Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Break It Fast

I am a Software Engineer and so is my wife. We both go to work at the same time, and work all the day. We travel by the company bus, and the timing is fixed. If on some unfortunate day, we miss our bus, we have to travel by pathetic public transport of Pune, and get late to our office.

So naturally, in the maximum window of 2-2.5 hours in morning, between waking up and getting into bus, there are too many things to do. Waking up (must), brush up (must), flush up (must), exercise up (it’s a must, but one can happily and lazily miss it sometimes) getting ready up (bathing is must in summer, and can skip in winter) etc.

In addition to this, we also need to cook one meal, to take it in lunchbox. Many people prefer eating in cafeteria to avoid this morning rush, but we try hard to have as many homemade meals as possible.

I have a tendency to gain weight easily, and loose it is really tough. Even now I have enough of excess weight to shed. Cafeteria food though eatable, it usually tends to be oily, unhealthy, and with lots of fats. A full course meal in office always comes with a sweet dish, and you need tremendous self-control to resist the temptation to eat the dish you like more and more. With a lunch box, you are restricted to eat only what and how much you have brought.

So for us, a lunch box is also a must. Now the challenge is to also manage to prepare something for breakfast. Typical Indian (to be precise, Maharashtrian) dishes for breakfast need at least 15-20 minutes to prepare. We don’t have that much of extra time more than often. So many times we end up skipping breakfast at home, and eating something once we reach office.

There are two problems with this. First, it is too late to have breakfast; the ideal breakfast time is gone. Second, the breakfast food in office is even oilier than the lunch in canteen. So, this is unhealthy option.

It is not good to be ignorant about your breakfast. Dieticians often say “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper”. So you can see how important your breakfast is.

A wise man named W. S. Kellogg solved this 100 years ago. His company with the same name started preparing corn flakes, which is a very instant and healthy breakfast solution. You just have to mix it with milk and its ready to eat, and offers a good nutritional value.

Although it is a very old and popular product, it took time for Indians to get acquainted with it, to get used to it. Nowadays it is a household name in common Indian market and families.  

We started having Kellogg’s corn flakes a while ago. It is awesome. You can prepare and have your breakfast in no time. Breakfast means to break your fast (since dinner to morning, around 10 long hours), and with Kellogg’s corn flakes you can break it fast.

I love corn flakes, but if you eat the same thing each and every day, you most likely can get bored with the economy. Thank god (and Kellogg’s) that they invented many flavors, (and also using wheat and rice) in addition to the classic one. For aspiring (weight) losers they also have a diet special.

But even with all these flavors, it is still the same dish. And if you are supposed to eat breakfast like a king, what kind of king has only one dish every day? That is why we need innovative ideas to make interesting combinations with cornflakes, and other tasty stuff.

Although, all such recipes are available at facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/anaajkanashta ) of Kellog’s, we Indians love it and believe it if we can see it, feel it, taste it. If somebody we know tells us to do something, we accept it more easily.

That’s why like everyone else in the above video, I want to go for breakfast at Guptaji’s place. Mrs. Gupta has mastered the art of making delicious dishes for breakfast using corn flakes. I want to taste all those dishes, and learn how to make it. Because I am eager to try all those at my place, and be a king of breakfast, and to break it fast.

This post is my entry in "Kellogg's Waale Guptaji ka Nashta" activity by Kellogg's India