Contributed by Ms. Pavithra N Raj, Chief Dietician, Columbia Asia Referral Hospital Yeshwanthpur
Mornings can usually make or break our day, isn’t it? How our mornings unfold tend to affect our entire rest of the day, hence it’s important to start your mornings fresh, happy and healthy to have a good day. We have heard so many times the importance of starting the day healthy with a good meal for breakfast. However, some of us don’t just feel like having a heavy meal the first thing in the morning and many of us are running with our hectic schedule and do not have the time for that sumptuous breakfast.
To cater to this, many health experts advise on having warm water and a fist full of nuts is an amazing way to start your day. This boosts up our body and allows it function in the right way for the rest of the day.
The advantage with almonds and walnut is, when consumed on empty stomach it will not only give us protein but also helps to improve HDL levels.
While the advantages with Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pine nuts, pistachios – consumed on empty stomach they increase the PH level of the stomach and few may have allergic reaction. But this has good antioxidants, protein and vitamins. So better to consume in mid-morning or as evening snacks.
Keeping aside the fact that nuts are tasty and nutritious here are few more reasons why nuts are a great way to start your day:
Nuts are, therefore, not just tasty but also very beneficial and convenient. You can eat them irrespective of your diet. However, since nuts are also high in fats, they are best consumed in the morning. If you have nuts at any other time of the day, it is advised to have them at different intervals.