What's the first thing you want when you wake up in the morning? We know the most popular answer will be a cup of coffee (or chai). A strong coffee - with or without milk - helps you refuel with energy and kick-start the day. In fact, many of us can't even process without a shot of caffeine early in the morning. Agreed? But, did you know, nutritionists suggest avoiding caffeine early in the morning. According to experts, it may stimulate stomach acid, causing heartburn, vomit, nausea et al. Besides, the caffeine in the drink is also dubbed to cause a temporary rise in the stress hormone level in the body, further increasing the possibility of nausea, anxiety etc. This automatically brings up a question - what to replace your morning coffee with?
Celebrity nutritionist Nmami Agarwal suggests, start your day with an apple. Yes, you heard us. One medium apple contains about 95 calories, zero fat, one gram protein, 23 grams carbohydrate, 19 grams of natural sugar and three grams fibre, as per an article on the official website of The School Of Public Health, Harvard. Nmami Agarwal further took to Instagram to share a short video describing the benefits of having this super healthy fruit early in the morning.
"Apple or Coffee...What would you prefer to wake you up in the morning?!" she captioned the post. She further says, "Apple no caffeine but natural sugar that wakes you up in the morning." Besides the natural sugar in apple helps provide sustainable energy that helps you keep moving throughout the day. It also contains adequate amount of fibre to control body's blood sugar levels.
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Now that you know how good it is to start your day with an apple, let's find out some fun ways to add the fruit to your morning diet.
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Here're 3 Fun Ways To Add Apple To Your Morning Meal:
1. Whole Fruit:
Have the apple as is. Eating a whole fruit is the best possible way to include all its benefits to your diet.
2. Fruit Salad:
You can chop it, add some other seasonal fruits of your choice and enjoy. And remember, sprinkle some chaat masala on the top to make it more palatable.
3. Apple Tea:
For the ones who just can't process without some hot beverage in the morning, here's a perfect drink to try. It's the apple tea. Boil the apple in water, blend it and have it hot. You can add ginger, honey, etc to enhance the flavours.
So, what are you waiting for? Include apple in your everyday diet and enjoy the benefits to the fullest. But always remember to consult an expert before making any change in your diet (or lifestyle).
(Note: Food suggestions are not a part of the nutritionist's post)
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