The breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
It is the first dose of nourishment that the body gets after a long wait (8-12 hrs) and it provides us with energy to meet the challenges of the day.
Given the long wait, breakfast is the perfect meal where we can make it as nutritious as possible.
The best breakfast is the one which provides you with an awesome dose of both macro (carbs, protein, fibre, fat) and micro nutrients (vitamins, minerals, etc).
It also should enable fast natural weight loss by keeping you feel fuller for a longer time and stop you from craving for more until before lunch.
So with this in mind, I explored and experimented with different breakfast options recommended by many but could not find something where I can say “Yeah! that’s an awesome breakfast”.
So I started going through lots of materials to discover the best breakfast for weight loss in the world.
It took many months but in the end I was able to create one and I am very excited to share it with you.
Let’s take a look, shall we?
The Criteria for The Best Breakfast for Weight loss
Given the challenges of the modern world, I identified 15 different criteria a breakfast must satisfy for it to be the best.
The best breakfast should:
- Provide us with good amount of energy
- Provide us with good dose of protein, fibre and good fat
- Provide a good dose of micro nutrients (vitamins, minerals and antioxidants)
- Enable natural weight loss
- Be easy to prepare
- Be tasty to everyone (including kids)
- Easy to digest with little effort
- Allow using ingredients creatively
- Stop us from craving for junk foods (e.g. chocolates)
- Be free from artificial sugar
- Be free from processed foods
- Be flexible to vary its ingredients
- Be gluten-free or really low gluten
- Enable us meeting our daily target of fruits and vegetables
- Be vegan (so that everyone can eat)
These huge list of requirements ruled out many of the breakfasts we eat every day like cereals (main reason – high on artificial sugar) and breads (main reason – gluten content).
Out of over 50 breakfasts I tried and read about only one met the criteria.
What it might be?
I hope you are curiously wondering. let’s take a look.
So what are the ingredients of the Best Breakfast?
Below is the list of ingredients which will be used in our best breakfast.
As I have come up with the recipe, I have named it Choco Fruity Porridge.
However, don’t get mislead by the name, there is much more to it.
1-Oat Bran is the best grain among all the grains and hence it makes sense to use it in the best breakfast and we are doing so.
Alternatives: Rolled oats or cereal flakes which are low on sugar.
2-Non Dairy Milk like Almond or Soy Milk.
Alternatives: Water, Dairy milk.
Use of water will reduce the taste slightly but it is still a good alternative.
Dairy milk is not the best or recommended option. However, you can use it if you prefer it badly.
3-High fibre and low calorie fruits like Apple, Kiwi, Pear, Blueberries.
You can choose any combination of fruits as you like but keep an eye on each of their calories because we don’t want to eat too much in one go.
Any fruit with less than 100 calories per 100 grams is a good option.
This rules out fruits like banana and avocado (these are great fruits and you can still use them once in a while).
4-High Fibre Vegetables with a sweet taste like Sweet Potato, Carrot, Frozen Peas, Frozen non-GMO Corn.
Many people get turned off by use of vegetables in a breakfast meal which includes fruits as well.
However, as we will be blending the sweetish vegetables with fruits to make a fine paste, this option is not as radical as it sounds.
This concept of mixing vegetables with fruits is not new – lot of retailers are bringing out smoothies with such combinations all around the world.
More about benefits of this later on.
5-Nuts almond/cashew/pistachio pieces and flaxseed powder.
Flaxseed must be a critical ingredient as it is the best seed out there.
You can also use other nuts and seeds as you prefer.
I have taken almonds as an example here.
6-Cocoa Powder –
This probably is the magic ingredient of this breakfast.
It is not only the most nutrition rich food for fibre and protein, it also provide the chocolate flavour needed to attract kids.
As this is the only ingredient which makes the dark chocolate healthy adding this to your breakfast removes the need for you to buy a (dark) chocolate ever again.
Yay! Happy Teeth!
Here is a guide for ingredients and its quantities
|Oat Bran||40 grams||¾ of a glass|
|Almond Milk||200 ml||1 Glass|
|Apple||100 grams||1 Small Apple|
|Kiwi||75 grams||1 Kiwi|
|Blueberries||20 grams||15 blueberries|
|Sweet Peas||40 grams||1 Cup|
|Carrot||110 grams||1 Large Carrot|
|Flaxseed Powder||10 grams||1 Spoonful|
|Broken Almond||10 grams||5 Almonds|
|Cocoa Powder||20 grams||2 Spoonfuls|
The Recipe of the Breakfast
OK, We now have everything we need. Let us go ahead and make the breakfast.
Step 1: Heat the milk in the microwave or on a hob for few minutes.
Step 2: Once it is sufficiently hot, pour it into a relatively big vessel (big enough to mixing all ingredients later on).
Step 3: Add the oat bran (or whichever grain flakes) into it and mix it slowly to remove all the lumps and keep it aside for 15-30 minutes. Keep it longer if you want the mix to be thicker.
Step 4: Cut apple, carrot, kiwi into a small pieces and grind them along with heated frozen peas in to a paste in a blender. (Note: if you use normal peas you might have to boil them before blending)
Step 5: Mix the fruit veggie paste, flaxseed and cocoa powder into the oat bran paste and mix well.
Step 6: Add the blueberry and broken nuts on top and your breakfast is ready.
You don’t need to blend those fruits/veggies/nuts which you like more than others and want to feel them as you eat.
Note: For small kids without teeth, you can add these to the blender as well.
Why is it the Best Breakfast in the world? – The Benefits
Sure, there are a lot of good ingredients going into the breakfast but we need to look more in detail to understand why it is the best.
First, let us look at the breakdown of the macro nutrients along with respective glycemic load for 100 grams and also for a typical meal.
1-Nutrition Profile of the breakfast
Let us look at macro nutrients in each of the item added to our breakfast.
For this article, I am going to take the nutritional information from commercially available products so that it is easier to relate to and buy similar products from your local market.
–Macro nutrients in 100 grams
|Almond Milk||100 (ml)||24||3||0.5||0.2||1.1||0||3||0|
Source: Products available on Tesco UK website.
However, we will not be having 100 grams of each and hence need to look into how much each of these contribute in a typical breakfast.
–Macro nutrients in a Medium-Large Adult Meal
|for 100 grams||100.00||125.62||15.34||5.12||6.18||5.65||1.22||8.47|
The last two rows of the 2nd table table shows the awesome nutrition profile of this breakfast.
435 grams of food fetch you around 66 grams of carbohydrates of which 37 grams are natural sugar (not artificial sugar which makes a huge difference).
Importantly it provides 22 grams of protein and 26 grams of fibre which is really awesome coming from a single meal.
It also provide decent dose of good fat along with a small portion of saturated fat.
435 grams might sound bit large for a breakfast but as most fruits and vegetables are soft and tender we can eat more of them.
You can always have lesser quantities of these if you prefer.
So how does this breakfast help you to achieve quick natural weight loss and long term health?
Well, most breakfasts we commonly eat today is predominantly grain based and hence have high calorie to weight ratio (around 250-350 calories for every 100 grams assuming other ingredients bring down calorie to weight ratio) where as with this breakfast it comes to 126 calories per 100 grams.
This is mainly achieved by making vegetables and fruits take up bigger portion of the meal (e.g. adding 100 grams of carrots increases the total calories of the meal by mere 42 calories which is awesome).
So you can consume more of this breakfast and still not have to worry about over eating.
As weight loss is all about calories in minus calories out, this will indeed greatly help in reducing your weight.
More details in the following section..
The other problem with grain based breakfasts are that they lack in variety of micro-nutrients like (vitamins and minerals) due to lower portion of fruits and vegetables in them.
So adding a good variety of fruits and vegetables provides you with a good dose of different micro nutrients essential for keeping away deadly lifestyle diseases like cancer.
Don’t forget that we need around 9 to 10 different varieties of vegetables and fruits (more vegetables than fruits) to be eaten everyday to achieve long term health and this breakfast certainly help us with a huge head start (nearly meets 50% of our target with just one meal).
We however need to ensure that we use different fruits and vegetables everyday to consistently meet this goal.
With normal grain based breakfast we struggle to get more than 3 variety of vegetables or fruits and hence there is a good chance that we fail to meet the fruits and veggies target for the day.
To get a better sense of its goodness let us take a re-look at the nutrition for 100 grams of the same food (refer to the last line of the table).
You can see that it only accounts for 126 calories per 100 grams with just over 15 grams of carbohydrates of which over 8 grams is natural sugar.
So it has carbohydrates which provide instant energy (sugar) and also the rest which takes longer to digest (based on the low glycemic load of all foods).
It provides over 5 grams of protein and around 6 grams of fibre for every 100 grams of the breakfast which is really good.
As most of the 5 grams of fat it provides comes from nuts and seeds, most of it is good fat (and has only 1.22 grams of saturated fat).
Obviously, there is none of really bad trans fat in it.
In short this breakfast is low in calorie but high in all the good stuffs.
So while you can always have less of this breakfast, having more in quantity compared to other grain based ones will not overload your system will calories.
Finally, as most of the ingredients used are really great foods and as they are used in their raw form with little or no processing, you can get the most of its nutrition.
Each food used will have its own long list of benefits and hence I don’t want to expand benefits of each of them here.
However, I do want to stress a bit about cocoa powder.
“Cocoa powder is the best ingredient of this breakfast not only due to awesome fibre and protein it provides but also due to its rich antioxidant content. It also removes the need for us to ever buy a (dark) chocolate again and keep our teeth safe and healthy.“
It is a super awesome powder and I highly recommend using it.
The only problem with the powder is that it is difficult to consume on its own as it has slightly bitter taste.
However, given that this breakfast is already loaded with natural sugar you can make use of the opportunity to get some cocoa into the body.
It is one of the best antioxidants out there anyway. 
It obviously have an overpowering chocolaty flavour and hence kids will surely love it (this has been the breakfast me and my 3 year old son have been eating almost everyday for past 4 months and we both just loves it).
This also means that there is no justification for you to enter the chocolate section of any shop again.
All chocolates including the dark variety is bad for your teeth so why take the risk when you are getting all the benefits of a dark chocolate with this breakfast anyway?
Creative Variations Options
As mentioned before, the recipe above is one way of preparing this recipe.
However you can do it many ways and you can choose the one you like.
Let me explore few of the options here.
What Fruits and Vegetables to use?
As long as the taste is within your control, you can experiment with different options.
If you are going to use some really sweet fruits like apple or banana and also the cocoa powder then these are good enough to overpower any other fruits or vegetables if used in moderation.
I myself have tried some bland variety of vegetables (e.g. cauliflower) in small quantities without any problems.
The bottom line is as long as you have a good understanding of total calories of your breakfast, you are free to add any fruit or vegetables you like as long as taste stays good and not get too ‘veggie like’.
Crunchy Vs Soft:
The above recipe results in a soft paste with crunchy feel is provided by the nuts.
Why make a paste?
One reason is to make preparation easier as blending saves time compared to cut each of the fruit separately.
Making the food soft also means that biting of the food is not as important as otherwise.
In this busy world we tend to focus less on food (and more on TV, mobile, newspaper) and tend to bite less.
This poor habit will put extra strain on the digestive system and could result in partial indigestion.
What is the use of having a nutritious breakfast which you cannot digest fully?
A soft food also helps kids of all ages as well.
You can always choose to cut those fruits/vegetables which you love and add them separately for you to get a feel of them every time you have it in your mouth.
I love to add roasted peanuts, cut kiwi and blueberries for example.
I believe this breakfast easily achieves all the criteria that I set for a breakfast to be the best.
While I have not taken effort to justify it here, I hope this long article addresses each point directly or indirectly.
However, if you feel it fails in any of the criteria or has important shortcomings then do comment below or write to us.
While I have found it hard to find another contender for the best breakfast crown you know something that might be worthy of discussion.
If yes, please comment below.
Finally, I highly appreciate if you can tell us what you felt about this breakfast?
Did you like it? will you try it or change something about it before trying it?
If you did try then let us know your feedback.
Thanks a ton for your time and I wish you have an awesome breakfast from now on!