Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Under $5

As the saying goes, ‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day’.  So while this is true, it can also be the least expensive and easiest meal to make of the day. With using items like sausage, veggies, eggs, and other ingredients that are easily accessible, you can easily make breakfast for the whole family for under $5.

9 Healthy breakfast ideas for under $5

Here are my favourite Healthy Breakfast Ideas for under $5:

  1. Greek Yogurt and Fruit – You can usually pick up a tub of Greek Yogurt for under $4. Use some frozen fruit and maple syrup for a topping and you have a delicious breakfast.
  2. French Toast – One of my family’s favorite meals is French toast… for breakfast or dinner ;). For some reason, we can’t get enough of it. I don’t mind because using whole wheat, I can make the French toast semi-healthy! We add fruit topping or peanut butter instead of real maple syrup sometimes.
  3. Banana with Peanut Butter – Is there anything more delicious than bananas and peanut butter? I think not! It also makes for a very filling breakfast for little ones. If your child doesn’t like bananas, try cutting up an apple for them. Delicious, healthy, and simple!
  4. Breakfast burritos – Using low carb or whole wheat tortillas, mix up eggs, salsa, and cheese to make a yummy breakfast concoction.
  5. Oatmeal – The lovely thing about oatmeal is that you can make it simple and healthy. Oatmeal is cheap and can feed a lot of people at one time. I’ve got three great recipes for oatmeal: Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal, Chunky Monkey Oatmeal or Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets.
  6. Fruit salad – One of my favorite healthy meals for under $5 is taking all the leftover fruit in the fridge and mixing it together to create a fruit salad. Sometimes I add a bit of yogurt on top. Yum!
  7. Veggie omelet – A dozen eggs can be bought for a little over $2. Make a yummy veggie omelet to feed your family a healthy meal for under $5.
  8. Sausage and Eggs – Keep breakfast simple by making sausage and eggs for your breakfast of choice. My family never complains about this meal.
  9. Homemade banana muffins – If you have old bananas in your possession, make some muffins out of them. A simple breakfast that will save you money! These are my most favourite Banana Chocolate Chip muffins.

These 9 healthy breakfast ideas for under $5 will help you stay on budget and keep you feeling great all day long. It’s easy to swing through the drive thru and get caught up in a $20 breakfast for the family. But instead, it’s just as easy to make your own breakfast at home for $5 (and stay in your pajamas!).

What healthy breakfast ideas do you have for under $5?

Chunky Monkey Oatmeal: A Healthy Breakfast on a Budget

Chunky monkey oatmeal: A healthy breakfast on a budget

Start Your Day on the Right Track

We all know, as we’ve been told so many times, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The reason for this is pretty simple: In short, your body hasn’t been fed for several hours and is craving for essential nutrients.

It is recommended, for the average person, to get a minimum of eight hours of sleep per night. For this period of time, your body isn’t absorbing any nutrients and is considered to be fasting. Needless to say, if your body hasn’t been fed for so many hours, then it is even more important to feed it with the best possible ingredients first thing in the morning.

Unfortunately, breakfast is often the most neglected meal. Most people end up having a pair of toast and a cup of coffee to get it done as quickly as possible, either because of a busy schedule or simply because of the lack of inspiration (or both, maybe?).

A Healthier, Tastier Alternative

Well, today I am going to show a quick and healthy recipe that will rock your socks off: Chunky Monkey Oatmeal. I promise it will change your mind about oatmeal, forever!

What exactly is chunky monkey you ask me? Well, it’s a Ben & Jerry’s flavor consisting of banana, walnuts, and fudge… and it is delicious!

So I decided that I would try this particular combination for oatmeal, and it turned out to be DELISH. As a bonus, this recipe is very budget friendly!

I swapped walnuts for peanuts in my version, as they are much cheaper. You could also use your favorite chocolate syrup instead of cacao powder to make this recipe a bit cheaper, or if you don’t have this particular ingredient on hand. Cacao powder is among the healthiest foods on earth though, so I really think you would be missing out, your choice!

So Let’s Have a Look at What’s in There:

• Pure Oatmeal is an excellent source of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. This high-quality body fuel contains roughly 6 grams of protein per portion and a plethora of essential vitamins and minerals. It is also very budget-friendly, one of the cheapest breakfast options out there, period. Instant oatmeal is NOT pure oatmeal though, it will not provide the same health benefits. There is a big difference between the two.
• Cacao Powder is, like I said above, among the healthiest foods on the planet. It is full of antioxidants (40 times more than blueberries, can you believe that?!). It is anti-inflammatory, will balance your mood, make you happy, combat fatigue, lower your blood pressure, prevent cardiovascular diseases, and much more! Cheaper alternative: Chocolate syrup. Although, far less healthy.
• Honey Is one of the healthiest sweeteners out there. Full of antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals, it will never spoil. It will crystallize over time, but will still be perfectly edible: simply heat it back to its liquid form. Cheaper alternative: Brown sugar. Again, less healthy.
• Peanuts are an excellent source of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats which are often overlooked for being calorie-dense. But don’t be fooled by their high-calorie count per portion, as studies have shown that peanuts actually promote weight-loss. They are super healthy and very budget-friendly.
• Bananas are an impressive fruit. They will boost your energy levels, boost your mood, help with digestion and improve your skin, bones and brain health. Bananas are also one of the cheapest (fresh) fruits at the store (if not the cheapest).

Chunky Monkey Oatmeal: A Healthy Breakfast on a Budget

Serves Two (2)

INGREDIENTS

Oatmeal:

1 cup milk of choice
1/3 cup pure oatmeal
1 tsp cacao powder
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp peanut butter

Toppings:

1 banana, sliced
1 tbsp ground peanuts

INSTRUCTIONS:

Heat the liquids (milk, honey, vanilla extract) over medium heat in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally, until the mixture starts to bubble. About 7-10 minutes.

Add in the oatmeal and cacao powder, mix well. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has been absorbed.

Remove from heat and add in the peanut butter, mix well. Serve in a bowl, top with banana slices and ground peanuts.

Toppings on the picture: Banana slices, ground peanuts, a pinch of cacao powder and melted dark chocolate (optional).

Chunky Monkey Oatmeal
 
Ingredients
Oatmeal:
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • ⅓ cup pure oatmeal
  • 1 tsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
Toppings:
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 tbsp ground peanuts
Instructions
  1. Heat the liquids (milk, honey, vanilla extract) over medium heat in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally, until the mixture starts to bubble. About 7-10 minutes.
  2. Add in the oatmeal and cacao powder, mix well. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. Remove from heat and add in the peanut butter, mix well. Serve in a bowl, top with banana slices and ground peanuts.

Cost per serving: $0.63

Nutrition information per serving:
Calories: 303
Carbohydrate: 40g
Fat: 12g
Fibers: 7g
Protein: 13g

(Nutrition information is calculated with the ingredients listed in the “Ingredients” section only.)

This blog post is a courtesy of Gabriel from One Clever Chef , a blog where you will find various healthy and simple recipes made with real food.

5 Easy and Healthy Breakfasts for Hectic Mornings

On hectic, busy mornings, breakfast doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Here are five quick, easy and healthy alternatives to cereal or toast.

Mornings can be such a crazy, hectic time.

Especially if you’ve got kids that go to school, you have to be at work or any of you have an early morning appointment or activity.  It can be a real struggle to get everyone dressed, fed, packed and out the door to your event/school/work in a timely fashion.

Even on days when we don’t have to be out early, I know it can be SO tempting to pull out the cereal, or make a piece of toast and call it good. Plus, who has time to get creative in the kitchen for breakfast? We want quick, easy AND healthy, but usually compromise on the healthy end of things…

But it’s honestly easier than you think to make healthy breakfasts that are delicious and nutrient rich, keeping tummies fuller, longer.

On hectic, busy mornings, breakfast doesn't have to be unhealthy. Here are five quick, easy and healthy alternatives to cereal or toast.

Here are five easy and healthy breakfasts that are perfect for hectic mornings:

OATMEAL

I used to despise oatmeal. But as I’ve grown older and found recipes I like, oatmeal is one of my favourite things to make for breakfast. I’ve got two recipes that I like to switch up.

homemade instant oatmeal packets

The first being Homemade Instant Oatmeal packets. I love the fact that I can whip up a whole bunch of packets (just like buying them from the store!) in no time and have breakfast on hand for quite a few weeks. My second favourite oatmeal is this Overnight Refrigerator oatmeal.

Both of these oatmeal recipes are very versatile when it comes to adding toppings that you like. I’m a big fan of adding raspberries or strawberries. Nut butters, nuts and seeds would also be great additions.

SMOOTHIES

Smoothies are delicious and so satisfying! Not to mention a breeze to put together. Currently our favourite combination is frozen strawberries, banana, yogurt, protein powder, and either juice or water. Sometims I like to add spinach or kale, or frozen berries, or frozen peaches.

This Tropical Pineapple Peach Slushie might also be a great dairy-free option:

Pineapple and Peach Slushie

What’s your favourite smoothie combination?

EGG TOAST

My husband’s most common breakfast request is egg toast. It’s a notch up from plain scrambled eggs or plain toast. 🙂 To make it, I simply scramble up some eggs with some milk and a touch of salt and pepper. Then I divide the eggs between some whole grain toast, then top it all with some shredded cheese.

On hectic, busy mornings, breakfast doesn't have to be unhealthy. Here are five quick, easy and healthy alternatives to cereal or toast.

FRENCH TOAST

Not the quickest breakfast on the list, but it’s still quite easy to put together! Plus, this french toast is perfect for freezing leftovers, then popping in the toaster. We like to top ours with butter, real maple syrup and sometimes fruit and whipping cream. French toast is also a hit with me because of the egg mixture it’s coated in, giving it more protein than pancakes or waffles.

Easy French Toast

FRUIT SALAD WITH GREEK YOGURT

If I could just eat fruit for breakfast, I would! I love, love a big bowl of fruit salad. But to give it more protein, thus making us fuller for longer, I serve it with some Greek yogurt. I can’t quite do plain Greek yogurt yet, so I usually buy vanilla flavoured yogurt.  As for the fruit salad, I just cut up what fruit we have on hand. Which is usually apples, strawberries, bananas, oranges and sometimes berries or mango.

What are your quick and easy healthy breakfast ideas?

March Mixes – Homemade Instant Oatmeal

DIY Instant Oatmeal

Oatmeal, a classic breakfast staple.  One that I used to detest as a child, but quite enjoy now!

Inspired by Sally’s oatmeal that I’ve found at Walmart and Real Canadian Superstore, I’ve recreated my own version of the Maple and Brown Sugar flavour!

Homemade Instant Oatmeal
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups oats (old fashioned)
  • ½ cup dried fruit (I like cranberries)
  • ½ cup chopped nuts (almonds are my fav)
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Roast nuts for 5 minutes or until lightly toasted; set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients including the toasted nuts.
  4. Store in an air tight container for up to 1 month.
To Make Oatmeal:
  1. Scoop out ⅓ cup of the oatmeal mixture and place in a bowl with ½ cup water. Microwave for 90 seconds - 2 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.

March Mixes – Homemade Granola

Sprinkling some homemade granola over yogurt and eating it, can be a delicious way to start your day! Here's the recipe for homemade granola!

Sprinkling some homemade granola over yogurt and eating it, is one of my favourite ways to start my day!  I love having it on hand all the time for easy snacking too!  Here’s my recipe for the yummy homemade granola I’ve been enjoying lately!

Homemade Granola
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 2 Tbsp oil (I use coconut oil)
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large roasting pan, stir together the dry ingredients.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the oil, honey and vanilla.
  4. Drizzle the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients in the roasting pan. Stir well until everything seems coated. (extra oil or honey may be added as needed)
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes, stiring every 10 minutes.
  6. Once cooled, store in an airtight container for up to three months.
Notes
Dried fruit is also an excellent addition to this recipe, but I like to add it after the roasting. I find they dry out too much otherwise.

Here are the rest of the recipes that have been shared during March Mixes:

March Mixes – Healthy Whole Grain Pancake Mix

Healthy pancake mix recipe

I love whole grain foods so this pancake recipe is my favourite!  These ones can be quite versatile as you can add ground flax, chia seeds, berries, or what ever you like, to add extra punch.  Sienna loves them with cinnamon. 🙂

Healthy Pancake Mix
 
Ingredients
For the Mix:
  • 3½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups whole wheat white flour
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon (optional)
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil (or coconut oil, grape seed oil)
For the finished cooked pancakes
  • 1 cup mix
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup plain yogurt (or vanilla)
  • 1 egg
Instructions
To make the Mix
  1. Grind oats in a food processor until they’re chopped fine.
  2. Mix the ground oats, flours, and remaining dry ingredients in large bowl until combined.
  3. Drizzle in the oil. Stir until the mix clumps together in your hand. (If need be, add 1 tablespoon of oil at a time until the mixture clumps.)
  4. Store in an airtight container in the freezer indefinitely.
To make Pancakes
  1. Whisk together 1 cup mix with ½ cup milk, ½ cup yogurt, and 1 egg.
  2. Let stand 15 minutes to thicken.
  3. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat.
  4. Using ¼ cup, spoon batter onto pan.
  5. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side until lightly browned.

March Mixes - DIY mixes for convenience

March Mixes – Homemade Pancake Mix

Homemade pancake mix recipe

Welcome to March Mixes!  Where you’ll find all sorts of recipes for DIY mixes all month long.

Since the weekend begins tomorrow, I thought it would be nice if I shared a recipe for pancake mix, since I personally, think pancakes make for a delicious weekend breakfast!  So go ahead and make up the recipe below, cook a batch, then save the rest of the mix for another day!

Homemade Pancake Mix
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups flour (can substitute 1 cup whole wheat flour for 1 cup all-purpose flour)
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Place and store in an air-tight container to use within 3 months.
To make pancakes:
  1. In a bowl, combine 1 cup of dry pancake mix, 1 egg, 1 cup of milk, 1 teaspoon oil or melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Heat pan over medium heat and lightly grease with butter. Pour ¼ cup of pancake batter in the pan. Once the batter has began to bubble significantly, carefully flip the pancake. Cook for another 1-2 minutes or until the second side is golden brown.
  2. Note: Will make approximately 8 pancakes.

Easy Breakfast: Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal

Here’s a recipe for one of my new favourite breakfasts, Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal!  It’s really versatile so you can change it many ways to suit your tastes!

Not only are these refrigerator oatmeal jars quite filling and packed with a ton of nutrition, they’re delicious as well!  While chia seeds don’t add any flavour (making them super versatile), I just really love the texture they add to the oatmeal.

They should last quite a few days in the refrigerator without fresh fruit added.  I like to make two at a time, but it would be really great to make a week’s worth!  My personal favourite way to make this is with brown sugar and fresh berries (whatever I have on hand)  Grapes are also delicious.  I’m sure if you add some cut up apple and cinnamon, you’d have a tasty concoction!  Or how about some peanut butter and bananas?  The options are endless.

Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats (quick oats also work)
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt (regular yogurt works too)
  • ¼ - ⅓ cup milk
  • 1½ tsp chia seeds
  • ¼ tsp vanilla (optional)
  • Sweetener of your choice
  • Fresh fruit
Instructions
  1. Place oatmeal in a small canning jar (or container)
  2. Add in yogurt, milk, chia seeds, vanilla (optional) and your preferred sweetener (brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, stevia, jam, etc.)
  3. Stir up, then place in the refrigerator covered, to eat the next morning.
  4. Add fresh fruit just before you eat.

Easy French Toast Recipe

Here’s a classic, Easy French Toast recipe with a secret ingredient that makes them perfectly fluffy! One of our family’s favorite breakfasts! (or dinners 😉

This recipe for our favourite easy French toast is quickly becoming my husband’s specialty.  He loves making it!  So, when he says he’ll make breakfast or dinner, he’ll usually make French toast. You won’t hear any complaints from me! I love mine topped with fruit, powdered sugar and syrup! Yum!

The secret ingredient in here is actually the flour. Makes the French toast perfectly fluffy and delicious!

Here is our easy French Toast recipe:

Easy French Toast
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 6 thick slices of bread (or buy an unsliced loaf and cut it yourself)
Instructions
  1. Place flour into a big mixing bowl and slowly whisk in the milk to avoid lumps. Mix in the salt, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla extract and sugar until smooth.
  2. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat
  3. Pour the egg mixture onto a plate and soak each piece of bread until well saturated.
  4. Cook bread on each side until golden brown. Serve hot with syrup and fresh fruit!
  5. Enjoy!