Living a Kosher life can often mean making sacrifices which would not occur to non-religious people, but one area where no-one should have to give up anything is at breakfast. Experts always say that this is the most important meal of the day, and Jewish people should pay as much attention to their morning meal as they do to any other part of their diet. Although most foods traditionally served for breakfast, such as cereals and toast, will not comply with the requirements of the Kosher rules, it is possible to buy alternatives or equivalents that are made to the same standard, but also comply with Jewish law.


While the rules that outline what Jewish people can eat, there are only a few regulations that will apply to the making of breakfast, such as the banning of dairy products with meats in the same meal, or the requirements that prepared food be made with a Jewish person present. This can mean that most ready-made cereals are out, and most breads and even some bagels will also be forbidden. Grains also need to be inspected for any insects, and many people living a Kosher diet will look for suitable Kosher breakfast foods through specialist stores, rather than risk buying something which has not been created according to the rules.


The bagel is a traditional Jewish breakfast bun, and in fact was brought to the US by Jewish immigrants from Europe. It is popular either warmed or toasted, and then covered in lox or cream cheese. Other spreads may also be used, although honeys and jams need to be Kosher as well in order to meet the requirements of a Jewish diet. As an alternative, matzo breads or crackers can be served, and Matzo Brei, which is fried bread and eggs, is a popular dish in some Jewish communities. The Shakshuka is another egg dish which is fried with tomatoes and onions, but covered in chilli and turmeric powders to give it a highly spiced flavour similar to devilled eggs. All of these breakfast treats can be used to create an excellent range of dishes for guests, or simply for family members who disagree about what a Kosher breakfast involves.