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Oman Food: Breakfast of champions

Alvin Thomas likes to miss the most important meal of the day to wolf down a large lunch. He checks out BreadTalk in a bid to change his breakfasting habits.



If I had a penny for every time I have been told “a hearty breakfast fuels you up and gets you ready for the day”, I would undoubtedly be a few dollars richer by now. And no, I promise you: I’m not hoodwinking when I say that.

While breakfast is the most ‘important meal of the day’, I have, like many, skipped the morning meal in favour of a heftier lunch. And currently, more people are opting to do the same than ever before – at least according to statistics revealed by WebMD (online health website) – owing to lack of time among myriad other excuses.

But, what are the dangers of skipping breakfast?

Well, for starters, foregoing breakfasts have long been linked with weight gain, although recent studies from both the University of Alabama in the US and the University of Bath in the UK have debunked the theory… partially.

Also, as per a study published in medical research website JAMA, men who skip breakfast have about 27 per cent more chance of sustaining a heart attack when compared to those who
eat breakfast.

The numbers are even worse with women. Those who skipped their morning meals had a 54 per cent more chance of developing Type 2 diabetes, as opposed to those who took breakfast.

But, one thing is for sure: eating first thing in the morning fuels your body with essential nutrients and replenishes glucose levels, both of which sharpen your mind and furthermore, set your mood for the day.

All those numbers got me thinking, and to avoid being a statistic for diabetes patients in WebMD, I (recently) made a vow to take breakfast daily.

But, where could I get a quick breakfast?

Well, the answer to that, it seemed, was right in front of me: BreadTalk, at Oman Avenues Mall.

So, I headed there with Nishad Padiyarath, our editor. They have an elaborate breakfast menu, and we were quite eager to try some of the options out for size.

We started with a portion of cheese tarts (sweet and salty) and custard lava croissants. They were sizeable, and very, very flavoursome. The cheese was fresh and the tart’s
crust crunchy.

Needless to say, it didn’t last on our plates for long.

For those interested, BreadTalk also has a new menu, which includes a turkey cheese avocado croissant, mini croissants and also feta cheese toasts.

We then asked for a BreadTalk Breakfast Platter, which consisted of a large omelette with mozzarella cheese, two chicken sausages, sautéed mushrooms, hash browns, baked beans and a side of toast, jam
and butter.

It was scrumptious and fulfilling. The freshly deep-fried hash browns and the sausages were my picks – they were fantastic.

We washed them down with
black coffees.

By then, we were stuffed. But, those interested in satisfying their early morning sweet cravings can indulge in a blueberry or red velvet pancake pops, and peanut butter coco or red velvet pancakes.

In all, we were a happy duo. They really weren’t lying about the fact that a hearty breakfast sets the tone for the day, I can
tell you.

Breakfasts are available at BreadTalk, in the Oman Avenues Mall branch, seven days a week from 10am – 4pm on weekdays, and 8am – 4pm on weekends.