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Breakfast is the most important time to get your day off to a healthy and delicious start. Like many of You, I have a sound practice of “No Breakfast- No School/Office” at home. This is vital for everyday, but Mondays are special.
While being a beautiful opportunity for an exciting week, Mondays are often linked with blues!
According to The Telegraph, 'Monday morning is so depressing you won't crack a smile until 11.16 am. Half of us will be late for work on Monday after struggling to get up after the weekend, according to researchers.'

Then, if there is a load of preparing the breakfast, mostly it falls in to-be-ignored list.
You might have a tight schedule to start with, feeling lazy to cook in the morning or after a delicious Sunday, it might just not appeal to go back to staple oats/eggs. Kids can also have the similar feelings which often get overshadowed by them being fussy eaters.

So, why not prepare a little in advance, a healthy appetizing feast and feel excited to kick-start the very first day of the new week!

My Choice:

Power pack Banana-Chocolate Muffins

This is the famous banana-chocolate muffin, but with an added power-punch of cinnamon, turmeric, almond, dried cranberries and raisins.
These are easy to make, take around 30 minutes only, can be prepared beforehand and stored.

Who would like to read further:  If you are a food enthusiast and like to do your mix-n-match with recipes!

 Who should skip: If you are looking for a traditional baker’s recipe, then this is not the one. There are some wonderful baking-experts around who would serve your purpose J

Why I am sharing this?

Here, certainly I am not narrating how to bake these because that’s not my aim and I am not a specialist in baking to be eligible to do that.

Being a Consultant for Homeopathy & Nutrition, I advise on various health related issues and help in keeping up healthy naturally. As a food lover who adores cooking, I keep playing with recipes, trying to enhance their ‘healthy’ factor!

I found that raisins, cranberries and almonds add fiber and photo-chemicals in the muffin and the spices like cinnamon and turmeric give it an antioxidant upshot with a fine taste. If you wish to go gluten free, simply replace wheat flour with almond flour. Let me share the ingredients and nutrition facts with you:

If you are not following any strict diet, then National Health Service (NHS), UK recommends having 300-500 calorie breakfast. So combining the muffins with fruit/nut/drink of your choice meets the target very well. Thanks to Mother Nature, we have a number of delicious options to add-on like berries, dates, walnut, almond, oranges, apple, cherry tomatoes, cherries and many more.

For example:
2 muffins, 4 dates, 5 almonds, 1 cup of skim milk = 390 calories
2 muffins, 4 dates, 5 almonds, 1 cup of whole milk = 450 calories
2 muffins, 1 cup of blueberries, 2 dates, 1 8oz cup/230 ml milk tea = 511 calories

This is an advantage that you can get the customized breakfast based on your requisites and likings. Please share your thoughts about your preferences. Would you spare half an hour on the weekend to gear –up for up-coming week? How do you like to start your Monday so it turns out to be most productive!

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