emamunat asked the question:
"I'm in high school as a junior and I don't have a lot of time to get ready in the mornings. What are some healthy simple filling breakfast ideas?"
and was given some good suggestions for a healthy and quick breakfast.
You are very incorrect in your comments when you mention that "breakfast" is an English thing and that the rest of the world doesn't eat breakfast. You only need to type "breakfast" in your search bar to find the different countries eating breakfast and the types of foods that are consumed in those countries.
Unfortunately, we are bombarded with lots of hidden sugars in processed, fast and junk foods and all those fizzy drinks.
Not only that people consume far too much and their lifestyle is more sedentary to what it used to be. All portion sizes are much bigger than they used to be too.
The Ingredients in Wheetabix are: Wholegrain Wheat (95%), Malted Barley Extract, Sugar, Salt, Niacin, Iron, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Thiamin (Vitamin B1), Folic Acid.
2 biscuits have a serving value of: 136kcal, Fat 0.8g of which saturates 0.2g; Carbohydrates 26g of which sugars 1.7g; Fibre 3.8g; Protein 4.5g; Salt 0.10g; Thiamin 0.35mg; Riboflavin 0.45mg; Niacin 5.3mg; Folic Acid 64ug, Iron 4.5mg.
I guess we could go on like this forever, you're obviously very parochial about England. Bacon? Nothing but bad fat. Weetabix? Ever looked at the ingredients? Lots of artificial stuff in there. Sausage? Well, you know what's in sausage. Before the invention of fire, yeah, breakfast broke a fast that was forced by darkness, but we've had light for a long time now and so we can eat whenever we want -- there is no long fast anymore. We still use the word, but the break between dinner and breakfast for most of us isn't any longer than the break between any other meals. Unless you eat many small meals a day, which is a good way to eat, but most of us don't do that. I put breakfast in quotes, and I can't believe I'm actually explaining this, because while we give that name to the first meal of the day it's just another meal. Again, my point is, most people in the world do not eat special food for breakfast they don't eat for other meals -- this is an English idea that America, being heavily influenced by England for obvious reasons, picked up on. That is why both countries are full of very unhealthy overweight people with bad teeth. It's best to leave childhood memories behind when we grow up -- I grew up on Trix and Sugar Frosted Flakes for breakfast, or Sausage or bacon and eggs, but I don't eat like that anymore -- I've learned I can do better. Now, however you want to eat is fine by me, but the person posting was asking how to eat better, not to know how to eat comfort food. But if you want to keep focusing on the derivation of the word "breakfast," I do agree with you, that is the original meaning of the word, but again, with artificial light and refrigeration it has little meaning anymore. There is no fast to break, since we're no longer stuck not being able to find food from dusk to dawn.
This is what you wrote:
"Always keep in mind that most of the world doesn't eat "breakfast." It's
really an English idea we've picked up on."
People throughout the world eat "breakfast". It does not matter what foods are eaten for breakfast, because whatever foods you eat after you get up in the morning after a night's sleep is called "breakfast."
The way you worded your sentence makes out that "breakfast" is only an English thing.
A traditional English breakfast contains fibre (baked beans), protein (bacon and egg) fats and carbohydrates. Some English breakfasts are also served with mushrooms and a tomato. People would not normally have a breakfast like that at home these days. Those breakfasts are normally served when you go to a hotel or bed and breakfast overnight stay.
These days, there are lots of choices and in some places there is self service, so you choose what you wish to eat. There are different cereals, croissants, toast (you make yourself), different yogurts, muffins, different fresh fruit or a fruit salad, porridge, different little pots of jam and marmalade, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, bacon, sausage, baked beans, potato hash browns, black pudding. Different fruit juices, water, milk.
There is so much to choose from that you have to be very strict with yourself to not overload your plate.
A good breakfast, that is not overloaded with sugar and salt, is a good start to the day.
I think you misunderstood me, obviously. When I said the American idea of breakfast comes from England I meant the foods Americans think of when they think of breakfast food. English breakfasts are notoriously unhealthful, as is the traditional American breakfast. But nobody else in the world eats these foods for breakfast traditionally, although as they they get wealthier some are trying to emulate us. Not to their benefit.
You can choose to eat anything you want to eat for breakfast.
Breakfast means to breaking the fasting period from the prior night.
Eating breakfast is the first meal of the day, usually eaten in the morning before you start your day of work.
"Breakfast" is NOT an English idea. People throughout the world eat breakfast. But breakfast foods are different in which parts of the world you are.
Any foods that are eaten in the morning after sleeping is called "breakfast".
The traditional English breakfast would be sausage, egg, bacon, black pudding, tomato, toast with butter and marmalade.
In this day and age, people just eat what they fancy.
As a young girl my granny would fry me up a fresh egg before I went off to school.
Always keep in mind that most of the world doesn't eat "breakfast." It's really an English idea we've picked up on. Most people just eat the same food they eat for lunch or dinner, such as beans and grain. So leftovers make a great quick breakfast. In Japan they love a little miso soup with some rice and tofu. Lots of things to choose from if you just lose the idea that "breakfast" has to include breakfast food.
I mainly have some green tea with a pinch of honey and weetabix.I also take a fruit to eat on my way to college to not get hungry. :)
Sugar free peanut butter on brown/seeded bread toast;
Wheetabix with milk with fruit if you wish
Weetabix with natural yogurt and some soft fruit of your choice (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, etc.)
Shredded wheat with milk - add soft fruit if you wish
Porridge cooked in the microwave for around 4 mins - cooked with milk, half milk and half water, or just water with soft fruit of your choice, or dried fruit, some cinnamon if you like it.
Natural set yogurt with fresh soft fruit of your choice.
There are lots of other choices, but they may take longer to prepare.
Wheetabix and Shredded Wheat contain no sugar or salt. You can choose other cereals, but look at the pack label for additives, sugar and salt content.
There are some ready made porridge that you can buy, but again, look at the label for the sugar and salt content.