7 Healthy Breakfasts You Can Make for Less Than $2
Eating well while saving money is a win-win in our book.
Breakfast can often feel like the most rushed meal of the day, where convenience takes precedence. While that usually involves opting for less-healthy foods, we're confident you can jump-start your morning with a quick, nutritious meal that costs less than $2 per serving. These recipes prove that there are more than enough options to get you through the week feeling good from the inside out.
But First, a Drink
For a delicious drink that's ready by the time you finish making breakfast, combine guava juice with some chia seeds. Mix 1 cup cold juice with 1 tablespoon chia seeds; stir and refrigerate until the seeds soften and start to gel, 10 to 15 minutes. Pour over ice and serve. It costs just $1.34 per serving.
Savory Breakfast Ideas
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Simple Scrambled Eggs, $1.83 per serving
When it comes to scrambled eggs, less is more. Cooking beaten eggs over low heat ensures that they stay soft rather than rubbery. Mix in your favorite cheese at the end for an extra-luscious finish.
Egg-in-a-Hole, $0.64 per serving
Ree Drummond's recipe for an egg-in-a-hole needs no special equipment; you can just use the rim of a cup to make a hole in the bread if you don't have a biscuit cutter. This fun yet simple way to serve eggs and toast together is sure to be a family favorite.
Avocado Toasts, $1.99 per serving
Our take on the ever-popular avocado toast enhances the flavor by rubbing a clove of garlic on the crisped-up bread and seasoning with salt and pepper before topping with the avocado mash. For a final flourish, sprinkle flaky sea salt and crushed red pepper flakes over the top.
Whole30 Bacon and Egg Cups (pictured above), $1.80 per serving
Whether you're feeding a crowd or just yourself, these petite cups are fun and easy to make. Packed full of protein, the bacon and eggs sit on top of potato slices and are baked in a muffin tin for neat stacking. The rendered fat from the bacon provides the perfect amount of oil to cook the potato and bell pepper pieces.
Hash Browns Makeover, $1.97 per serving
Instead of making individual hash browns, add the grated veggies to a hot skillet to make a large potato pancake that you can slice and serve. Parsnip and fresh scallions add a crunchy, mellow bite that complement the flavor of the potatoes.
Sweet Breakfast Ideas
Overnight Oats, $1.75 per serving
Breakfast-on-the-go has never been easier with overnight oats. Soak rolled oats in your milk of choice in individual jars before you go to sleep, then add in your favorite toppings such as granola, fruit or cinnamon in the morning.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Cookies, $1.25 per serving
Who says you can't have cookies for breakfast? You can feel good about pairing these easy-to-make treats with your morning cup of coffee. This recipe is chockful of goodies right there in the name.
How We Priced These Recipes
To come up with the cost per serving, we totaled up the average cost for purchasing the necessary ingredients and added 5% of the total on top for pantry staples such as salt, pepper, oil, sugar and flour. Then we simply divided the total amount by the number of servings. Depending on where you live and the cost of groceries in your area, the cost per serving may vary.