The Surprising Meal Bindi Irwin Eats To Start Her Day

Most of us equate the morning hours with a cup of coffee, perhaps a glass of orange juice, and a bowl of cereal, or a plate of scrambled eggs. But not Bindi Irwin. The newly-married animal lover recently confessed she enjoys a somewhat-unconventional breakfast. "I'll have one (a cup of tea) every morning with breakfast, which will be a brown rice and vegetable bowl," Irwin said (via Daily Mail).

Irwin also admitted to being an early riser, getting up at 7 a.m., and then eating her savory morning meal before opening the zoo. To prove a breakfast of veggies, rice, and a protein is the star's preference over sugary cereal or perhaps even a bowl of oatmeal, Irwin posted a picture of her ideal first meal on Instagram. "I'm not the only one who prefers kale & tofu over cereal, right?" she asked in the caption.

Meanwhile, although you might assume Irwin, a lifelong devotee of caring for animals just like her father Steve Irwin, is a vegan — especially given her predilection for tofu — according to Who, the 20-year-old has never actually confirmed she does not eat any meat.

Bindi Irwin's breakfast is actually not that strange

Not every culture around the world nibbles on Rice Krispies or toast first thing in the morning. In fact, according to USA Today, in many countries, a breakfast looks more like what Americans might eat for lunch or dinner. In Korea, breakfast is rice and vegetables like spinach. Sound familiar? In Japan, you might wake up and eat miso soup with fish, veggies, and a cup of tea. Similarly, in Burma, breakfast consists of sticky rice, beans, and fish, and a cup of tea.

Likewise, a typical Australian breakfast is more savory than what we are accustomed to. You might have porridge, roasted eggs and broccoli, or avocado toast (via The New York Times). Kale polenta is served in Australian-style cafes in New York City. You might even encounter a breakfast salad.

So, in the end, it seems Irwin's idea of a morning meal is not so out of left field. We're guessing her bowl of brown rice and veggies leaves her more satisfied than a carb-loaded bagel, anyway.