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5 Lankan Breakfast Ingredients That Are Actually Good For You

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As millennials, we know how important it is to remain fit and healthy in an effort to avoid burning out. In Colombo, it’s becoming easier to do both. There are plenty of spaces to work out in, and many home-grown ingredients available at supermarkets and your local polas.

A nutritious breakfast is a great way to kick-start each day, so we’ve rounded up some meals that are yummy and won’t add to the pounds!

Tapioca (Manioc)

This root vegetable is packed with carbs of the good kind and can be found in most local fairs. All you have to do is boil the tapioca, peel off the skin and then garnish it with freshly grated coconut. You can season the coconut with spices and onions, to add flavour to the mix. Just make sure you avoid adding ginger as it tends to cause food poisoning and ensure you eat this dish in moderation. These starchy veggies may not be ideal if you’re trying to avoid carbohydrates, but small amounts can help curb hunger.

Grams/Greengrams/Cowpea

If you’re looking for an on-the-go meal, then these legumes should do the trick. A little prep time is necessary as you have to soak them overnight and then boil them until they turn soft. Add a little bit of salt to the water you use to boil and strain the excess once they reach the desired softness. You can add onions, spices and curry leaves for a healthy garnish and throw them into a box or cup. Voila! You’ll dig these beans instead of reaching for that cereal box.

Coconut Rotti

Everyone’s sure to have eaten rotti (or flatbread) at least once, be it at your nearest kade or on the train. It’s pretty simple to make with the right ingredients; you just need a little bit of practice beforehand. Select a red rice or kurakkan flour, add a little freshly grated coconut, plus a pinch of salt. Then pour small amounts of water periodically, until you form a dough. Depending on your choice, you can make the flatbread circles thin or thick. Cook them on a flat pan till you see brown spots on the surface. You can eat them with basically anything, like butter and jam or a lunu miris sambol. Hello Sri Lankan mini-pizza!

Corn

One of the healthiest foods out there, corn is delicious whichever way you prepare it. Boil it with a bit of salt and water or pop it into the microwave with some butter on top. If you’d like to garnish your salad, then scrape off the corn and add them to the mix of veggies and leaves. It’s a guaranteed filler that won’t make you hunt for snacks every hour or so.

Granola

If you’re a cereal fan, opt for the all-nutritious granola. It can be a bit on the pricey side but it doesn’t take too much time to prep, so it’s well worth investing in. Another great meal that can be made in minutes, all you have to do is throw together the granola with any fruits of your choice and top with yoghurt. This delicious combo is sure to get your energy levels high and keep a smile on your face.

Do you have any healthy brekkie ideas? Drop us a comment.

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