We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you have a jam-packed day, however, it can also be the most difficult meal of the day. No one wants to wake up early in order to have time to put together the sort of “complete breakfast” you see advertised on television. In lieu of that, breakfasts often consist of either a pop tart on the way out the door, a stop at a fast food restaurant, or—worst of all—they get skipped entirely. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 10 cheap and easy breakfast ideas that will save you money in your wallet and time in your day.
There’s a reason that overnight oats have become a fad in recent years. This genius breakfast can be prepped the night before or even at the beginning of the week, making it a great grab-and-go option for people who have busy mornings and less busy evenings. They can also be varied, so you don’t feel like you’re having the same breakfast every single morning. If you’re interested in adding overnight oats to your breakfast routine, check out this Pinterest board of delicious overnight oats recipes.
Another easy breakfast you can prepare the night before are breakfast bars. Breakfast bars have a lot of the same ingredients as overnight oats but they taste more like a cookie than like oatmeal. If you have anyone in your home who doesn’t love the texture of overnight oats, these are a really good option. This recipe can be made in about 5 minutes, involves no cooking whatsoever, and is a fan favorite.
Cereal and Yogurt
While cereal has long been the quick breakfast choice in a lot of families, it falls flat when it comes to actually keeping you full until lunch. Spruce it up by mixing it into some plain Greek yogurt instead. The protein in the yogurt will help keep you full, and you’ll actually eat the yogurt instead of wasting most of a bowl of milk. Cereal and yogurt also travels better than cereal in milk because it’s harder to spill.
For a new take on simple toast, spread an avocado on your toasted bread. Avocado is a superfood. It’s packed with healthy fats, is guaranteed to keep you full, and has tons of vitamins and minerals. To spruce it up a little, you can add a dash of cinnamon to the top of your avocado toast or a pinch of brown sugar if you want a hint of something sweet when you first wake up.
Blueberries in Milk
If you want a lighter breakfast that’s packed with antioxidants, try some blueberries in milk. Just a little bit of sugar sprinkled on top makes this breakfast gold. It’s as easy as making yourself a bowl of cereal, but has a light, fresh taste to it—perfect in time for summer. This can also be part of a breakfast, and you can grab some crackers with peanut butter to go with it if you need something with a little more staying power. Blueberries are another super food and really great to add to your day.
Breakfast smoothies are a great way to start your day. They can give you servings of fruits and vegetables at the start of your day, and if you add some protein powder or peanut butter into your smoothie, they can keep you full until lunch. The great thing about a smoothie is that it can be thrown into a to-go cup and hit the road with you, perfect for the woman on the go.
If you like a slightly less traditional breakfast in the morning, you can make yourself a quick and easy breakfast roll up. Grab a flour tortilla and spread some cream cheese on it along with a few veggies (we like spinach and raw peppers) and some black beans. This grab and go breakfast has tons of nutrients and some protein, and you can make it the night before if you want.
A bagel is another breakfast that often isn’t enough on its own. But you can make your bagel work for you by adding a few more ingredients to it before you walk out the door—and it doesn’t have to cost you much time. While bagels with cream cheese, capers, and locks are our personal favorite, you can have the same effect for a fraction of the cost by putting cream cheese, spinach, and lunch meat on your bagel. You can even make it into a quick breakfast sandwich for way less than you’d pay at your local fast food chain.
Eggs on a weekday? With this quick and easy microwave recipe, that can be a reality for you. Scramble some eggs in a bowl with a little bit of milk. You can also throw in spinach or bacon crumbles if you want. Microwave the eggs for 30 seconds at a time. When they look solidified but not quite done, sprinkle some cheese on top and microwave them for another 30 seconds and, voila, you have easy, protein-packed microwaved eggs in less time than it takes to toast a pop-tart. You can even throw them on a piece of toast for an open-faced breakfast sandwich. Yum!
Fruit Breakfast Roll-Up
If you like your breakfast to be sweet rather than savory, you can make a quick breakfast roll-up using fruit rather than vegetables. Grab a flour tortilla and spread some peanut butter on it. Then, add the fruits of your choice. Bananas, apples, and cranberries do especially well in this protein-packed fruit roll-ups. You can even add some granola for a little extra crunch!
When you go to a drive-through, you can easily spend 20 dollars on breakfast. By buying the ingredients to grab a quick breakfast at home, you can save yourself money and have a healthy breakfast that will make you feel good throughout your morning in less time than it takes to go through a drive through. What can be better than that?