Widely considered the most important meal of the day, breakfast varies massively across the world in terms of fat content and calories, as well as health benefits.
Canvas Holidays have commissioned award-winning dietitian Harriet Smith to find out which nation has the healthiest breakfast and what tweaks we can make to make to our own breakfasts to improve our health.
Iceland comes out on top!
Taking first place in the survey was Iceland with Hafragrautur (oatmeal), which they serve with SKyr yoghurt, fruit, coffee and cod liver oil. Their breakfast is high in protein, fibre, and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and low in fat and salt.
The home countries don’t fare too well in the healthy breakfast stakes due to their penchant for fry-ups (Ireland 8th, England 9th and Scotland 11th). However, Dietitian Harriet has offered some modifications and simple swaps, which mean a cooked breakfast can be enjoyed from time-to-time without worrying too much about expanding waistlines.
- Instead of having fruit juice, swap for whole fruit, not only will it fill you up more, it will also provide some all-important fibre.
- Sometimes it’s just down to preparation – grill instead of fry!
- Replace a high fat item for a veggie option. For example instead of two sausages have one and add avocado, mushrooms or a couple of spoonfuls of beans as a great alternative.
- Breakfast is a great meal to add more fibre into your diet, adding beans or wholemeal toast is a quick and easy way to increase your intake. (In the UK, fewer than one in 10 adults eat the recommended 30g of fibre daily)
- Add protein to your plate as it’ll keep you feeling fuller for longer. Scrambled or poached eggs or a small pot of yoghurt are ideal.
Popular Canvas Holiday destinations – France, Spain, Italy and Croatia come out well in the ratings. We’re encouraging our holidaymakers to “go local” and try something new next time they’re on holiday.
Book your break here and enjoy breakfast in the sunshine with us soon.