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Breakfast Ideas for a Buck

Healthy breakfast choices that are easy on your wallet.

5 Cheap and Healthy Homemade Breakfast Ideas continued...

Here's the price tally:

1 Box Take Heart Blueberry Instant Oatmeal (8 packets per box at $3): 37 cents

2/3 cup low-fat milk (1/2-gallon at $1.89): 16 cents

1/3 cup chopped fresh or frozen strawberries/raspberries (2.5 cups per 12 oz bag at $3):40 cents

Total: $.93 

2. High-Fiber Breakfast Bagel
Start with a toasted 100% whole-wheat bagel or English muffin. Make an egg patty using a brand of eggs higher in omega-3s, plus 2 tablespoons egg substitute or 1 egg white. Whisk egg and egg substitute or egg whites together while heating a small nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat. Coat bottom of pan with canola cooking spray, then pour in the egg mixture. Add a cover to the saucepan (this will cause the egg to puff up and cook on both sides.) Top the bottom bagel with the egg patty. Top the hot egg patty with a slice of reduced fat cheddar cheese (Top with the top half of the bagel and enjoy.

The price tally:

1 whole-wheat bagel or English muffin (packages contain 6 bagels or English muffins at $2): 41 cents

Egg (with 1 dozen higher omega-3 eggs costing $2.50): 20 cents

Egg Beaters (32 oz. carton at $4.50): 15 cents

Cheese (10-slice package of Sargento Reduced Fat Medium Cheddar at $2.50): 25 cents

Total: $1.01

3. Breakfast Yogurt Parfait

Start with 3/4 cup low-fat vanilla or plain yogurt. Stir in 1/2 cup of fresh fruit (whatever is cheap and in season--such as blueberries, kiwi, orange segments, cantaloupe, or peaches, etc.). Top that with 1/2 cup whole-grain breakfast cereal, such as Grape-Nuts, low-fat granola, or similar. Optional garnish would be a tablespoon or two of chopped nuts.

Yogurt (from a 32-oz. tub at $3): 56 cents

Fruit: 30 cents

Cereal (with 16, 1/2-cup servings of Quaker Natural Granola, Lowfat, with raisins costing $3): 19 cents

Total: $1.05

4. Tea & Toast Breakfast

Whole wheat bread is one of the most inexpensive bases for a breakfast. You can pick up a loaf of 100% whole wheat bread with about 20 slices for $2-$2.50, or $.20 to $.25 per 2-slice serving. You can top your toast with either reduced-fat cheese or natural-style peanut butter, either of which will add some protein and fat to help balance out the carbs. Start by popping 2 slices of 100% whole wheat bread into the toaster. When toasted, add about .75 ounces of reduced-fat cheese OR 1 tablespoon natural-style peanut butter to each slice. Boil water, pour some into a mug, and steep a bag of your favorite green tea for a couple of minutes. Now you have your tea and toast breakfast.

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