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Breakfast in France: One Reason Why French Stay Slim?

Breakfast is simple in France. Boring almost. Repetitive. Normal. Not exceptionally healthy or gourmet.

First it requires a baguette.

Breakfast in France

or a baguette de tradition or baguette de campagne.

Breakfast in France

Or this type of pain bread from a boulangerie artisanale called a ‘Boule.’

Breakfast in France

Cut the bread into slices and toast them.

sliced baguette

Add some of this to the top of each slice.


And some jam. If it is homemade, this is even better.

Apricot Vanilla Jam, Packaged

Eat about 2-3 slices of these delicious tartines open-faced toasts. Drink a hot drink.

Hot black coffee.

White Coffee 2 go!!
Or coffee with milk.

coffee Waves

Or tea.

Tea Photography

or hot chocolate.

Breakfast in France

Time to wake up and eat breakfast. Breakfast isn’t skipped. Nothing else will be eaten between breakfast and lunch. There is no snacking. An appetite grows until it is (at last) that magic hour: the wonderfully long French lunchtime. And lunch? That is where the French sit down and eat a big three course meal. The main meal for the day. As written in this article “Differences Between France and America, Main Meal at Lunch“.

One reason French adults stay slim? A boring and simple petit dejeuner breakfast.

What do you think?

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5 Responses to Breakfast in France: One Reason Why French Stay Slim?

  1. Kathy March 29, 2012 at 15:04 #

    Hi Mary,
    I am curious. Recently, here in America, so much focus is on having a balanced breakfast with enough protein to “carry you until lunch”. How do the French not have the blood sugar dip that would be expected after the simple carb breakfast – especially without any snack before lunch? I would love to offer my kids a French style breakfast and they would LOVE to eat it. But I would worry that I wasn’t giving them enough protein and whole grains.

    • mbrighton March 29, 2012 at 15:28 #

      Hi Kathy,Thanks for your comment. The reason the French do not have the blood sugar dip has to do with the butter. The butter, high in fat, helps to keep the blood sugar stable until lunch. These French tartines, or opened toasts, are usually topped with adequate amounts of butter to keep you full until lunch. Some French use margarine or the special vegetable spreads that claim to lower your cholesterol on their tartines. Also, many French own a bread machine and use it to make whole grain breads for the morning breakfast.
      For children, I would add some fruit juice and/or fresh fruit plus a protein source, like a yogurt or piece of cheese with these tartines.
      The French are VERY disciplined when it comes to eating. Their main meal is at lunch time. They might feel a bit of a dip in mid morning: this calls for a coffee (maybe). If not, they work or survive through the hunger pains. All worth it to sit down, feel hungry and have a high protein balanced midday meal.
      I can tell you from personal experience that: I do eat breakfast like the French. And usually at 10 am I eat a full fat yogurt to not have the sugar dip. I don’t use a lot of butter on my breads and I often walk or exercise in the morning and I need the extra calories. Plus I feel better physically having some protein in the mid morning.
      Hope this answers your question. If not let me know.

  2. Anna Kay March 29, 2012 at 12:33 #

    You forgot: “or hot chocolate” … “or warm milk”

    • mbrighton March 29, 2012 at 12:43 #

      You are right Anna Kay. I actually did have hot chocolate in with the other hot drinks. The article started looking a bit long. But since you pointed it out to me, will add it now.


  1. Suzanne Saxe-R, Ed.D - March 28, 2012

    RT @mbrighton66 Breakfast in France: One Reason Why French Stay Slim?: A French breakfast or how the French eat …

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