Top Five Frugalicious Breakfasts


Are you dashing out the door without dining on breakfast? Or are you filling a bowl with limp flakes and fluff puffs? Stop starving your metabolism with zero calories or flaky fake foods from bright colored cereal boxes. Skipping the most important meal of the day or filling up on sugary carbohydrate crap is bonkers. Skip the fake breakfast marketing muckity muck by feasting on frugalicious breakfasts!

With a bit of planning it’s easy to replace those expensive instant breakfasts, sugary shakes, and cereal flakes with frugally priced real breakfast food. Dashing without breakfast dining will be a thing of the past with this visual guide for eating frugaliciously on a healthful budget. Each breakfast choice is a well balanced meal with carbohydrates, protein, and yummy morning goodness to start your day right.


Here are my top five frugalicious breakfasts:


1. Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apple:

Go ahead! Chop up some yummy apples and cook them up with natural and wholesome steel cut oatmeal. Add a dash of cinnamon and a dollop of milk to complete this delicious, nutritious, and frugal breaky. I cook a batch every Sunday, and reheat perfect portions throughout the week. Soo simple. Sooo tasty. Soooo healthful and good for you.


2. Fresh Fruit:

Go bananas for apples, oranges, mangos, and grapefruits! Fruit grow perfectly packaged in a natural wrapper, so they are super simple to take along to school or work if pressed for time. I did have a banana for this picture, but I ate it. Yummy.


3. Omelette with Beans:

Cook up a quick eggtastic egg white omelette for your morning meal. Eggs are quick to cook, yummy to eat, and are packed with protein. I add veggies and beans to my quick morning omelette. Be free and try chick peas, mung beans, or fava beans to kick some additional protein into this meal.


4. Quinoa with Fruit:

Try eating quinoa just as you would oatmeal. Add apples, mangos, and berries to sweeten the deal and give it some punch. Add some nuts or seeds for additional crunch. You may be surprised how tasty this tiny sesame-seed sized grain is in the morning. It’s high in protein and lower in carbohydrates than most grains.


5. Peanut Butter on Toast:

What could be simpler than natural peanut butter on toast? Nothing is tastier, easier, and more affordable than this classic breakfast stand-by. Choose non-hydrogenated butters and brown unbleached breads. Add banana slices on top to add some appeal.

Enjoying breakfast frugally and healthfully is really simple. It just takes a bit of planning to save some bucks and to start your day right with frugalicious choices. Do you have a favorite frugal breakfast food?


  1. lpkitten March 29, 2008 at 9:44 am

    hey i just stumbled on your site. very cool! but you made me hungry with all those pictures of food! yum 🙂

  2. fox March 29, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    lpkitten: The food is tough to photograph…I seem to eat it before I get a decent picture. 😉

  3. G March 31, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    All great ideas. Never really thought of quinoa for breakfast, but I do love it in place of rice. Have you read “In Defense of Food”. Great little book with a very simple message “Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants”


    p.s. Enjoy the blog, keep it up.

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  5. A April 5, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    I LOVE this website. Whoever you are, Squakfox, kudos. You need to advertise a bit…I know so many women that will love, love this site!
    How about recipes?
    Any way to make steel-cut oatmeal taste good…to me, it just tastes awful…even with being an organic foodie!
    Keep on keepin’ on!

  6. fox April 6, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    G: Quinoa for breaky is yummy. I tend to add apples and almonds to liven it up a bit. My “better half” is not a fan of quinoa for his morning meal…he thinks it’s more of a rice replacement. I haven’t read “In Defense of Food” yet. It’s soooo on my list though. I LOVE this statement: “Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants”

    A: Thank you A for your strong vote of confidence. Comments like yours indeed inspire me to “keep on keepin on!”. When you say advertise, do you mean promote this site on other sites? OR place advertisements on my own bloggie? To make steel-cut oats more tasty for you…how about cooking them with berries or fruits? I love the flavor of naked steel cut oats but often mix in raisins, apples, peaches, berries, or whatever is in season to naturally sweeten the oats. Some people add honey or milk as well. Ohh, adding nutmeg or cinnamon is also very yummy. Again, many thanks for your kind words. *blush*

  7. Doug Mackenzie July 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    You can cook plain old rolled oats very quickly in the microwave directly in the bowl – no pots to clean. Much cheaper and better for you than the prepackaged “instant” oatmeal which has a lot of added sugar. Buy it in the baking section or in the bulk section food of the supermarket…much cheaper than from the cereal aisle. Just mix in some fresh fruit or a dab of honey and it won’t even need added table sugar.

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