddar’s take on ‘deskfast’ is simple: “Ideal healthy first meal of the day should have three food groups like dairy (milk) along with cereal and fruit or cereal with non-veg and vegetables. Good options are milkshake (milk + banana + handful of nuts like almonds) or egg roll or paneer roll or paneer/tofu sandwich/egg sandwich (recipe).”
Quick morning bites
Nutritious morning snacking (on those super busy days when you have back-to-back classes) can help you in staying full for longer periods of time. Remember, a growling tummy keeps you distracted and may not let you focus well on your lessons. In case the food is delayed for some reason or the other (your parent on a work call, helper arriving late), you can fix it yourself. Check out these easy ideas.
- Pair whole-wheat bread with a slice of cheese or hummus.
- Have baby carrots/chopped cucumber/celery with dressing.
- Spread peanut butter on apple or banana slices.
- Chop fruits and sprinkle a pinch of rock salt over it.
- Your sugar cravings can be satiated with frozen yoghurt, plain yoghurt filled with chopped banana and some dry fruits, like raisins and date.
In changing weather...
Now that there is a nip in the air, it’s essential to have some warming foods, like eggs and nuts in the morning or mid-morning. “Egg is a must, so are a handful of nuts – both give energy to the body and most of the nutrients and protein. Include fluids like milk or milkshake or a glass of home-made juice to stay adequately hydrated and nourished,” advises Samaddar. Notably, lack of adequate hydration can lead to confused thinking and irritability, according to health experts. So, eat healthy and drink healthy.