Cora’s has become an increasingly popular place for people to go for breakfast. This morning my office headed out to eat together, and I must confess being slightly disappointed in the menu. Cora’s touts itself as being healthy, but what I saw on people’s plates made me question that. There were probably 3 breakfasts for me to choose from that weren’t loaded with sugar, refined carbs, fatty meats, creams, or sauces. As it was, I opted for Peggy’s Poached– a poached egg on toast (I opted for multi-grain, which thankfully came unbuttered), a side of fruit and a side of cottage cheese. All this for only $9.55! Wait, I can make that at home for less than $3. So not only do their prices seem a wee bit out of line for what I got, the rest of their menu packs a whopper caloric punch!
Cora’s website, suspiciously, does not have nutritional information listed anywhere. Maybe that’s because one of their standard breakfasts packs all the calories you need for a day. Between hollandaise, English cream, custard, syrup, butter, whipped cream, chocolate hazelnut spread, and all other forms of topping, I felt sorry for the arteries of those around me. That and lets face it, French toast, waffles, pancakes, and crepes, are mostly made from white flours, devoid of most nutritional value. Do they serve all their food with sides of fruit? Absolutely, but that doesn’t make the entire meal healthy.
Beyond that calories, the serving sizes are such that no human being needs that amount of food in one meal. For example, The Blueberry Fields is blueberry pancakes– at least 3 of them, 10-inch round– topped with English cream. Most people would then add on syrup, and maybe a side of custard for good measure. Oh goodness! Think about what you’re doing people! And that doesn’t even touch on the crepes that are dessert disguised as breakfast. Even one of their standard breakfasts can come with eggs, meat, brioche, cream, fruit, and then a side of toast to boot. My standard breakfast might be an egg on toast, but certainly not all the rest too.
Be careful when going to restaurants that you think of as healthy. Remember that fruit and vegetables do not necessarily equal healthy. Oh, and fruit may be lower in calories and a better choice, but remember, eat enough, and they’ll still build up.