Breakfast on a Budget

I’m a broke brunch enthusiast. I absolutely love all breakfast foods, from smoothies to egg sandwiches to French Toast and more! The Cheesecake Factory brunch on Sunday mornings is truly my happy place. While living in my first apartment, I’ve come up with a few easy breakfast recipes that pair perfectly with a cup of coffee! A lot of them use the same main ingredients, which makes grocery shopping a breeze. None of these are an exact science and they’re all up to your preference, but they’re quick, healthy, and delicious! Here are my 5 favorite breakfast ideas. Enjoy! 

 

Greek Omelete Wrap

 

What you’ll need: 

 

  • Olive oil

  • A handful of spinach 

  • Diced tomato

  • Diced onion 

  • Feta 

  • 2 eggs 

  • A wrap (I use Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran, & Whole Wheat Lavash Bread)

 

I sauté the spinach and onion in olive oil. Once the onions are translucent, I add the spinach and cook until it’s wilted. Then, I add the eggs and make a ‘lil omelete, adding pepper to taste. While that’s cooking, I add the diced tomato and feta onto the wrap, and then pop the omelete on top. Then I wrap it all up together, and viola! If I want something spicy, I drizzle Sriracha onto the omelete. 

 

Yogurt Parfait 

 

What you’ll need: 

 

  • Plain yogurt (I use coconut milk yogurt)

  • Honey 

  • Berries or other seasonal fruit

  • Chia seeds 

  • Granola (my favorite is the Bear Naked Original Cinnamon)

 

This is typically what I eat if I’m short on time before work or class. I first mix some honey into my plain yogurt to sweeten it up, and then add about 2 tablespoons of chia seeds. I pile on the rest of my toppings and that’s it! Super quick and no need to turn on the stove! I try to switch up the fruit to what’s seasonal, but my all-time is raspberries or fresh peaches in the summer! 

 

Avocado Toast 

 

What you’ll need: 

  • Bread (I’ve really been liking sunflower seed bread lately)

  • Avocado 

  • Everything but the Bagel Seasoning 

  • Diced tomato 

  • Feta

 

This is also a quick option! I toast my bread, take a fork and smash on the avocado, sprinkle on the holy grail of avocado toast, Everything but the Bagel Seasoning from Trader Joes, then add some diced tomato and feta. It keeps me full and is an Instagram-worthy meal!

 

Overnight Chia Pudding 

 

What you’ll need: 

 

  • ¼ cup chia seeds 

  • 1 cup milk 

  • Fresh fruit 

 

For those of you that like meal-prepping, this one’s for you! If you know you have a busy morning, prepping this overnight takes some of the morning chaos away! There are a million ways to make chia pudding, which is awesome! I really like making it with chocolate almond milk, and topping it with strawberries and bananas! I also enjoy it with vanilla almond milk, diced apples and peanut butter on top. All you need to do is stir your milk and chia seeds together in a mason jar, let it sit in the fridge overnight, and then add your fruit in the morning. 

 

Hide-the-Green smoothie 

 

What you’ll need: 

  • Handful of spinach 

  • Frozen blueberries 

  • Almond butter 

  • Chia seeds 

  • Milk (I use chocolate almond milk or oat milk)

 

This is perfect for getting your greens in without tasting them! And for those of you who live in dorms, this one’s for you! I started making this smoothie when I lived in the dorms, needing brain fuel in the morning but not having enough time to go to the dining hall before class. All you need to do is throw everything into the blender and enjoy! You can also turn it into a smoothie bowl by adding some frozen bananas and using less milk than you would for a drinkable smoothie. Top it with some granola and fresh fruit and you’ve made a DIY smoothie bowl that would cost you $10 anywhere else. Sometimes I switch out the spinach for kale.