After hours of sleep, our body needs a boost shot that will wake up our metabolism and help fill us up with energy for the rest of the day. Of course, this is why breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. Unfortunately, in recent years, the unhealthiest breakfasts, the American and English ones, have invaded our kitchens (no offense to the English or Americans!). I personally love English breakfast, but I do know that it’s not the best option for my health, not to mention for my cholesterol.
So, allow Dr. Foodle to introduce you to other traditional breakfasts of the world, which are much healthier than those previously mentioned.
My small, non-fat Greek breakfast
Mediterranean diet needs no introduction anymore. A very simple but healthy Greek breakfast would include some fresh bread, olives, fresh cucumbers, and tasty tomatoes. It’s as simple as that!
Waking Up in Costa Rica
Gallo Pinto (painted rooster!), the traditional dish of Costa Rica, mainly consists of rice, black beans, cumin, and bell peppers with the optional addition of eggs. Of course, one can find many variations, but never ask a Costa Rican if he or she can cook Gallo Pinto; it’s analogous of asking a Brit if he can make a cup of tea, or a Greek if he eats souvlaki!
Sunrise in Japan
Probably a weird combination for non-Asians, but a Japanese breakfast may include rice, tofu, soya beans, dried algae, and fish! It may not sound as usual to Europeans or Americans, but it still is a combination low in sugar and rich in minerals.
Good morning, Vietnam!
For the fans of Asian food, this may not be something new, but if you already tried Pho, did you know that it is the most popular kind of breakfast in Vietnam? It is a noodle soup with various vegetables and spices such as coriander, mint, lime, cooked nuts, and chili. It is not very unusual to also include meat as well.
Breakfast with the Pharaohs
Ful Medames is a traditional breakfast in Egypt, dating back to the times of Pharaohs! This ancient recipe includes fava beans cooked through the night, along with parsley, cumin, garlic, onion, lemon juice, and chili. As you may guess, the taste is intense, but it is a dish low in fats and rich in fibers, iron, and other minerals.