Eating Breakfast on a (Tight) Budget

First of all I want to tell you that if you’re going to eat well, you have to be willing to cook  and wash dishes. In other words, you have to get over wanting a maid and/or McDonald’s to do all of the work for you. Get off your ass, get off your Iphone and start chopping, baby.

While I’m being blunt hear this: These breakfasts are not what’s on the menu at the Four Seasons. They are simple, filling, hearty and not difficult to prepare. They are not the Most Nutritious Breakfasts on the Planet. What they will do is fill your body with nutrients so that the mid-morning insulin dump is forestalled and so that your body can function at it’s finest. So far as choices go? Choose the smoothie every day and add some of the other items to that. That way you have nutrition along with carbs and fat and protein. Your body will purr so loud you might even hear it.


one box of rice milk; a bag each of frozen peaches, strawberries and spinach; 2 dozen eggs; 2 package of hash browns (I get these at Trader Joes but you get what you can); 1 box of Bisquick; #1 butter; syrup (you can get simple corn syrup for cheap or you can spend half your budget on real maple. You decide, both are sugar in the end.); #1 sausage, real or fake; 1 loaf of whole wheat bread; a block of cheese, I like cheddar; apples, oranges and/or bananas.

When I did the math on this, often opting for organic or local items, the total came out to $58.50. That’s $2.08 per person, per meal.

So what’s on the menu? I’m not going to give it to you so cut and dried. Figure it out for yourself but here are a few ideas to get you started:

Scrambled eggs with cheese-
crack 8 eggs into a bowl and mix with a fork til somewhat combined. I am not a fan of overmixing the eggs. Add a big handful of chunked up cheese. Melt a pat of butter in a sauce pan over med heat, pour the eggs in and cook, stirring with a spatula, until firm. Voila!
We like to serve these with hashbrowns and/or cheese toast or plain toast and/or a sausage patty AND a smoothie.

Smoothies sound a lot more mysterious than they actually are. Liquid, fruit, a blender…seriously, it’s that simple. For mine I like to put in 2c rice milk (or water or juice), a handful of frozen fruit, a soft banana, a small handful of spinach (go light on this when you’re starting out, you can add more over time until you’re getting all of the nutrition in the spinach without having to taste it! Win!) Blend for a good amount of time until everything is smooth and creamy. This is a very basic recipe and there are TONS of them online, so for more just google.

You can also have pancakes with fresh fruit, butter and syrup. Fried eggs sandwiches. Sausage and hash browns. A banana and cheese toast. ETC. Use your imagination, map out a weekly plan so that you can decide what’s for breakfast with one eye open. Do it! You will feel so much better.


About Bettina Colonna Essert

Illuminated Magdalene High Priestess and facilitator of empowerment and healing circles for girls and women, including a monthly Red Tent Temple. BA in English, minor in anthropology. Waldorf homeschool mom. Reiki master, cranial sacral therapist, herbalist, menstruvist, feminist, epicurian.
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One Response to Eating Breakfast on a (Tight) Budget

  1. Beth says:

    Breakfast is one of my favorite meals. I definitely add spinach to every smoothie I make now. If you make a banana and peanut butter smoothie, you can’t even taste the spinach b/c the other flavors dominate. A small spoonful of cocoa powder in a smoothie is also wonderful and completely overwhelms any sneaky spinach flavor.

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