How many times have you skipped breakfast, only to get your first meal of the day at lunch? We aren’t going to tell you off for what’s done. But indulging in a good breakfast can get your body some good karma all day. And it doesn’t even have to be time consuming. We called on food blogger Richa Gupta to help us put together a list of 5 power breakfast recipes to get you super-charged every morning…
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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Requirements

1 cup skim milk

1/4 cup Chia seeds

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2-5 tablespoon maple syrup or honey

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

1/4 teaspoon salt

Preparation

Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk vigorously to combine. Pour into individual serving cups and cover. Let it rest in the fridge overnight or for 3-5 hours, until it has achieved a pudding-like consistency. Top with your favourite fruit and serve chilled!

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Quick Breakfast Parfait

Requirements

1 tablespoon flax seeds

1/4 cup granola

2 tablespoon chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts or pecans)

3/4 cup plain yogurt

Honey or maple syrup to sweeten

Preparation

Mix together flax seeds, granola and chopped nuts. Layer your breakfast glass by alternating between the granola mixture and yogurt. Drizzle with honey or maple syrup and top with your favourite berry.

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Green Power Smoothie

Requirements

1 cup (packed) spinach

1/2 cup frozen berries

1 banana (cut into pieces)

1 teaspoon ground flaxseed

Preparation

Puree everything with 1 cup water in a blender until smooth. Add a few ice cubes while blending if you like yours chilled.

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Mashed Avocado Toast

Requirements

2 slices whole wheat bread, toasted

1 ripe avocado, mashed

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 cup of your favourite topping (Poached egg, cherry tomatoes, sliced radishes)

salt and pepper

Preparation

Mix together the mashed avocado with lemon juice.

Spread the avocado mixture on toast, top with your favourite topping and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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Whole Wheat Pancakes

Requirements

1 cup buttermilk (Or mix 1 cup milk + 1tbsp vinegar and set aside for 10 mins)

1 cup whole wheat flour

2 teaspoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg

2 tablespoon melted butter

Butter for greasing the pan

Preparation

Whisk together buttermilk, egg and melted butter. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt. Mix the dry ingredients and the buttermilk mixture until just combined. There may still be a few lumps in the mixture which is okay. Heat a non-stick pan and brush with butter. Add small scoops of the pancake batter, and lightly spread with the back of a spoon. Cook until you see bubbles forming on the surface. Flip and cook for a few minutes on the other side. Serve warm with maple syrup, honey or powdered sugar.

Richa runs her blog www.myfoodstory.in from her kitchen in Bangalore.

Her blog revolves around the people she loves, her adventures and the food that goes along with it.

She tweets at @my_foodstory and you can see all her culinary exploits on Instagram at @my_foodstory.