From a young age, we were all taught that we needed to eat breakfast. But what is it really? Where did the term come from? And why does it taste so delicious? While the answer to the third question is subjective, the answers to the first two aren't, so here we go. Breakfast is the first meal humans consume daily. To phrase it better, breakfast is the meal we eat in the morning when we wake up from a night's sleep. This English term came from 'breaking the fasting period'- aka the time between the last meal of the evening and the first meal the following morning.
Breakfast is served in just about every country in the world. And although menus vary, there are traditional items like bacon, eggs, and pancakes- each with its own variation in their country of origin, of course. The preparation time usually isn't as long as lunch or dinner and cleanup is just as easy.
With all that you've learned about breakfast, can you name all of these foods from just a picture? We've even added hints to make it easier for you. So give it a go and see how many you can correctly identify.
The waffle, of which there are many variations, is a dish made of leavened dough or batter. It has origins in Belgium and France.
This type of salt-cured pork is made from various meat cuts, specifically the back cut or the pork belly.
Introduced in the 15th century, this brewed drink is made from the roasted seeds of the Coffea plant which is native to tropical Africa.
This popular porridge is made by boiling ground oats with milk or water and adding various flavorings, such as brown sugar, nutmeg or cinnamon.
Served hot or cold, this French breakfast food is an open-baked dish comprising of a pastry crust filled with cheese, eggs, milk or cream, vegetables, meat or seafood.
Scones are single-served bread/cakes made with wheat, barley or oatmeal, baking powder. They may include raisins, cheese, currants, or dates.
A pancake is a starch butter-based flat cake served with a variety of toppings, such as syrup, jam, fruit or chocolate chips.
With more than 10 variations, this American dish is typically made with two halves of an English muffin topped with Canadian bacon, ham, a poached egg and hollandaise sauce.
This type of pastry comes with a variety of sweet or savory fillings, such as apples, blueberries, chicken, beef, sweet potatoes, and cheese.
Huevos rancheros is a popular Mexican dish composed of fried eggs, tortillas, tomato-chili sauce served with rice, refried beans, guacamole or avocado.
Originating in Africa, this tropical fruit is identified by its green outer shell, pink to deep red juicy flesh and black seeds.
Muesli is a popular Swiss/German dish developed by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner in the early 1900s.
These supplemental bars typically provide 200 – 300 calories and are used as a source of energy for people who do not have time for a meal.
Preparation of this staple breakfast food comprises of shredded, diced, julienned or riced potatoes which are then pan fried.
Sausages are cylindrical meat products encased in intestine or synthetic material. They may be preserved by smoking, curing, drying or freezing.
As the name suggests, the primary ingredients for this meal are eggs – usually served sunny-side-up – and steak.
Grits are a corn/maize porridge of Native American origin prepared with water, milk, and other flavorings, such as bacon, cheese, and green onions.
This French pastry is identified by its oblong-shaped choux dough which is filled with a variety of flavored custards and topped with fondant icing.
A rich source of antioxidants, this popular drink is made from the juice of the cranberry fruit which is produced throughout many Canadian farms.
This hybrid fruit is the result of the accidental cross of two citrus species that were introduced in Barbados from Asia during the 17th century.
This dish – which is composed of bread soaked in eggs and milk, then fried – owes its origins to Apicius; a collection of 4th- or 5th-century Latin recipes.
As a breakfast food, this white liquid is primarily extracted from farm mammals such as cows, goats, and sheep.
Danish pastry is a multi-layered, laminated puff pastry which was introduced in Denmark by Austrian bakers.
The American version of this frozen French dessert features layers of ice-cream, parfait, flavored gelatin, whipped cream and fresh fruits.
Although there many other ways to achieve this, the most common method is by immersing the unbroken egg in boiling water.
Wheat germ, a component of wheat grains, is an important source of several necessary nutrients, including fiber.
These sandwiches are made with breakfast-associated foods such as eggs, ham, bacon, cheese, and sausage.
This deep-fried confectionary dessert is characterized by its typical ring shape, although other shapes are also used.
As the name suggests, this popular American dish consists of soft dough biscuits and flavored meat or sawmill gravy.
Pop tarts, a pre-baked toaster pastries produced by the Kellogg Company, were first introduced in 1964 and officially released in 1967.
Cinnamon rolls are yeast-leavened sweet rolls that are sometimes eaten with cream cheese or icing.
This breakfast side dish is made by cutting potatoes into wedges, dices, or hunks and then frying them in a pan or skillet.
Also referred to as a breakfast wrap, this dish is made up of breakfast dishes such as eggs, ham, bacon, and cheese, wrapped in a tortilla.
Tea, served hot or cold, is a savory beverage that originated in Southwest China and later introduced to Europe by Portuguese priests.
This breakfast food is made up of rolled oats, honey, nuts and brown sugar and is usually eaten with milk, like cereal.
This type of bread is made from mashed bananas with some recipes including raisins, nuts, walnuts, pecans, and chocolate chips.
This fruit drink is the result of extracting juice from apples, which undergo further treatment to remove impurities.
An omelet is a dish that is made by frying beaten eggs without stirring. The eggs are folded around a filling consisting of bacon, cheese, chives, vegetables, and just about anything else your tastebuds crave.
The name 'cereal' is used to refer to any grass grown for the edible parts of its grain. Cereals are a rich source of many essential nutrients.
Bagels are a ring-shaped bread product that originated in the Jewish communities of Poland sometime in the early 1600s.
Two main variations of the muffin exist; the European flatbread and the North American cupcake-like quick bread. They date back to the 18th and 19th centuries respectively.
This dairy product is characterized by its creamy texture and tart flavor, the latter of which is the result of the bacterial fermentation of milk.
Toast is sliced bread (sometimes stale), that has been browned, usually using toasters or toaster ovens.
This thick beverage is similar to milkshakes but use raw fruits and vegetables instead of ice-cream.
This type of milk has been infused with chocolate syrup or chocolate powder to create the desired flavor.
Crepes, typically made from wheat or buckwheat flour, are a thin pastry served with a variety of fillings.
Bananas are edible fruits that come a variety of colors when ripe, including green, yellow, red, purple, and brown.
Orange juice, which has a high concentration of vitamin C, is produced by extracting the liquid from oranges.
This croissant, known for its crescent shape, is a French pastry that dates back to the 13th century Austria.
This dish typically uses chicken eggs alone, though other ingredients, such as salt, pepper, sausage, and onions, may be used.