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Today we will be talking only about mums and one important aspect that often gets ignored – that of mothers beginning the day on a nutritional note.
Almost any mum will tell you that the morning hours are the craziest, crucial hours in any household.
It’s the time that elders, if any, in the house need their morning tea, it’s the time when the hubby has to have his breakfast and may be packed lunch to leave for work, it’s the time when kids need to be woken up, dressed and fed breakfast before being dropped off to school.
It’s also the time when often the house helps need all your guidance to ‘help’ you with daily chores. And if you are a working mum, it is also a time when you need to wrap up your household duties and get ready for work. Phew! Amongst all this flurry of activities, if there is one thing that takes a continual beating more than often, it is the wholesome breakfast that a woman needs at the start of her day.
And if you are a working mum, it is also a time when you need to wrap up your household duties and get ready for work. Phew! Amongst all this flurry of activities, if there is one thing that takes a continual beating more than often, it is the wholesome breakfast that a woman needs at the start of her day.
It’s amusing that while as women we spend an inestimable time and energy planning nutritive weekly menus and breakfast ideas for families, often we end up ignoring on how to fuel up our bodies.
Some women lament that amongst all this early action in the household they scarcely find time to sit down and have a proper breakfast, which we do recommend. But to make up for it during those extra busy days we got you some great ideas from some smart mums who know how to sneak in a power packed start to their day. Read on and replicate some in your own life…
1. Nilanjana Gupta, Banker and mother of two toddlers:
“After I get up the first thing I do is that I stuff my night suit pocket with a handful of nuts –almonds, walnuts, pistachios even peanuts. I keep on munching on it while making tea, breakfast, packing lunch or ironing clothes and often even while dressing my kids. That way even if I am just having a glass of milk with my kids before I leave for work, I know I have had my power dose.”
2. Mohini Iyer, Teacher and mother of teenage sons:
“Here’s what I do after I wake up – I make a supersized dosa just for myself, first thing in the morning. And while it may sound selfish, it actually pays off in the long run because I realized if I do not eat before others, my routine gets compromised in front of some other urgent needs of a family member."
"I freshen up, serve myself a giant dosa and have it first thing in the morning. In case you are wondering about the giant serving then it's kept that way because inevitably my sons wake up and love to take a bite or two from mum’s dosa before they are ready to shower. Often husband steals a bite too before he is ready for his breakfast.”
3. Nisha Jha, stay at home mum of a 10-month-old baby
“I cut all the ingredients for a fruit smoothie –apples, mangoes, chikoos, bananas etc. and put them in a sealed bag and refrigerate overnight. When I get up I make a quick smoothie for the baby but while I do this I keep on munching on some of the cut fruits that I purposely chopped extra."
"This way I already have my first kick start of the day with fruits before I move on to boiled egg, again with the baby an hour or so later.”
3. Kirti Jain, homemaker, mum to two adult kids:
“My kids are grown up now but for a mum the duties never end. I ensure that they do not neglect their breakfast and actively make new recipes. But here’s my little luxury – my oldest daughter is a culinary arts student and she makes homemade granola bars. I ask her to make me a batch once in a while and I love to snack on it not just for my breakfast but also through the day.
4. Komal Arora, physician, mother of a 1-year-old:
“I make a quick nutritious breakfast for me by adding two three tablespoons cornflakes in yoghurt and top it with honey. If I have time I add fruits or nuts too. This is a no-cook, in a jiffy breakfast I often have while I am feeding my baby as I can't have anything hot while she rests in my lap, this has been working well for me.”
Also Read: 5 healthy breakfast meals the svelte mum Shilpa Shetty Kundra swears by
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Zofeen Maqsood is a lifestyle journalist who has worked with some of the biggest Indian newspapers. She is currently based in Chicago, where she continues to write extensively.
When she's not struggling to balance work and parenthood she loves to notice how the differences in American and Asian parenting styles often result in strikingly similar experiences.
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