To feel like you’re in a five-star hotel without leaving your home, try this continental breakfast. You can vary its ingredients for healthier foods that are recommended to start the day.

What is a continental breakfast?

In hotels, the  continental breakfast is usually served as a buffet and consists of coffee, chocolate or tea with or without milk, pastries such as brioches or croissants, toast with butter and jam, as well as bread, cheeses, cold cuts, yogurts, fruit and cereals.

Oddly enough, it is a “light” breakfast when compared to the typical English breakfast in which fried bacon, sausages, black pudding, fried or scrambled eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, stewed beans, porridge are common. , pancakes and toast with butter and jam, all accompanied by a good cup of tea, very popular not only in Great Britain, but in all countries with influence of Anglo-Saxon culture such as the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa .

One theory is that the term “continental breakfast” originated in Britain in the 19th century, as for them “the continent” referred to the countries of continental Europe.

The following recommendation for a healthy and complete continental breakfast includes healthy alternatives for your ingredients.

Homemade continental breakfast

To accompany the classic  American coffee  that we can substitute for a green tea or include almond milk to take better care of ourselves.


Fruits are more than important in the daily diet, but at breakfast they are the best way to incorporate energy into our daily food. Make sure you have fresh fruits, jams and freshly squeezed fruit juices on the table, it is important that they are freshly squeezed to ingest all the properties of the fruits, otherwise they are lost after a few hours. 


The drinks to be eaten at breakfast are a fundamental part of a decent continental breakfast. Make sure that your breakfast table has hot and cold milk, preferably vegetable milks such as almond milk, rice milk or coconut milk, envelopes with different types of tea, as well as coffee and hot water.

In this way everyone will be able to choose the drink to their liking. A good idea is to place a dark chocolate bar for submarines. 


You can include different varieties of bread in your continental breakfast. Fresh bread, baguettes, toasts and minions, all these varieties are ideal to present for breakfast. If you don’t want to opt for bread, you can also use pancakes, pancakes or waffles, you can also go for the recipe for banana bread or keto bread , which are healthy alternatives for breakfast.

Cold cuts, cheeses and eggs

Place ham, tenderloin or other cold cuts that appeal to you and your guests. Also add white cheeses and mascarpone or spread cheese. It is always good to have something salty on the table. You also have scrambled or hard boiled eggs to get a full breakfast. 


You can use corn flakes or oatmeal, cereals are very important at breakfast or lunch, as they contain essential nutrients and vitamins in the diet.

You can accompany them with vegetable milks and some fruits such as berries that are low in carbohydrates.

Follow these tips on how to make a continental breakfast and it will be a success. Some recipes that you can make for breakfast are homemade croissants and homemade bread.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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