Most families have three meals a day. Breakfast, from 07.30 to 08.30, may be anything from bread, butter and orange jam (marmalade) to a cooked meal of bacon, eggs, sausage, tomato and mushrooms, fruit juice or cereal. People usually eat them with bread or toast, tea or coffee. Many English people now take such a full breakfast only on Sunday morning. Most people have a sandwich or a light snack.
Lunch, between 12.00 and 14.00, is usually a light meal of soup, sandwiches or salad, cheese and fruit. The main cooked meal is usually in the evening (at about 19.30) an evening meal may have the main course of meat or fish and vegetables followed by pudding, fruit and cheese. They have supper a little later. Supper is light meal eaten late at night, perhaps, after a visit to the cinema or theatre. By the way, English people do not say “Good appetite”. The traditional British afternoon tea is a dying custom at home as often no one is there at that time of day.
Tea is the British national drink. Most people drink it all over British every day. Almost half of the country drink tea.
Tea came from the Far East in the 17th century. At that time it was very expensive. The word “tea” covers many social traditions. “Teatime” is the afternoon meal of sandwiches, cake and tea to keep away hunger between lunch and dinner. Working people have tea at about 11 o’clock in the morning for a snack and call it “tea-break” or “elevenses”. The British drink mostly Indian tea.
Packed lunches play an important part in good healthy eating. More and more students take packed lunches to school. These packed lunches must not just be sweets, crisps and chops. That is not a healthy meal.
Always put a piece of fruit in the lunch box! Peel and segment an orange and put it in a container for easy eating.
Healthy Packed Lunches
Helps the body to use iron.
Fruits, especially oranges, lemons and black- currents and raw vegetables.
Provide energy. Good for bone development.
Meat, fish, cheese, eggs and nuts.
Helps the heart and blood system to use oxygen.
Liver, meat, bread and green vegetables.
Essential for healthy teeth, bones and muscles.
Milk, cheese, bread, small fish (sardines, where the bones are eaten)
Compare English and Russian traditional meals.