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Cheap Breakfast Ideas
It maybe the most important meal of the day but cheap breakfast ideas are necessary if you are going to keep your grocery budget less than the national debt.
Trying to juggle healthy foods, quick foods, and inexpensive foods can be overwhelming, especially if you have a family. Cereal may be quick but it isn't inexpensive or healthy. Pancakes are inexpensive and healthy but they aren't quick. Organic scrambled eggs and whole grain toast is quick and healthy but not so inexpensive. Is it possible to have all three factors come into some sort of magical alignment without the world spinning out of it's orbit?
Sure it is. It will take careful planning, and a little organization on your part but the inexpensive, quick, and healthy breakfast is perfectly doable. In fact, you can even have a variety of foods. Don't think you just have to eat oatmeal every day!
What Is a Nutritious Breakfast?
Ideally a nutritious breakfast would be made up of protein, complex carbohydrates, and a little healthy fat. It would be about 1/6 of your calorie needs for the day, maybe a little more. So, for a 1,600 calorie a day intake, breakfast would be 300 calories. The rest of your calories would be spread out over snacks, lunch and dinner.
The healthiest foods always start with the words 100 percent organic. Each of the items below is best if it is organic.
Primarily Protein Foods
- Soy (although too much soy may not be good for you)
Primarily Complex Carbohydrate Foods
- Whole wheat
- Brown Rice
- Most whole grains
Primarily Healthy Fats
- Olive oil
- Cold pressed oils
- Coconut oil (cold pressed, organic, extra virgin)
- Turbinado sugar
- Maple syrup
- Fruit spreads
Learn to Plan Ahead
By planning your breakfasts ahead of time you can use the inexpensive breakfast ideas to create the kind of breakfasts that you might enjoy in a really good Bed and Breakfast. Think of doing as much during your time off as possible.
It is important to use time saving techniques such as:
- Cooking in large quantities
- Creating mixes
- Use the slow cooker
By doing these things you will save time during the busy weekday mornings and still be able to ensure that you and your family get a healthy start to their day.
Make Your Own Convenience Foods
You can make your own mixes out of organic ingredients. These can save you time and money. Buying a commercial pancake mix is neither healthy, nor cheap but if you make your own with organically grown items it can fit the three requirements of cheap, quick, and healthy.
Awesome Healthy Pancake Mix
Use organic ingredients in this for a healthy, inexpensive mix. Make the pancakes on the weekend and stack them separated freeze them in freezer bags. This recipe is based on one from King Arthur Flour.
Whole Grain Pancake Mix
- 3 cups organic old-fashioned rolled oats1/2 cup uncooked organic brown rice
- 4 cups organic whole wheat flour
- 1 cup organic unbleached all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons turbinado sugar
- 3 tablespoons aluminum free baking powder
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
Grind the rice and the oats up in the blender until they are almost a powder.
Add to the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
Store tightly sealed in a cool, dry place.
Add 1 cup of mix to a bowl. Stir in:
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon organic oil (coconut works great-warm it until it is liquid)
Allow to stand for 10 minutes while you heat the griddle. Make pancakes as usual, flipping when tiny bubbles form on the top.
Makes 6 pancakes, approximately
Quiche is a healthy breakfast food that is easy to make ahead in individual sized tart shells and freeze. When you are ready, just pop them in the microwave for a minute or two and you have a great breakfast on the go. You can use any quiche recipe. Just pour the filling into homemade or purchased tart shells and bake until done, about 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature and then freeze in an airtight container.
Homemade Instant Oatmeal
If you love the convenience of instant oatmeal but not the price you can easily make your own; better, healthier, and less expensively.
The basic ingredients are:
- 1/2 cup organic quick oats
- pinch of salt
- 2 tbs sugar, brown or white
To this you can add any combination of the following organic ingredients:
- Dried apples
- Dried peaches
- Dried pineapple
- Dried apricots
Place this in a snack sized storage bag and seal. To make oatmeal just pour the mixture into a bowl and add ¾ cup boiling water or milk. Stir and allow to stand for a minute.
More Cheap Breakfast Ideas
Other Cheap Breakfast Ideas
- Cottage cheese with fruit and nuts sprinkled over the top
- Yogurt, Whole wheat toast, and a piece of fruit
- Apple slices dipped in peanut butter
- Homemade sausage biscuits
- Scrambled eggs, tomatoes, and cheese rolled up in a whole wheat tortilla
- Homemade granola with fruit
- English muffin pizzas
- Whole grain muffins
- Treat yourself to homemade donuts once in awhile.
There are hundreds of cheap breakfast ideas if you take the time to do some research and are willing to spend a couple of hours on the weekend to make items ahead of time. You may be able to save enough money to pay for your summer vacation every year by using these ideas and adding your own to them.