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Old 12th Jul 2019, 06:07
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The Warrior Breakfast

Ill be slightly cynical and ask if the troops are paying for it or, as a trial, it’s a freebie?

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/s...mach-d87z05zwv

Smoothies beat fry up for army marching on its (toned) stomach

A mid-morning brunch of avocado on toast, egg-white omelettes and smoothies are being offered to soldiers as they shun early morning fry ups.

The army decided to test the millennial dishes and a new meal time of 9am to 10am in an attempt to adapt to the changing habits of troops, who are more health conscious than their predecessors and tend to prefer eating after exercise rather than before it. Dwindling numbers of troops living on barracks were turning up each day for breakfast, which is usually served from 7am to 8am, as they avoided traditional options such as a full English.

It is thought that many personnel were resorting to munching protein bars and other snacks mid-morning, after their physical training, to tide them over until lunch. The new brunch menu, nicknamed the Warrior breakfast, offers steamed broccoli and high-protein “smoky beans”, as well as avocado on multigrain toast with chilli flakes and sunflower seeds, poached eggs, and mushroom hashes.

The pilot scheme is being tested on HQ 4 Infantry Brigade at barracks in Catterick, North Yorkshire, and its initial success means that the new menus could be rolled out across all army bases next year. An army official said the option was “proving to be really, really popular”, adding: “It makes sense. If you’re a gym bunny, you do your physical training, then you restore your body. You add proteins for muscles that are worn, put healthy fat back into the system.”

The brunch option is not designed to replace either breakfast or lunch; it will be an additional meal provided by the cookhouses. Initial monitoring of the scheme suggests it was not impacting footfall at breakfast, which many soldiers were already skipping, or lunch, which remains a staple of soldiers’ diets.

The brunch meal plans were developed using specialist software to ensure they delivered balanced nutritional value and contained slow release carbohydrates and lean proteins. Army doctors will monitor the health and fitness of the troops involved in the pilot, which runs until December.


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Old 12th Jul 2019, 09:37
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Fighter pilot's breakfast: Coffee, Marlboro. Honk in the drip tray during the walk round, then good to go......
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Maritime aviator breakfast - nothing before arriving at jet, quick blast of 100% Oxygen to ‘freshen up’ then steel yourself for 6hrs hard eating of the in-flight rations 😁
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Breakfast at 0700? That is. halfway thru the Training Day for crying out loud!

Troops not turning up for chow....since when do you not go in a Platoon Formation?

Smoothies.....we are doomed!
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Old 12th Jul 2019, 22:27
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Makes me wonder, how many fry ups did I down in 11 years?
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Old 12th Jul 2019, 22:39
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Originally Posted by Tashengurt View Post
Makes me wonder, how many fry ups did I down in 11 years?
Not nearly enough I'll warrant ...
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I agree: 100% oxygen was the thing. In retirement I am served two soft-boiled eggs - with toy soldiers of course.
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Old 12th Jul 2019, 23:24
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The highlight of the day when you were on the flying programme on tankers was breakfast in the aircrew feeder at Marham. Mine never varied - bowl of Shreddies, two poached eggs on toast with bacon, toast and marmalade and several cups of tea - great. Fortunately I have never been prone to air sickness and even 2 hours of being chucked around in the back of a Victor while a new pilot was learning the gentle art of air to air refuelling never caused me to lose my breakfast.
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Troops not turning up for chow....since when do you not go in a Platoon Formation?
Pay as You Starve!
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The soldiers breakfast used to be a piss and a woodbine.
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Takes me back to CASTOR ( Can Anybody State The Operational Requirement?)
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Fighter pilot's breakfast: Coffee, Marlboro. Honk in the drip tray during the walk round, then good to go......


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Old 14th Jul 2019, 13:18
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Originally Posted by ORAC View Post
A mid-morning brunch of avocado on toast, egg-white omelettes and smoothies are being offered to soldiers as they shun early morning fry ups.
It used to be that the Times and Sunday Times were, like the BBC, exemplars of correct English. Those days are long past.

A mid morning brunch IS being offered!
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