They say a day started well is a day that ends well. The best way to start your day is by having the kind of food that is gentle on your stomach, and gives you the energy to go throughout the day.
We have compiled a list of different foods and beverages that you can eat in morning, or after a fasting period, basically on an empty stomach any time of the day.
Let’s start the list:
#1. Honey with warm water
Honey is full of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and flavonoids that clean your gut and improve your metabolism. Having honey with warm water in the early morning detoxifies your body, gives instant energy, and also works to improve digestion and immunity.
#2. Chia seeds
These tiny seeds of pure protein contain all nine essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, magnesium, iron, Vitamin B, calcium, anti-oxidants, Omega 3, and fibre. Best way to have chia seeds is to soak them in water or coconut milk or almond milk, and then drink it in the morning. Chia seeds expand in your stomach and keep you feeling full for long.
#3. Wheatgrass powder with water
If you drink wheatgrass powder mixed with water in early morning, it improves digestion and prevents constipation. It can also cure your gastrointestinal problems and acid reflux. Wheatgrass is also rich in anti-oxidants which protect your body from free-radicals.
#4. Soaked almonds
We know all about the health benefits of nuts. You can have walnut and soaked almonds in the morning, they are rich in heart-healthy fats and do not irritate the empty stomach.
Almonds are full of Vitamin E, protein, Omega3 and Omega 6, manganese and fiber. Best way to have them is to soak them and peel them, as the almond peel contains tannin that prevents nutrient absorption.
Dates are so good for empty stomach because they are packed with soluble fibers that help in good digestion and provide relief in constipation. Dates are also rich in minerals like potassium to soothe an upset stomach and even diarrhea. Not to mention, dates are superfood that gives instant energy to boost your day.
Soaked raisins are just the treat you need, as they are rich in iron, calcium and potassium. Raisins are a great source of natural sugars that help kickstart your day with the boost of instant energy. They also neutralise acids so having them on an empty stomach is a great idea as they calm your stomach and control your cravings.
#7. Papaya & watermelon
Papaya and watermelon both are such heavenly fruits to have in early morning. Watermelon is full of electrolytes so it hydrates your body, soothes your stomach, and reduces sugar cravings. Watermelon also contains lycopene which is good for the health of your heart and eyes.
Papaya, on the other hand, ensures smooth bowel movement and cleans the toxins. For best results, eat nothing for 45 minutes after eating a papaya.
Except for citrus fruits, you can have all kind of fruits on an empty stomach. Fruits are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients. Fiber in fruits keeps you feeling full, and helps in digestion. Fruits are also a great source of energy that you need to start your day.
Having a vegetable salad or cooked vegetables in the morning is a splendid idea. They are gentle on your stomach, and reduce gas and bloating. Just avoid tomatoes since tomatoes contain tannic acid that can cause acid reflux in your empty stomach.
A steaming bowl of porridge with nuts, berries, yogurt, honey, and fruits is the best thing to have for a breakfast. Oatmeal comes with soluble fibers which helps in digestion and provides a protective coating on the stomach lining to reduce irritation.
Eggs are the best source of protein and minerals, and they make you feel full while reducing cravings for snacks and sugar. You can have eggs for breakfast any way you like – boiled, scrambled, sunny side up, poached or fried. They are always great.
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