For breakfast, one might eat fil (a kind of yogurt), knäckebröd (crisp bread) with margarine, and coffee. They might also have a coffee or tea break at mid-morning. The main meal , "middag" has traditionally been eaten during midday. Health concerns have affected eating patterns in Sweden in much the same way they have in other industrialized countries. Once heavy in meat, fish, and cheese, the diet now includes many fresh vegetables and fruits. Open-face sandwiches (smörgåsar) are also popular.
In August, Swedes enjoy crayfish parties. They boil freshwater shellfish in water, add dill, salt and sugar and leave it to cool overnight. They eat the crayfish with hot buttered toast and caraway cheese, accompanied by beer and aquavit, a vodka-like drink.