What is one of the first items that comes to your mind when you think of breakfast? Poha is on that list for sure. One of the most popular and loved breakfast delicacies across the country, poha is made in so many different styles – yet, its health benefits remain the same. In fact, even nutritionists and dieticians are now focusing on adding traditional and local items like poha to the Indian weight loss diet plans.
Whether it’s the tempering with curry leaves, mustard and asafoetida that enhance the digestion or the carbohydrate and fibre-rich flattened rice, each ingredient in poha has a lot of goodness to offer. Here are 10 reasons why poha must be a part of your regular breakfast:
- Poha is a carbohydrate rich breakfast. Hence, it helps suppress hunger for a longer time. The fibre content also keeps you feeling full and aids digestion.
- For those of you who are on a gluten free diet, it is a healthy and tasty option as flattened rice or poha does not contain any gluten.
- It is recommended for diabetics as vitamin B1 present in poha helps in controlling the blood sugar levels.
- Rich in iron, it is a preferred option for pregnant women and kids to improve iron content in the body and cater to overall wellbeing.
- When combined with curd, it also helps in strengthening of bones due to the addition of calcium. Check out our curd poha recipe.
- Ingredients like peanuts or sprouts added to poha can make it rich in proteins. This helps in muscle repair making it an ideal post-workout breakfast too.
- It contains all the essential nutrients to give you an energy boost.
- Curry leaves which form a major part of the tempering in poha are rich in essential vitamins and minerals that help boost heart health.
- The fats used to cook poha, especially mustard or coconut oil can help make the joints supple and is a better way of adding healthy fats to your weight loss diet.
- Vegetables added to poha make it rich in antioxidants and other nutrients, thus making it a wholesome and healthy breakfast.
What’s your favourite go-to breakfast?