Self-serve, eat in or take away cafes are great for speed. Tea, with a self-serve pot of yoghurt, fruit compote and granola is my healthy choice (about 250kcal total). A latte with a pain aux raisin is my indulgence treat (about 500kcal including the latte).
The Muffin Myth; portions tend to be large. It isn’t surprising to see Choc chunk muffins at over 500kcal but the Hearty Grains/high fibre muffin at Pret a Manger is 470kcal, Starbucks Rise and Shine muffin is 461kcal and even the Reduced Fat Skinny Berry muffin at EAT is 384kcal. The name sounds healthy but the small plain croissants or similar, have fewer calories. However pastries aren’t healthy food, the salt and fat put them firmly in the ‘naughty but nice’ category.
A Drink; milky coffee adds to the nutritional value of the breakfast, the protein helping to keep us satiated for longer. The skim milk option keeps the calories down. I avoid fruit juice as the ‘free’ sugar content is quite high, although tomato juice is a better choice, I always drink water.
THE LINGER LONGER BREAKFAST
A quiet relax with a meal at the diner type eateries, sets us up for the day. Apart from a brief nod to a culinary theme, the fare on offer is largely the same. Even places like Weatherspoon’s, traditionally more like a bar, have the same nutritious options as Frankie and Bennies, Giraffe and Garfunkel’s, to name a few.
Porridge oats with a choice of milk and a choice of fruit/toppings are nourishing and very tasty, the other ubiquitous healthy option is granola with yoghurt and fruit. The combination of grains and milk/yoghurt provides the protein and nutrients whilst being fairly light on calories (depending on the amount of granola).
Beware A regular full cooked breakfast is around 900kcal and contains more salt and saturated fat that we can’t afford to eat them often.
Better to have two poached eggs on granary toast, at around 380kcal. Most eateries are happy to adapt a menu item and if it seems too light, add roast tomatoes, mushrooms or baked beans to increase the quantity without a blowout on calories.
EARLY OPENING in most terminal cafes is truly impressive. 4 am is fairly standard and many open even earlier.
The smallest regional airports have a limited choice for breakfast, but larger airports generally have a good range of options. Glasgow Airport has several early opening bars.
If travelling from a small airport or wanting to avoid the crowds, you might be best taking some backup options with you. Good choices could include a banana, UHT pot of creamed rice, small packets of dried fruit, or a small portion of cheese and some crackers.
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