10 Ways To Make Breakfast On A Budget

It’s incredibly easy to ignore the most important meal of the day with a college student’s schedule. To be completely honest, it’s much easier to ignore with a college student’s budget.

However, I’m here to prove that you can have delicious breakfasts every day without breaking the bank. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even like a few of them.

10. Black Beans ($1.50 / can)

Recipe: Black Bean Breakfast Bowl


Black beans are a great addition to any soup or salad, but mixing some in with eggs, fruits, and veggies in a bowl makes for a filling breakfast.

These beans are packed with carbs and fiber, and other nutrients. They’re also a great source of vegan protein with very little fat.

9. Chicken Breast ($2.99 / lb.)

Recipe: Chicken & Egg Breakfast Sandwich


If you want a little heartier meal, baking some chicken breast and making a sandwich is the perfect solution.

Chicken has lots of healthy protein, and has been linked to losing weight, cholesterol control, blood pressure control, and a reduced risk of cancer.

8. Oatmeal ($1 / lb. in bulk)

Recipe: Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie 


Oatmeal is a great way to start the day because of it’s high amounts of soluble fiber. This helps you feel fuller for longer, and therefore can help prevent overeating later in the day.

It can also contains calcium and potassium, which can help lower blood pressure.

7. Salmon ($2.50 / 14.75 – oz. can)

Recipe: Baked Salmon


Salmon isn’t the first food that immediately comes to mind when you think of breakfast, but it’s actually quite good for you. It has a lot of protein and vitamins, but most important is the omega-3 fatty acids. These can improve brain, heart and joint function.

6. Greek Yogurt ($1.50 / unit)

Recipe: Greek Yogurt Pancakes


Greek yogurt is a little tart, but it’s something that can get you ready for the rest of the day. Greek yogurt has twice the protein as normal yogurt, as well as probiotic cultures.

5. Brown Rice ($2 / lb.)

Recipe: Brown Rice Breakfast Porridge


If you’re tired of making oatmeal in the morning, brown rice might be a nice change of pace. It’s high in antioxidants and high in fiber.

4. Bananas  ($2 / bunch)

Recipe: Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie


Bananas are an easy snack or smoothie ingredient, but eating it as a regular part of your diet can help a lot. It’s full of potassium and mood-boosting B9 and tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin.

3. Pumpkin (~$2.50 / 15- oz. can)

Recipe: Paleo Pumpkin Muffins


They’re not just for lattes and holiday pies anymore! Adding actual pumpkin to your diet can improve heart health and lower your risk of cancer.

2. Sweet Potatoes ($1 / lb.)

Recipe: Sweet Potato Hash


This is another unlikely breakfast ingredient. Sweet potatoes can be baked or served up in a hash. It can also help steady blood sugar and boost immunity.

`. Apples ($0.75 / unit)

Recipe: No Bake Apple Pie Protein Bars


I hope you appreciate how hard I’m trying to keep from using the cliche you’re thinking of right now. Apples are another great snack for later in the day, but is also perfectly comfortable at the breakfast table.

Apples can reduce your risk for diabetes, boost heart health, and prevent gallstones.


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