• Hila

Tahini for breakfast

Updated: May 27, 2019

Break fast. It is the first meal of the day, the one to break the previous night’s fasting period.

Breakfast meals vary in different cultures and places around the world. In France, breakfast is a café au lait and a croissant with butter or jam. The American continental breakfast includes pancakes, waffles, bacon, and scrambled eggs. In England, breakfast is not breakfast without beans, and in China, I once had rice noodles soup and unsweetened tea for breakfast.

For breakfast in Israel- my homeland –we eat a fresh vegetables salad, and an omelet or shakshuka- eggs baked in tomato sauce spiced with dry and fresh herbs.  These are served with black salty olives, various white cheeses- labneh, cottage cheese, and feta cheese, fruit jam, tahini sauce, and crusty bread.

Yes. Israelis do eat tahini for breakfast.

There are so many reasons why it’s good to add tahini to your morning meal. Tahini is packed with numerous vitamins and minerals, it contains a high level of protein and calcium, and it’s a source of iron. It’s a great starter for the day.

You can have tahini as a savory sauce like in the traditional Israeli breakfast (simply made with tahini paste, lemon juice, garlic, and water), and you can also enjoy it in a sweet way.

On a recent visit to Israel I came across a breakfast kit in the dairy isle of the grocery store. This small package contains plain yogurt, pumpkin seeds and nuts, tahini, and silan (dates honey). This is a perfect to-go meal for busy mornings.

Each one of sweet tahini spreads - sweetened with carob syrup, raw honey, or dates - supports a healthy and balanced breakfast. Spread the tahini cacao spread on a bread and top it with banana slices, sprinkle some pecans on a piece of toast with our tahini dates spread, or add a spoonful of our tahini carob spread into your yogurt and oats bowl.

And remember: Never skip breakfast- give your body the boost of energy it needs to start a happy healthy day.