Posted on April 26, 2018 by Kate Gordon

“Eat breakfast as a king, lunch as a prince and dinner as a pauper” (Adelle Davis, 1904 – 1974)

It is a fact that as we are different people, coming from various countries around the world, we have distinct food behaviours, at different times of the day, consuming distinct meals. Despite this, it is a general truth that breakfast is one of the most important (if not the most important) meals of the day.

According to nutritionists and dieticians, eating a well-balanced breakfast (mostly between 7.30am – 9.00am) increases the metabolism, provides energy for the entire day and avoids the sensation of hunger. But how about nowadays? We are living in a fast-paced society: early in the morning, we barely give time for eating, everything is “on the go”.

Skipping breakfast is normal for many people, which is unhealthy of course. Analysing this behaviour, the food industry saw the opportunity to target this niche of busy people by introducing the “ready to eat” or “fast-food” products, which could be tasty but not always healthy or nutritious enough, as an easy and handy solution for busy days.

Most of us now know this isn’t really a solution at all, and it definitely isn’t a real answer for the most important meal of the day. The best option is to slowdown the rhythm of our lives and enjoy the simple and important things – such as eating. When you look around the world, there are plenty of morning foods to try.

English full breakfast

  • 2 sausages, 2 slices of bacon, 2 mushrooms, 2 ripe tomatoes, 1 large egg and 1 slice of bread (toasted)
  • Preparation time: less than 30 min


Welsh breakfast

  • 2 wholemeal bread (toasted) slices, 2 cheese slices
  • Preparation: less than 10 min

Italian breakfast

  • Cappuccino and chunky croissant
  • Preparation: it depends – if you buy it, the time is almost “ready to go”, but if you choose to prepare the cappuccino at home, it could take roughly 10 min


Breakfast in Netherlands

  • 1 apple pancake (thinner than the usual version), served with few drops of honey. It is a nice combination of sweet and salty.
  • Preparation time: 15 min


French breakfast

  • Vive les croissants! Served with a glass of warm milk, yoghurt or a cup of hot coffee, the French pastries are always a tasty choice for a fast breakfast.
  • Preparation time: just buy them!


Alaskan breakfast

  • 1 pancake (at your choice), 1 egg (fried), a slice of bacon (usually it is reindeer meat)
  • Preparation time: 20 min.


Whichever type of breakfast you choose, always remember to think about what might be nutritious and healthy for your body. Enjoy!

By Daniela Mohor, Gym & Spa Operative