5 Budget Friendly Breakfasts You Can Take To Go

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Two truths about breakfast: you shouldn't skip it and you shouldn't spend a lot of money on it. Budget friendly breakfasts are easier than any other meal because breakfast ingredients are typically less expensive — and most people are okay with keeping the same few options in rotation (less risk of wasted food). If you're like me, you may even eat the same thing most days.

So what's on the menu? Here are five of my favorite budget friendly breakfasts and (bonus!) they are all portable so you can take them to go. #GottaGoBye

 

budget friendly breakfasts overnight oats
1. Overnight Oats

Oatmeal is an amazing item to have in your kitchen if you want to eat better and save money. As a great source of iron, protein, and fiber, oatmeal is super nutritious — and it is also super cheap! The downfall? Preparing a bowl of oatmeal takes a little time and effort and it's not exactly portable. Overnight oats are awesome because they give you all the benefits of oatmeal without any of the struggles.

You can whip them up the night before, then just grab-and-go in the morning — yes, you can totally eat them cold! I also love how diverse overnight oats are. You can make so many different combinations by just swapping out a few ingredients. You can keep it simple and just follow the list below or go all out and come up with a delicious combo like these PB&J Overnight Oats from Spinach for Breakfast. As far as budget friendly breakfasts go, overnight oats are definitely one of my favorites.

Ingredients you'll need:

Oatmeal

Fruit

Milk

Nuts or Nut Butter

Extras (Chia seeds, cinnamon, flax meal, etc.)

 

budget friendly breakfasts egg muffins

 

2. Egg Muffins

Kind of sounds like your favorite fast-food breakfast — but it definitely isn't. Egg muffins are basically the result of putting eggs in a muffin pan to create cute mini frittatas (and unlike their similar sounding counterpart, they are actually healthy). If you love scrambled eggs in the morning but in no way have the time or energy to actually make them, this is your solution. You can make egg muffins ahead of time and then microwave for 30-seconds before you're ready to eat.

Like overnight oats, you can also come up with tons of different combos depending on what you like. In this recipe by Spend With Pennies, she uses turkey sausage, onion, peppers, and cheese and also suggests a spinach and feta version.

To make your egg muffins, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, spray a standard-sized muffin pan* with cooking spray, and divide your ingredients (vegetables, cheese, or meat) into each cup. Then in a bowl, mix your eggs and seasonings and pour the mixture into your cups. Bake for 22-25 minutes, let cool, and refrigerate until breakfast time.

Ingredients you'll need:

Eggs

Vegetables, Cheese or Meat

Cooking Spray

Seasoning

 

budget friendly breakfasts homemade protein bars

 

3. Homemade Protein Bars

I've said some mean things about protein bars in the past and I'm going to stand by those statements. While some varieties of protein bars make a great meal replacement when traveling or on the go, most are super pricey and packed with sugar. An easy alternative is to make your own protein bars!

When making protein bars at home, you control exactly what goes in them so you can limit the sugar — and save a lot of money. Again, you can put pretty much any variety of nuts, dried fruit, oil, nut butter, and sweetener you want. These No-Bake Hemp Seed Bars are #goals.

Ingredients you'll need:

Nuts

Seeds

Coconut Oil

Maple Syrup

Nut Butter

 

budget friendly breakfasts healthy smoothies

 

4. Smoothies

Smoothies are easy to make but annoying to clean up. Invest in a single serve blender (I use the Magic Bullet Blender*, $39.88, Amazon) and that issue is instantly resolved. There is a “max” line so I know how much good stuff I can get in, I lock it in place (you don't even have to hit blend), and in seconds my smoothie is ready. I remove the bottom/blade and quickly rinse it off. I'm out the door with a balanced breakfast in hand and no mess left behind.

My go-to smoothie is frozen fruit, a handful of spinach, vegan protein powder, almond butter and unsweetened almond milk. If you want some smoothie inspo, check out Be Well By Kelly's Fab Four Smoothie or pick up her book “Body Love“*, $19.03, Amazon).

Ingredients you'll need:

Fruit

Milk or water

Greens

Protein Powder

Nut butter or coconut oil

Flax or chia seeds

 

budget friendly breakfasts yogurt parfait

 

5. Yogurt Parfaits

These look so pretty it's only human to assume they take a ton of time to construct. Plus when you see them in coffee shops they are like $5 so it's understandable why a parfait never really made it to your list of budget friendly breakfasts.

In reality, you can put one together in less than a minute for less than a dollar. I know (#mindblown). All you need is a container of plain yogurt, granola or cereal, and fruit. If you want to add a little something extra, you can top your parfait with chopped nuts, coconut flakes or cacao nibs.

Out of all the budget friendly breakfasts here, this is probably the easiest to make. All you do is grab a mason jar* and layer cereal, yogurt, and fruit. Repeat until full. Take a picture. Post on Insta (#Invibed).

Ingredient's you'll need:

Yogurt

Granola or cereal

Fruit

 

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