Frugal Breakfast Tips

Amy Hannold, 247Moms Frugal Living Editor

Choosingto eat a breakfast of wholesome, affordable ingredients is good foryour health and your finances. Eating breakfast will help you avoiddrive-through and take-out snacking later in the day. When you fuel upbefore heading out, you’ll be thinking more clearly; better able tomake good decisions and work effectively. Good food choices willcontribute to better health over the course of your life, possiblysaving you costly medical expenses.

September is“Better Breakfast Month”. Explore recipes which include protein-rich,energy-packed food choices such as eggs, oatmeal, fresh fruit, beans,peanut butter, etc.

Here are a few steps to healthier, more affordable breakfasts:

Get ready for breakfast the night before: Set your breakfast table, slice fruit, peel hardboiled eggs, grate cheese, make waffles, etc.

Discover slow-cooker breakfast delights:Your crock-pot is the tool to use for cooking breakfast while yousleep. Oatmeal, fruit cobbler and egg casseroles ready by morning willsave you time as well.

Invest in some re-usable breakfast containers:Avoid buying pre-packaged food items and be ready for mobile breakfastsall week. Divide the cream cheese into individual plastic containers,store tasty dinner leftovers, and make your own bags of “cereal trailmix”.

Buy oatmeal in bulk and prepare instant-oatmealcombinations from a variety of ingredients. You’ll save money andincrease the nutrition of your oatmeal breakfast. For a great recipe –and a list of flavor ideas visit:http://everythingishomemade.com/2007/09/26/instant-oatmeal-packs/.

Blend up a Delicious Smoothie: Packaged yogurt and fruit smoothies are in stores – or you can createyour own. Here’s a website which will keep you smoothie-slurping a newtreat every morning: http://www.smoothieweb.com/.

Family participation:Preparation of this week’s “ready-breakfasts” can be a part of yourSunday family activities. Get the whole family involved in the findingof recipes, discussion of healthy foods, and the choosing of new foodsto try. Create sliced and washed fruit bags for upcoming lunches –enjoy!

Use time and energy wisely: Prepareseveral breakfast-burritos or homemade waffles for your freezer duringone cooking session. “Heat and eat” meals will help you keep yourhealthy breakfast resolution intact, even when you’re short on time.

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