Get A Head-Start With A Wholesome Breakfast

Super-easy to make, a bowl of cornflakes with milk and some fruits is a regular in many Indian homes  

Aindrisha Mitra Updated: Jul 24, 2020 18:51:17 IST
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Many of you want to start your day on a healthy note. A bowl of cornflakes with milk, nuts and some fruits could be the perfect go-to option which is nutritious and rich in taste.

A popular breakfast option in India, cornflakes trace their origin to the US. A creation of Dr John Harvey Kellogg, who ran the Michigan-based Battle Creek Sanitarium, cornflakes were initially made from wheat-based dough. It is believed that it was his brother Will who later figured out that corn and not wheat could give you more crispy flakes. Although the original recipe did not have sugar, cornflakes manufacturers in the early 20th century America started coating the cereal with sugar to enhance its taste. With demanding jobs that left little time for people to prepare an elaborate breakfast, the popularity of cornflakes soared. 

The health factor

In your breakfast, you should ideally look for something that is filling, gives you the energy to start your day and also packs in some essential nutrients.

The British Heart Foundation says, “Cereals like cornflakes or puffed rice served with low-fat milk–can be part of a healthy breakfast but are low in fibre so not as good a choice as a wholegrain cereal. Adding a piece of fruit will help to balance your breakfast as well as making it more filling to eat.” Also, check the box for the amount of added sugar and salt content in your cornflakes to ensure you don’t overdo it.

Make it interesting

Customize your cornflakes bowl by slicing a fresh banana or apple that also adds to the fibre and essential nutrient quotient of your meal. You can top it with almonds, walnuts or pistachios or berries for a well-rounded breakfast.

Cornflakes are a versatile food item. Besides the regular breakfast bowl, you can make yourself a cornflakes chaat or a cornflakes poha. You can use them to make biscuits as well. Some home chefs use cornflakes in place of bread crumbs to coat the chicken while preparing crispy fried chicken.

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