It's the most important meal of the day, so make sure to eat one of these healthy breakfast recipes in the morning!
Cost per serving: 48¢
Throw in some chopped nuts or fruit for a little something extra. For an on-the-go option, make mini versions.
See recipe: Multigrain Pancakes
Cost per serving: 78¢
These tasty and filling Multigrain Chocolate Chip Pancakes is the perfect way to start your day. Bonus: The whole grains in this recipe provide fiber, which will keep you satiated for longer.
See recipe: Multigrain Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 4-5 minutes
Yield: 4 pancakes
Cost per serving: 65¢
Preheat oven to 200ºF. In a bowl, mix 2/3 cup whole wheat flour, ½ tsp. salt and 2 tsp. baking powder. Add 2/3 cup vanilla-flavored soy or almond milk and stir until well combined. Fold in ¼ cup fresh or frozen blueberries. Place a nonstick griddle or large skillet over medium heat. Ladle batter onto griddle in 1/3 cupfuls (don’t overcrowd griddle).
Cook for about 2 minutes, until bubbles form on edges of pancakes and begin to pop. Flip pancakes and cook for 1 to 2 more minutes, until golden on bottom. Keep warm on a plate in oven while cooking remaining pancakes. Serve pancakes with 1 Tbsp. 100 percent pure maple syrup.
PER SERVING: 208 Cal., 2g Fat (0g Sat.), 0mg Chol., 6g Fiber, 8g Pro., 43g Carb., 979mg Sod.
Recipe appears in 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart by Neal D. Barnard, MD
Cost per serving: 80¢
Breakfast for dessert—why not?! You can make these tasty pancakes even better by adding a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg, or a handful of chopped nuts.
See recipe: Ricotta-Banana Pancakes
Cost per serving: $1.05
A fresh fruit topping makes this pizza ok to eat in the morning.
See recipe: Berry Breakfast Pizzas
Cost per serving: 60¢
Tackling crepes can be intimidating, but anyone can master them – they’re just thin pancakes! This dish is a great weekend breakfast treat or an elegant dessert (don’t tell anyone it’s only 251 calories per serving).
See recipe: Apple Crepes
Cost per serving: 44¢
These cheap and tasty Cranberry-Orange Scones are great for coffee and tea dates with your girlfriends, or a grab-n-go snack for your family. If you want to take out a step, skip the glaze—it will be sweet enough without it.
See recipe: Cranberry-Orange Scones
Cost per serving: 22¢
Be sure to buy 100% pure pumpkin, not sweetened canned pumpkin pie filling. The sweetened variety makes these muffins too sugary.
See recipe: Mini Spiced Pumpkin Muffins
Cost per serving: 37 cents
Give muffins a kick by adding jalapeno peppers to the mix.
Recipe: Mini Spicy Cheese Muffins
Cost per serving: 24¢
Prefer savory to sweet? These protein-packed muffins are a perfect way to start the day.
See recipe: Bacon-Cheddar Muffins
Cost per serving: 35¢
These carrot-filled muffins are a quick and tasty way to get your veggies in the morning.
See recipe: Morning Glory Muffins
1 tsp. honey mustard + 1 thin slice of ham + 2 tsp. orange marmalade
205 Cal., 4g Fat (1g Sat.), 16mg Chol., 4g Fiber, 9g Pro., 35g Carb., 546mg Sod.
1 Tbsp. ricotta + 1 Tbsp. honey + a pinch of cinnamon
218 Cal., 6g Fat (3g Sat.), 16mg Chol., 3g Fiber, 8g Pro., 38g Carb., 157mg Sod.
1/4 ripe avocado, mashed + 1 Ttsp. lemon juice + 2Tbsp. grated Parmesean
225 Cal., 12g Fat (3g Sat.), 9mg Chol., 6g Fiber, 9g Pro., 25g Carb., 287mg Sod.
2 Tbsp. cream cheese + 1 Tbsp. fig jam (or all-fruit raspberry jam)
241 Cal., 12g Fat (6g Sat.), 32mg Chol., 3g Fiber, 6g Pro., 31g Carb., 216mg Sod.
1 1/2 Tbsp. mango chutney + 5 slices green apple + 1 Tbsp. grated sharp CHeddar (broil for 2 minutes)
191 Cal., 5g Fat (2g Sat.), 7mg Chol., 5g Fiber, 6g Pro., 35g Carb., 185mg Sod.
2 Tbsp. hummus + 1 small, thinly sliced radish
147 Cal., 5g Fat (0g Sat.), 0mg Chol., 2g Fiber, 6g Pro., 24g Carb., 238mg Sod.
Cost per serving: 44¢
For less than 50¢ per serving, you can prepare this delicious, nutritrious homemade version of a snack favorite. Pack with school lunches or on a summer picnic, or just enjoy with a glass of cold milk.
See recipe: Fruit and Nut Granola Bars
1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
1 Tbsp. honey
½ small banana, diced
2 tsp. mini chocolate chips
3 crumbled dried banana chips
371 Cal., 10g Fat (6g Sat. Fat), 10mg Chol., 6g Fiber, 12g Pro., 67g Carb., 54mg Sod.
Photo Credit: Flickr / Geoarts
1 Tbsp. packed dark brown sugar
¼ tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. raisins
A sprinkling of extra cinnamon
273 Cal., 4 Fat (2g Sat. Fat), 10mg Chol., 4g Fiber, 9g Pro., 53g Carb., 58mg Sod.
Photo Credit: Flickr / Mar_
1 Tbsp. sugar
¼ tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. chopped crystalized ginger
233 Cal., 4 Fat (2g Sat. Fat), 10mg Chol., 3g Fiber, 8g Pro., 42g Carb., 54mg Sod.
Photo Credit: Flickr / Deinin
2 slices crumbled cooked uncured turkey bacon
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. dark brown sugar
374 Cal., 7 Fat (2g Sat. Fat), 60mg Chol., 3g Fiber, 20g Pro., 60g Carb., 459mg Sod.
Photo Credit: Flickr / Lauren_Welter
Cost per serving: 39¢
Satisfy your salty-sweet cravings with this delicious morning treat.
See recipe: Bacon Waffles
Cost per Serving: $1.63
Perfect for brunch or dinner, this southery-style comfort food is sure to please everyone.
See recipe: Biscuits with Sausage Gravy
Cost per serving: 88¢
Save time and use quick-cooking or instant grits. they are less hearty than traditional grits, but they're still tasty.
See recipe: Sausage and Cheddar Grits with Eggs
Cost per serving: 50¢
Noodles for breakfast? Yes. Try this sweet all-in-one-dish of egg noodles, raisins, cinnamon and sugar and eggs.
See recipe: Egg Noodle Scramble
Cost per serving: 41¢
This lightened-up version of a classic crumb cake can save you almost 200 calories per serving (compared to Starbucks classic coffee cake). Our lighten-up secrets are:
Cost per serving: 92¢
Take a simple box of hot-roll mix and turn it into a sweet breakfast treat (worthy of serving to company) with ading dried cherries and semisweet chocolate.
See recipe: Chocolate-Cherry Coffee-Cake Ring
Cost per serving: 69¢
For a pop of protein in the morning, grab these skewers as you head out the door.
See recipe: Fruit Kebabs with Honey-Yogurt
Save time by leaving the peach skin intact. But if you prefer yours peeled, a serrated peeler does the job quickly. If you don't have one, cut a shallow X in the bottom of the fruit, drop it into boiling water for 30 seconds, then remove to a bowl of rice water until cool and then slip it off with a paring knife.
See recipe: Peach Oatmeal Yogurt Parfait