Healthy breakfasts are a great way to start the day. A key way to spend less money is to plan your meals ahead of time. How can you plan your meals though when you have no idea what to make? Here are quick and easy breakfast ideas to help you get started. If you figure eating out for brunch for two is ~$50 in the city and brunch at home is ~$5 you can save a lot of money quickly by planning your breakfasts before you go to the grocery store. It also enables you to eat healthier! These quick and easy breakfast ideas are perfect for busy mornings.
Prep The Night Before Breakfast: Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats need to be made the night before, but this quick breakfast idea takes seconds to make and at minimum all you need is overnight oats and almond milk. I usually make one serving at a time. The link above includes recipes for 7 different overnight oats flavors! My personal favorite of all of the overnight oat recipes is the banana bread overnight oats. Not only are overnight oats low effort, they are cheap and healthy! This breakfast is less than a $1, even when you add the extra ingredients.
Meal Prep Breakfast: Chia Seed Pudding
Chia Seed Pudding is one of my favorite breakfasts to meal prep. One batch usually makes 4-5 breakfasts, depending how much I put in each mason jar. I’ll add the toppings in the morning. My recent favorite toppings for chia pudding are almonds, maple syrup and blueberries. When I don’t have time to grab fresh fruit I like adding frozen raspberries to chia seed pudding.
Quick Breakfast: Bananas and Almond Butter
A banana with almond butter is an excellent way to start your day! It’s sweet without any added sugar and the almond butter provides an excellent source of protein to help fill you up. A banana with almond butter takes seconds to put together and minutes to eat.
On The Go Breakfast: Yogurt
One of the easiest on the go breakfasts is yogurt. Greek yogurt is full of protein but you should check the label to make sure there isn’t too much added sugar.
Protein Packed Breakfast: Eggs
There are many ways quick and easy ways to eat eggs for breakfast. Eggs are full of protein and help fill you up. Eggs are also very cheap, usually between $1-3 for a dozen. You can make hard boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, omelettes and more! A recent favorite of mine is salami scrambled eggs with salami, cheddar cheese and scrambled eggs.
Meal Prep Breakfast: Havarti Quiche
Havarti Quiche is a great meal prep breakfast that you can make ahead of time and warm up the morning of. This can be made for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I like to buy the ingredients for Havarti Quiche at Trader Joe’s because they have the best cheese prices! You’ll need a few ingredients: havarti cheese, premade pie crust (usually in the freezer isle at Trader Joe’s and comes in packs of 2), 3-4 eggs, 1 1/2 cups of half and half, bag of frozen spinach and spices.
To start, line most of the bottom of the crust which takes about 1/2 of the harvarti cheese. Combine 3 or 4 eggs, 1.5 cups half and half and dash of pepper, nutmeg, teaspoon of both basil and minced parsley and half a teaspoon of dry mustard. Thaw a bag of frozen spinach and mix that with the egg and half and half mixture, pour on top of the cheese. Bake at 350 for 45 -50 minutes. The prep takes about the same amount of time as it does for the oven to preheat.
Meal Prep Breakfast: Sausage, Leek and Spinach Quiche
Sausage, Leek and Spinach Quiche is a Whole30 Approved recipe. This recipe is also the most prep time intensive of the list as it involves slicing sweet potatoes for the “crust.” If one of the reasons you meal plan is to save time, this recipe might not be for you. That said, this is the healthiest quiche I’ve ever had and it was delicious.
Whole 30 Breakfast: Sweet Potato “Toast” With Avocado And Sausage
Oven baked sweet potato toast is a healthy way to start your day and is Whole30 Approved. To make sweet potato “toast” slice the sweet potato and bake for 25 minutes ahead of time. Put it in the fridge and when you’re ready to eat it toast it like you normally would a piece of toast in the toaster oven and add sliced avocados. If you’d like to add a side of sausage, the sausage below is Trader Joe’s Chicken Sausage.
Spring / Summer Breakfast: Raspberry Acai Bowl
Homemade Acai Bowls are a great breakfast for spring / summer. Alternatively, you can make only the smoothie and drink it on the go. When you get an Acai bowl eating out, it sometimes can be up to $15! When you make it at home you can freeze everything you need besides the almond milk: frozen raspberries, the Acai Frozen Packets and freeze a few bananas. The Acai Frozen Packets (5 per package) can be anywhere from $5-10 but it’s much cheaper than buying 5 bowls eating out. I usually just use 1 frozen packet per bowl, raspberries, almond milk, bananas and then put some almond butter and granola on top. This takes less than 10 minutes to prep and make.
Whole 30 Meal Prep Breakfast: Sweet Potato and Caramelized Onion Hash
Sweet Potato and Caramelized Onion Hash was my favorite Whole 30 breakfast recipe! I would meal prep on Sundays and make one batch. This dish is great for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the morning, I would warm this up and add two eggs on top. I also have made this with the crockpot salsa chicken which was really good and added protein.
I’d love to hear if you have any quick breakfast ideas and what your experience is if you make any of these recipes in the comments!