Contemporary Breakfast in the United States and
Did You Know?...
…that today, most Americans and Canadians eat
a reduced breakfast most days, but may still enjoy a traditional
hearty breakfast on weekends, holidays, and vacations?
…that having only coffee or skipping breakfast entirely is also
…that eating out for breakfast or brunch is
common on weekends and holidays?
…that a typical
contemporary combination of food for a hearty breakfast consists
of eggs (fried or scrambled), one type of meat, and one or two
starchy dishes [commonly hash browns and toast]?
more basic breakfast combination would be a starchy food (such
as toast, pastry, breakfast cereal, oatmeal, pancakes, or
waffles) either alone or served with fruit and yogurt?
…that this second option, similar to the continental breakfasts
served in Europe, is especially common in institutional
situations where serving hot food is difficult, expensive, or
…that restaurants that serve breakfast
typically base their menus around egg dishes and pork meats such
as sausage, ham and bacon with pancakes and waffles are also
…that an assemblage commonly known as a country
breakfast in restaurants consists of eggs or omelet, sausage or
bacon, hash browns, sausage gravy, coffee, biscuits or toast
with jam or jelly, and fruit juice?
…that a typical
breakfast for those that eat ordinary breakfast as a home meal
is instant oatmeal or a cold breakfast cereal with milk?
…that leftovers from the previous day's meals may also be eaten
for breakfast, such as cold pizza?
influenced by recent dietary advice are gaining in popularity in
some parts of the country, such as California, featuring yogurt,
whole-grain cereal, fresh fruit or egg-white omelets?
…that coffee is the most common breakfast beverage and in the
United States, 65% of coffee drunk during the day is with
…that also common for breakfast are tea,
milk, hot chocolate, orange juice, and other fruit juices
(grapefruit, tomato, etc.)?
…that occasionally for
breakfast, caffeinated carbonated beverages may be substituted
for the more traditional coffee or tea?
breakfast, espresso drinks such as cappuccino and latte have
become increasingly popular since the 1990s?
Washington State and British Columbia, the cappuccino and latte
are the default way of buying coffee for breakfast.
the modern options typical of the U.S.A. and Canada are
representative of Western-style breakfasts that have become
common worldwide, especially in industrialized nations?
…that breakfast foods are thought to be typically eaten during
morning hours, these foods are distinct from other foods even if
eaten outside of the morning?
…that some serve breakfast
…that there are several fast food and casual
dining chains in North America, such as IHOP and Denny's, that
specialize in hearty breakfast-style foods, such as pancakes and
country breakfasts, and offer them all day?
...that like greasy
spoons in the UK, American coffeeshops and diners typically
serve breakfast foods all day?
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