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.
Here are my favourite Healthy Breakfast Ideas for under $5:
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.
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.
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!
Breakfast burritos – Using low carb or whole wheat tortillas, mix up eggs, salsa, and cheese to make a yummy breakfast concoction.
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!
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.
Sausage and Eggs – Keep breakfast simple by making sausage and eggs for your breakfast of choice. My family never complains about this meal.
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?
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:
• 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 packages is NOT a good replacement 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)
1 cup milk of choice 1/3 cup quick oats 1 tsp cacao powder 1 tbsp honey 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tbsp peanut butter
1 banana, sliced 1 tbsp ground peanuts
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).
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.
Here are five easy and healthy breakfasts that are perfect for hectic mornings:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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!