Rise and shine – it’s breakfast time

French breads

Before heading off to school or work, French people fuel up with toasted bread with butter and/or jam, a simple pastry such as a croissant (sans butter), a hard breakfast biscuit (cookie), or cereal.

And of course, coffee, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and coffee are essential to any French breakfast. 

In France, a savory breakfast, such as eggs and ham, is considered too heavy. On the other hand, crepes, pancakes and French toast are considered dessert foods. Even though a French breakfast may look rather scant compared to the traditional American version, it’s actually part of the secret to why so many French people are fit and healthy. Many studies have shown that smaller breakfasts high in fiber (much like typical French breakfasts) are best for maintaining health and weight.

Can I skip french breakfast?

What happens if you skip breakfast? You may think you’re saving yourself the calories, but in fact you’re more likely to gain unhealthy weight by not eating a proper breakfast.

A new study published by the American Heart Association indicates that men over 40 are more likely to have a heart attack or die from heart disease if they skip breakfast regularly, and women are at greater risk of developing type II diabetes. It makes sense that, if you eat early in the day, you’re less likely to overeat later. People who eat breakfast regularly have a lower risk of obesity, as well as lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Love French baguettes

Most Americans know the health benefits of eating breakfast, but cite lack of time as the number one reason they skip it. So use the French solution and treat yourself to a flaky, buttery croissant or a buttered baguette on your way to work in the morning. It’s actually good for you!


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