Fab5: Quick and Healthy Breakfasts on the Cheap

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Today, I have a guest poster chatting about one of my favorite meals of the day: Breakfast! Unfortunately, with a toddler and always trying to get out the door to run errands in the morning before lunch and naptime, sometimes my morning eating habits aren’t the best. I’m looking forward to trying some of these delicious suggestions.


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It may be the most important meal of the day, but it’s also one of the most difficult to get right. We all want to eat a breakfast that has the nutrients we need, but we don’t always have time to prepare something filling and healthy. That’s why it’s good to keep a few simple ingredients around to grab anytime for a quick breakfast that won’t weigh you down from lack of nutrients or too much sugar. You also want a breakfast that isn’t going to be too hard on the pocketbook, even with quality ingredients. The following ideas are perfect for busy moms to strapped college students, and anyone in between:

1. Italian Toast

This simple recipe will work with any kind of bread or bagel. Simply toast it until it’s lightly crunchy, slather on some ricotta cheese, cut up some tomatoes and put them on top, and then drizzle with olive oil. It has enough protein, grains and fiber to keep you going until lunch.

2. Fruit Smoothie

Simplify your typical smoothie by using fruit that is pre-cut or at least easy to plop in the blender. Strawberries work well and are deliciously sweet without sugar. Add some yogurt and milk and blend. You can also add protein powder if you want an extra boost.

3. Apples and Cheese

This seems like it wouldn’t be enough for breakfast, but the combination is actually quite filling and makes for a nicely balanced morning meal. Eat the apple whole or in slices and use the purest cheese you have (this will have the most protein and nutritional benefits). Throw in a few almonds, and you have even more protein.

4. Yogurt and Cereal

Instead of a bowl of cereal, which can be difficult to eat in a hurry and lack the necessary protein to get through the morning, try grabbing a cup of yogurt and pouring cereal over the top. It’s a nice alternative to the regular cereal and milk, and yogurt has tons of health benefits and more protein.

5. Walnuts and Strawberries

This is another combination that just doesn’t seem like enough for a complete breakfast. However, walnuts are packed with calories (the healthy kind), essential fats, and protein. Strawberries have tons of antioxidants and vitamin C, and fiber. Together the two are filling and easy to pack for a quick way to get your metabolism going strong.

A freelance writer and blogging extraordinaire for seven years, Alvina Lopez now mainly contributes her expertise about online colleges to accreditedonlinecolleges.com. Her ultimate goal is to help future students discover their potential by enrolling in the right program for them. She also writes about trends in education, personal finance, and sustainable living. She loves getting feedback from her readers at alvina.lopez@gmail.com.

What are your favorite quick and easy breakfast items?


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  1. says

    I love quick breakfasts that I can slap together on my way out the door, and these certainly fit that bill and are a lot healthier than the PopTart I might otherwise grab. Thanks for sharing your easy ideas.