Breakfast is undeniably the most important meal of the day. The name says it all! “Break-Fast”, cause you’re breaking the all-night fast (induced by the night long sleeping activity dummy!). The stomach and body are starved for some fuel to get recharged and get set for the new day.
Science says that breakfast should never be skipped for this very reason. Depriving your body of vital nourishment after a long break is nothing short of folly! Eating a nutrient packed and filling breakfast is the key to a good day ahead.
The debate then arises how rich should this king of all meals be? You’re probably wondering, Eh? Well being a Bombay boy (a SoBo one at that) breakfast for me (and most of my pals) has ranged from a simple glass of milk (flavored with Bournvita) and toast to Kellogg’s cereals to eggs made to order. Sufficient no? Well apparently not! Most of my friends and relatives from different parts of India beg to differ.
My relatives (well most of them) live in the state of Gujarat, viz. in Vadodara and Ahemdabad. I remember watching my uncles wolf down an entire meal for breakfast. When I say meal, I’m talking about chappati, dal, vegetables, farsaan et al. Mind you, this is the exact same thing I’d probably eat for lunch, so I was kinda surprised when I saw them eat this for breakfast. In their defence, this was probably their crude attempt at brunch since most of them would avoid heavy lunches and opt for a light snack at aorun 1-2 pm.
Up north, breakfast is incomplete without some piping hot paranthas laden with real makkhan (cause the packaged kind just doesn’t cut it for them!). And this is usually accompanied with either chole or a similar item. What you have to understand in that the parantha is question is so darn heavy, that one is enough to set you back by around a few hundred calories. Again, in their defence, the weather possibly mandates a breakfast of this clorific stature.
Most people tend to have a different opinion deciding the richness of breakfast. Personally, a heavy breakfast, like those savored by my relatives and friends up north doesn’t suit my system. After a heavy meal like that, early in the morning, I’d probably feel laethargic or worse, nauseous! For brunch, most deifnitley, but for breakfast, ummmm, I’ll pass.
In conclusion, breakfast is indeed the king of all meals. However the extent of it’s royalty is very much a personal choice.