When I moved to Danemark, 4 years ago, I also entered a different culture and a new way to eat. Danish people do not only have different eating timings, they also have a different approach to food.
The first difference I noticed with the French food culture was their lunch, they don’t have a warm lunch as French people do, they eat bread and a ton of raw vegetables, its the same for both adults and kids even toddlers.
The second difference is that many schools don’t have a cantine so most of parents prepare lunch boxes (including us). Danish people spend between 15 to 20 minutes for their lunchtime, you can imagine my surprise as a french working girl! In France, we use to have 1-hour minimum for lunch and French people love to seat at a French Brasserie to have their warm and flavorful lunch.
The shock was quite intense for me and my 2 first children, but after it hit us hard, we started the therapy lol. I tried to see all the advantage of not having a warm and rich lunch ( I know it sounds hard but I took the challenge😎).
- Cold meal means also less time in the kitchen
- Better for your health cause overprepared ingredients lose their benefits
- You can eat it anywhere
- It saves you save time
Having an idea of what Danish eat was not enough I had to know exactly what was inside their lunch boxe. The common ingredient you will find in every Danish plate is Rye Bread. Ohh my god, another shock!
What is Rye Bread?
After getting used to the Danish climate and lack of light I started my immersion into the Danish Food 🏊🏻.
Rye bread is a type of bread made with various proportions of flour from rye grain, it is higher in fiber than white bread and is often darker in color and stronger in flavor.
Dark rye bread was considered a staple through the Middle Ages. Saxons and Danes settled in Britain and introduced rye, which was well suited to its special climates (it goes without saying it’s cold here).
What are the benefits of eating Rye Bread?
- Rye Bread has very positive effects when your goal is weight loss, Rye bread fills you up, suppressing your desire to eat and squelching that gnawing hunger that often occurs when you’re on a weight-loss plan.
- Rye bread can help you feel fuller from meals, so you don’t find sustaining the dietary restrictions as overwhelming.
- A later study published in a 2014 edition of Nutrition Journal confirmed that whole-grain rye bread had beneficial effects on blood sugar and insulin levels when compared to white-wheat bread
- The impressive composition and density of dietary fiber in rye make it perfect for someone who is suffering from constipation or other blockages of the bowels.
- It is very rich in phenolic which is well know to have an effect on the body in disease like cancer.
- In my case it help me to connect with Danish people.
How to make Rye Bread pleasant to eat?
I like to light up Rye Bread with French mayonnaise, some avocado, and salad leaves, you can also use some thin fish fillet and eggs or meat slices.
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