”…Trying to make it work, but, man, these times are hard
She needs me now but I can’t seem to find the time
I got a new job now on the unemployment line and we don’t know how
How we got into this mess, is it God’s test? Someone help us ’cause we’re doing our best
Trying to make things work, but, man, these times are hard…”
These are part of the lyrics to the Scripts hit single ”For the first time” off their Science and Faith album.
Granted that they are continents away, the message in their song resonates well with the current state of affairs in Kenya.
The current economic situation locally has had harsh impacts on the prices of various commodities key among them basic food commodities.
Items like milk and bread have steadily increased in price over the past few years and now with the passing of the VAT Bill 2013, the prices have doubled making these breakfast regulars seem like luxuries and increasing the assault on the most important meal of the day.
However, there are various alternatives available that one can have for breakfast which are both nutritious as well as cost effective.
Starting us off is Porridge; a main stay dish that has been somewhat neglected by the modern day foodie despite it’s numerous health benefits. It can be prepared in form oats or whole grain. Use fresh cream as a substitute for milk.Other great breakfast alternatives are arrow roots and sweet potatoes. They are sweet and quite filling. Due to their unprocessed nature (read fibre) they are very healthy.
Depending on availability, fruits are a great option for breakfast. They can be taken whole, as a fruit salad or blended into juice. Whichever way you take them they are refreshing and nutritious.
Just take a full meal. Yes as foreign an idea as it sounds, it is recommended by health experts to eat a heavy breakfast, a light lunch and a very light dinner.
The heavy breakfast provides energy to power you throughout the day whilst the light lunch tops it up and a light dinner helps you sleep better. Some bacon, eggs,salad or mashed potatoes are a few pointers.
You can also do strong tea, as we Kenyans fondly refer to it as strungi which is a healthy alternative too.
Skipping breakfast is dangerous as it causes over eating during the day, skipping meals is also not healthy as it causes you body to go into ‘fasting mode’ that has health implications like spiking and dropping blood sugar levels and inadequate nutrition.
Do not miss the most important meal of the day and try out the various alternatives above.