Protein for breakfast

May 28th, 2008, 05:15 PM
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I think the take-away(no pun intended) here is that each country has different "normals", as does each hotel: you may find what you need at the hotel-supplied breakfast. But of course you're in cities-you can always go out for breakfast! And, frankly, most breakfast meats are 99% fat with a tiny bit of protein amongst the nitrites. Don't jump down someone's throat when you've asked specifically about eggs and breakfast meats. Put some milk in your coffee and you have protein!
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May 28th, 2008, 07:46 PM
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Date: 05/28/2008, 08:34 pm

Well I live here in the US and we never have heavy, greasy egg and bacon breakfasts. Frankly, I don't know how to swallow that stuff at 7am. All I can manage is toast or cereal. And that goes for most people I know. (Brunch is different since you're actually having that at lunch time.)

But - to each is own.

If this type of breakfast is so important to you - check out what your hotel offers (some places have hard-boiled eggs - and in northern europe there are often buffets - but cold with meats and cheeses).

NYTraveler, what a crappy and condescending response.

Most people actually SHOULD eat some protein in the morning.

Connie, I have the same problem and have always been able to find some type of protein for breakfast in Europe.

We have had some of our best breakfasts in the smaller 2* hotels in Germany and Austria.

As others have stated, you will probably have a choice of yogurt, ham/salami and/or cheese with some amazing breads and rolls. Many of our hotels also served boiled eggs.

I found that many hotels will give you an idea of what they serve for breakfast on their website, so you might try that.
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May 28th, 2008, 09:11 PM
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Peanut butter is available in lots of European supermarkets.
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May 28th, 2008, 11:08 PM
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I have some protein with every meal, including breakfast. I, too, ask for a hard boiled egg or cheese to put on the usual bread at breakfast. I also take almond butter which to me is tastier than peanut butter.

I know all about energy crashes from skipping protein! Have fun.
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May 29th, 2008, 03:27 AM
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I have the same problem as most of you describe and have Type II diabetes as well, so the coffee and croissant breakfast just isn't going to do it.

Aside from renting an apartment, the best choices in my experience are at business hotels rather than the kind of quaint hotel most of us want to seek out on vacation. This applies in the US as well, where country inns and B&Bs feature muffins, pancakes, and waffles, not a choices for me.

In France, Mercure hotels in particular have had good breakfasts in my experience, since they cater to international business travelers.

I have had good luck in French cafes ordering a "sandwich mixte" a ham and cheese sandwich, for breakfast. It makes for a nice combination of protein and carb.
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May 30th, 2008, 11:02 AM
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Connie-I fly everyweek to Europe and have a flying friend(along with the daughter) who has to eat something with high protein or she turns into something from the Hell.Anyway,she has found that if she doesn't bring her peanut butter she always buy a ham/cheese baquette the night before and has that for breakfast. I have started the practice too and it works out great to start the day.

I have stayed at too many hotels and B/B's overseas that don't offer a real breakfast so fully understand what you need. Recently, I looked at the hotel in Athens that our crew was staying at and it was 34 Euros for room service breakfast of eggs,bacon,coffee and yoghurt-WHAT??? Granola bars,those Kraft cheese and cracker packs and peanut butter are lifesavers!
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May 30th, 2008, 11:27 AM
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Connie, we have blood sugar issues in our family also. I never travel anywhere without nuts an protein bars. They are a lifesaver on trips - if not for breakfast then for a mid afternoon snack. That being said, the breakfasts we've found in Europe almost always include yogurt, if not cheese, meats, etc.
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May 30th, 2008, 02:57 PM
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In France, the typical breakfast is a croissant, some rolls, often juice, sometimes yogurt, sometimes fruit. A lot depends on where you are staying. In Vienna, the Netherlands, and Germany you will find meats (such as ham), cheeses, and hard-cooked eggs. Those will also appear on buffets in France.

If you need protein, just pack good breakfast bars.
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May 30th, 2008, 04:08 PM
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I'm sorry if I seemed condescending - but I object to the fact that someone says "eggs and breakfast meats like we do in the US". I'm in the US -as are my family and friends - and we don;t eat that way - and frankly I find egg and bacon breakfasts way too heavy and greasy.

There's nothing wrong with protein - but the OP specifically mentioned "eggs and breakfast meats".

Yes -most places you can get hard boiled eggs and many offer yogurt with cereals (NOT just sugary pastries - but very healthy cereals with lots of fiber, and many with protein).

Perhaps I was just responding to the OPs assumption that all Americans eat the way she does - which frankly is a heart attack on a plate - unless you're talking egg beaters and super low fat turkey sausage.
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May 30th, 2008, 05:42 PM
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Look, all she said was eggs and breakfast meats NOT greasy bacon and sausage.

I think you assumed the worse about the poster and tried to teach her a lesson.
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May 31st, 2008, 05:09 AM
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All conflict aside, the OP's dilemma is based on two suppositions:

a) She is confined to the hotel with no other source of sustenance and forced on a death march of sightseeing with only the hotel breakfast on board


b) She is travelling to places so remote (an ice floe, perhaps) that a slice of cheese, a cup of yogurt or handful of nuts is available only by packing in or airlift.

Not only does Europe have restaurants, supermarkets and minimarkets, it also has humans, whose physiological needs are identical to ours.
And a cafe au lait and croissant breakfast is a beautiful thing, more to be anticipated than dreaded.
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May 31st, 2008, 05:18 AM
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If your hotel room has a minibar you'll have a fridge. Go shopping, buy what you need in a supermarket - meat, cheese, yoghurt - and take that down to breakfast.
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May 31st, 2008, 05:56 AM
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*sigh* but as we all keep trying to say...she probably won't need to. Funnily enough we do have protein in Europe, even at breakfast time, in the vast majority of hotels.
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May 31st, 2008, 06:27 AM
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Take/buy cans of sardines or tuna - very high in protein.
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May 31st, 2008, 08:18 AM
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If it is a hotel breakfast buffet there is likely cheese, yogurt, possibly sliced meat set out.

There is no need to pack anything, rather purchase nuts, canned tuna, whatever after you arrive.

If there is a mini-frig, the idea of buying your own cheese, meat, yogurt is a good one.

If you have a coffee maker in the room, you can make 2 hard boiled eggs using that.
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May 31st, 2008, 08:19 AM
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Peanut butter seems such a messy suggestion. Why not just eat nuts?
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May 31st, 2008, 08:42 AM
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I thought that the "complimentary continental breakfast" with danish and donuts was more a domain of reasonably priced US motel chains than that of European hotels or inns.
Even at one low budget Etap Hotel in a god-forsaken industrial zone near Marseille airport they had a breakfast buffet including cheese and cold sausages for breakfast for €5 pP...
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May 31st, 2008, 09:19 AM
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In Italy, six of our nine hotels offered ham, cheese, and boiled eggs for breakfast. One offered omelets and one offered scrambled eggs and bacon. All offered yogurt, milk, and bel paese. Several offered liver pate.

Most of our hotel rooms had refrigerators, which were mini bars or were formerly mini bars.

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May 31st, 2008, 01:09 PM
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Back in 1983 when we visited Austria and stayed at budget end accommodations in villages and cities, we were always offered a hard roll, coffee, and jam for breakfast.

I don't know if that was the function of the times or the places we chose. These days we invariably see a more complete buffet.
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May 31st, 2008, 01:15 PM
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Buffet breakfasts in hotels throughout Europe tend to offer choices adapted to all of the countries of Europe now, since everybody is traveling these days.

However, smaller hotels where items are brought to your breakfast table will generally cater to local tastes.

It is really not a problem to procure additional items that you need yourself.
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