Consuming breakfast with minimal time and effort input is the goals of many busy people each morning. Particularly with the hectic pace of modern life. Seizing on this we are bombarded with endless print, online and broadcast adverts promising that you can drink your way to a slimmer figure and detoxify your body to boot. Really?

Liquid diets sound too good to be true – and often they are. But lets look at how they might apply to normal life, how they work and the various positives and negatives.

Types of Liquid Breakfast:

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Clear Liquid Breakfast

A clear liquid breakfast consists of only clear and transparent fluids. It is easy on the digestive system and all the essential nutrients are supplied to the body. Foods allowed in a clear liquid diet are plain water, fruit juices without pulp, popsicle sans fruit bits or pulp, tea or coffee with no added milk or cream and energy drinks.

Full liquid Breakfast

A full liquid breakfast includes only liquids and foods that liquefy at body temperature. This diet has more calories than a clear liquid diet and is beneficial to people with medical complications that prohibit them to eat solid foods. Foods allowed in a full liquid diet are: milk and milkshakes, coffee, tea, strained cream soup, soft boiled eggs and butter or margarine.

Liquid protein Breakfast

In a liquid protein breakfast, high protein drinks are prescribed in order to replace normal breakfast. Protein is very hard to digest and the body has to burn more calories in order to digest it which, in turn, accelerates weight loss.

Lactose-free liquid breakfast

A liquid breakfast that is specialized in not having foods that may have milk or cheese in it. It is usually only prescribed to people who may be lactose intolerant.

Low fibre liquid breakfast

Liquid breakfast that requires avoiding or lowering foods that may contain large amounts of fibre (cooked cereals, oatmeal, and certain fruit or vegetable mashes) . This diet is usually used for people suffering from certain digestive problems such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

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How does it work ?

Liquid breakfast means you’re getting all, or at least most, of your calories from drinks (fruit or vegetable juices, soups, protein shakes) in less time . Liquid breakfast can work like any normal breakfast that gives you fewer calories than you use.

Is It Safe ?

It should give balance of nutrients you need throughout the day, if not then very low-calorie breakfast in particular can be lacking in essential macro & micro nutrients. Missing out on essential nutrients can lead to side effects such as fatigue, dizziness, hair loss, gallstones, and heart damage. Also, if you don’t get enough fibre because you’re not eating whole fruits and vegetables, you can get constipated. You also can also lose muscle if you don’t get enough protein in your diet.

Some liquid Breakfast examples :
· Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie (Blend 1 frozen banana, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 1 cup almond milk, and a few ice cubes.)
· Fruit and Yoghurt Parfait
· Fruit and Yoghurt Smoothie – blend 1 cup plain Greek yoghurt with 1 cup frozen fruit, with 1/2 cup liquid.
· Oat berry banana smoothie – blend 1 banana , 50 gm berries with 30 gm shocked oats.
· Banana Berry Protein Shake – 1 cup of berries, 1/2 banana, 1/2 soy milk, 1 scoop whey k protein powder or if you don’t have protein power add 1 egg white, 3/4 cup yoghurt , 1 cup ice.

There are many creative recipes online, to make fast healthy well balanced liquid breakfast at home. Also in market there are many other quick and easy options for breakfast on the move. Ready-made health drinks available. If you have any underlying pathology or chronic disease please consult your physician before starting any new diet.

Be fit & Eat healthy!

Edited by: Aishwarya Vijaykumar

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