What’s for breakfast?
It’s a simple question per se, but you’d be surprised by the diversity of the answers you get, depending who and where you ask. For anybody who grew up on the cosy image of a plate of sausage, baked beans, eggs, hash brown, slices of toast, mushrooms and bacon in the morning, you’ve probably noticed that the typical breakfast dish has evolved a lot since. After all, when was the last time you had an English breakfast at home? Indeed, while hotels and bed and breakfasts continue to put the iconic hearty British plate on the menu, the typical British household has long moved on. Who’s got time for a traditional warm breakfast in the morning when there are so many more possibilities? Indeed, each country has a different approach to breaking the fast of the night. However, it would be too long to list all the national dishes across the world. Instead, let’s focus on the favourite breakfasts in the Western world. But first of all, a little spoiler for you: Not all breakfasts are healthy.
The busy UK mum who’s got no time to waste
Nowadays, everything needs to be quick and efficient. The average family spends less than 15 minutes preparing and consuming their breakfast in the family kitchen before everyone needs to leave for work or school. In other words, it’s likely that the pace of modern life has forced the traditional English breakfast out of our kitchens. Instead, it’s not uncommon to see health-conscious individuals replace it with a bowl of oatmeal or greek yoghurt with berries. If you want something filling that will keep you going all morning, try a shake for breakfast as they are full of vitamins and proteins to fuel your body through the day. For anyone who hasn’t got time to sit down and relax before heading for work, you can pack your shake in your back and drink in during your commute or at your desk at the office. More importantly, if you’re trying to lose weight, a shake diet is the ideal method to control your appetite.
The all American, all in one
American pop tarts and pancakes are a popular and sweet breakfast. When we say sweet, we mean that you can count calories in thousands as a result of the sugar content! But there’s another trend that people who prepare their meal in advance have embraced, and it’s the microwaved breakfast. Indeed, you can prepare a full breakfast with sausage, ham, bacon, egg, cheese and a few leaves of spinach for colour in a few minutes. It’s best to prepare them in advance and reheat your sandwiches in the morning. Who is this breakfast for? Ideally, it’s for everyone who needs to work outdoors and should pack something warm and hearty before they leave home. But it’s typically a favourite among students and weekenders.
The hearty German breakfast offers a warm alternative
German breakfasts have a bad rep that isn’t entirely justified. There’s a common misconception that all you get for breakfast in Germany is a plate of cured meat and a hard-boiled egg. It turns out that the typical farmer’s breakfast in Germany – the Bauernfrühstück as they call it auf Deutsch – is not only deliciously hearty but also yummy too. Think of it as a large omelette that combines diced bacon, cubed potatoes, green peppers, onions and some cheese to taste. Admittedly, it might take some time to prepare, so it’s the perfect hangover breakfast the morning after a big party. It’s also a great brunch meal for a quiet morning date with the family and friends. If you like to prepare your meals in advance, you can cook the farmer’s breakfast the day before and pack it in a Tupperware box to reheat at your desk at work to gain time.
The light French breakfast to stay forever slim
French women have a reputation for eating a lot of bread and yet staying slim. What’s their secret? Everything starts with a light breakfast, which used to be a pot of natural yoghurt and half a grapefruit. This is often accompanied by a bowl of plain tea or coffee and some fresh pastries. You’ll find that a small croissant or pain au chocolat is just enough to give you the kick you need to start the day. However, the French have an advantage we don’t have: they have lovely bakeries that are used to baking small-sized pastries, contrary to what the British shops sell.
The Italian breakfast for cafficionados
The Italian breakfast is a holiday maker’s dream. Think of a large mug of fresh cappuccino that tastes nothing like the drink you can buy from cafe chains! Contrary to the British habit to order cappuccinos – the plural form is actually called cappuccini in Italian – at any time of the day, a cappuccino is a morning coffee in Italy. It’s served with a glass of fresh juice from their delicious oranges or lemons, depending on where you are in the country, and a small pastry too. It’s surprisingly healthy too, and a perfect alternative to the English tea and toast breakfast.
The sugar bomb for kids: A bowl of cereals
If you’re one to buy a box of cereals for the kids, it’s time to look at the label closely and check the amounts of sugar and fat. Indeed, British kids are ramming every morning high sugar cereals down their throats, and that is creating huge pressure on their arteries. Sugar-frosted cornflakes, flavoured granolas and sweetened mueslis can provide up to 27% of the daily recommended intake of sugar. It’s likely that the crisps and sweet chocolate bar packed for their lunch will cover the remaining 73%. By the end of the day, children are at risk of consuming up to twice the recommended sugar intake!
The no-breakfast breakfast
A lot of people tend to skip breakfast for a number of reasons. As a result, they are more likely to grab for a quick pick-me-up snack in the middle of the morning, leading to the excessive consumption of unhealthy processed calories. If you’re not hungry in the morning, you should make sure to bring a fruit as a snack!
So what’s your favourite breakfast? Are you a shaker, a cooked breakfast eater, or a breakfast skipper? Whichever you prefer, hopefully, you’ve now found a few exciting ideas to try out in the morning.