Unfortunately the high fat eating culture survived into the modern low physical activity way of life. Tasty meals close to French and German traditions are served in large portions. Lunch usually begins with a hearty and nutritious soup, followed by a main dish of meat and potato or bread dumplings, and finally sweets. Many desserts are made from fruit. A common dish is vepro-knedlo-zelo ( pork roast, dumplings, and sauerkraut). Many other meals are based on cream sauces, and other combinations by choice. Breakfast usually consists of rolls, coffee cake, butter, jam, and coffee. Ham, salami, cheese and sausages with rolls are popular snack foods, while beer is the number one beverage followed by common soft drinks and bottled water. Kuba is a barley casserole that is traditionally served on Christmas Eve. Most everyone in the eastern part of the Czech Republic makes Moravské Vanocní Sušenky (Moravian Christmas Cookie) during Christmas time. Fruit desserts such as Kolače are often served during tea time or after the main meal.
Dinner is the main Czechs meal. About 70 percent of the population eat meals while watching TV, reading a book, or the newspaper. Most families don't eat together except on weekends. Sunday lunch is usually eaten with the family at home. People eat meals in continental style. Hands, but not elbows, are kept above the table. Most Czechs do not eat out often.