They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, though it is often the most skipped too. A lot of people are so rushed in the morning, that you inevitably end up having a quick slice of toast, or some sugary cereal eaten as fast as possible. But there are so many healthy breakfasts that are quick and easy, and can be made on a budget. Tasty too!
1) Porridge (oatmeal) with berries and honey. Porridge oats are very cheap – Tesco’s Everyday Value oats are 75p for a 1kg bag – and are healthy and nutritious. They are also cheap and filling, which is perfect for a busy day ahead. I like to prepare mine with milk and a pinch of cinnamon, then have some berries and honey on the top. I use the frozen berries you can get in the supermarket – they are cheap, last for ages in the freezer and as they thaw out in the porridge, create a bit of juice which just adds to the flavour.
All you need is:
- 40g porridge oats
- 220 mls milk
- pinch of cinnamon (optional)
- handful of berries
- teaspoon of honey
If you have time, make the porridge in a saucepan on the hob as it tastes so much better. If you prefer it made with water, feel free. Either way, hob is definitely best. Once your porridge starts to thicken, add the pinch of cinnamon. Then, once in a bowl, add the berries and honey to the top, stir in and then eat. Simple as that! Lovely and warming on a cold morning. Sometimes, I swap the honey for a big spoon of peanut butter instead, which is just as lovely.
2) A fruit smoothie. This is definitely a fast breakfast item, whizzed together in mere sections, and full of flavour. You can use any variety of fruit you like, but the banana makes the smoothie nice and thick. As with the porridge, I use frozen berries for these, purely because they are cheaper. You are processing them, so it doesn’t matter if they aren’t fresh for the smoothie. For this you will need:
- one banana, chopped
- large handful of berries
- 100mls of milk or orange juice
- handful of spinach (optional)
- teaspoon of honey (optional)
The last two are optional – if you have any spinach left over then add a handful of it into your smoothie. It’ll add a slight green tinge but it’ll also add some iron and other vitamins into the mix. Again, if you like things slightly sweeter, then a small amount of honey works really well with this. Another variation I love as a smoothie is just banana/peanut butter/milk – it’s like a milkshake!
3) Poached egg on toast. Eggs are a good source of protein and have lots of essential vitamins and minerals, so they are perfect to start the day off right. I’m personally not a big fan of fried eggs, so I’d always choose to poach an egg. You can do this simple by boiling some water, add a couple of drops of vinegar, swirl the water so there’s a centre, then drop the egg into it. The egg will only take a couple of minutes to cook through, so keep at eye on it. Whilst the egg is cooking, toast your bread to your liking, add butter to that if you want then pop the egg on top. Healthy start to the day and very cheap!
These are my favourite breakfasts on a budget, that are more than just a humble slice of toast. Healthy and on a budget too – what more could you want on a morning than that.
What’s your favourite breakfast recipe? Feel free to share in the comments!
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