“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, this is an old saying that actually might be- at least to some extent- true. There are generally two different groups of people, those who can’t leave their homes without having breakfast and those who never eat when they get up because they have a lack of appetite.

While every country has it’s own food traditions, we cannot deny that the world is in a continuous globalization process where you can find almost all the foreign products on your actual country. Additionally, there are some breakfast trends like the granola cereal that suits a wide range of countries. Granola is currently consumed and well known in almost every country, being especially famous in North America. Granola is my preferred breakfast! I like it because it is so crunchy and it keeps you full until lunchtime.

It is an interesting reality to see the enormous diversity between all the breakfast cultures around the world. Today we are going to see some breakfast traditions from different exciting countries!

Japanese traditional breakfast

A traditional Japanese breakfast can be seen as a bit awkward for western cultures. It consists on plain steamed rice or rice porridge, a miso soup, nori (dried seaweed), tamagoyaki (rolled omelet), broiled fish, tsukemono (pickels) and of course a cup of green tea.

Italian breakfast

A typical Italian breakfast consists on latte or cappuccino with biscuits or cereals. Bread or a cookie-like hard bread called fette biscottate, with marmalade or nutella. A glass of orange juice is also quite common on an Italian breakfast. Cakes with fruits are also common. If breakfast is eaten in a bar it is composed of cappuccino and cornetto.

Full Irish breakfast

The Irish breakfast consists of bacon, fried eggs, black pudding (blood sausage), white pudding (blood sausage minus the blood), fried tomatoes, and soda bread. The components vary based on where in Ireland you’re eating. Usually, this hefty plate comes with a glass of juice or mug of tea to help to digest it.


Turkish breakfast


The standard Turkish breakfast includes cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese, olives, honey and tea. There are many aspects of the Turkish breakfast that are healthy, this meal as a whole provides a well-rounded macronutrient profile.

Another aspect that differs from other cultures is that Turkish families usually take any meal as an opportunity of gathering together.


Costa Rican breakfast

Costa Rica loves the dish gallo pinto for breakfast, which is rice and black beans and eggs on the side. This breakfast allows Costa Rica’s population to work nonstop until lunchtime. This breakfast is high in fiber, protein and complex carbohydrates.

Chinese breakfast

Asian countries tend to have a leg up on healthy breakfast habits. A typical Chinese breakfast might consist of a dumpling or bun filled with vegetables or meat, along with a cup of soymilk tea, or a soupy rice porridge called congee. Both of these breakfast choices are low in fat and sugar and allow for an early opportunity to incorporate vegetables into the daily diet.

Which is your favorite breakfast? Have you tried any breakfast that is not on this list and you really love it? Why don’t you share it with us? 🙂

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Laura is originally from Barcelona, Spain; she is currently living in London, where she moved two years ago to start a Marketing career. She likes keeping her healthy equilibrated Mediterranean diet and enjoys having a healthy lifestyle. She is currently blogging for http://www.lizis.co.uk/ about nutrition and recipes.

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