10 Healthy Breakfast Ideas from Around the World

10 International Breakfasts Healthier Than Yours

If you think the rest of the world is just sucking down cigs and croissants for breakfast, you’re sadly mistaken. Take a cue from these countries’ better-for-you choices—and get your ‘Merica on by welcoming the following healthy breakfast ideas into your life.

Here’s the thing about why breakfast is so important: After 6+ hours or sleep, your body is starved of nutrients and needs an injection to fire up its metabolism and return to full operating capacity. Unfortunately, too many Americans feed it nothing but sugar-soaked cereals, juice, or bacon-egg-n-cheeses, ensuring a day of limited productivity (and possibly a lifetime of cholesterol issues).

Other countries may not have our amber waves of grain, but many do offer a healthier breakfast blueprint. Take inspiration from these 10 international breakfasts that contain both the nutrients you need and deliciousness par excellence. None of these is 100 percent perfect—but most likely a lot healthier than yours.

Turkey

It’s difficult not to find fans of the typical Turkish breakfast among nutritionists and gourmands alike. The impressive spread of meze-style dishes starts with olives, tomato, white cheese, parsley (squeezed with lemon) and moves on to eggs, honey, cubanelle peppers, cucumbers, garlic sausage, and savory pastries. The olives are a particularly good source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat while the ever-present tea is loaded with antioxidant catechins.

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