Breakfast Ideas for a Buck

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What makes a healthy green tea for a couple of minutes. Now you have your tea and toast breakfast.

Bread (from 20-slice loaf at $2.50): 25 cents

Cheese (8 ounce block of reduced-fat cheese at $2.50): 47 cents

Peanut butter (18-oz. jar containing 15 servings at $3): 20 cents

Tea (from box of 20 tea bags at $3.50): 18 cents

Total: $.90 (with cheese) or $.63 (with peanut butter)

5. Almond Oat Breakfast Bars

If you like to start your day with a moist bakery treat, this cheap and healthy breakfast recipe might be the ticket for you. Each breakfast bar contributes 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein, along with a nice dose of smart fats from almonds. It’s 100% whole grain with whole-wheat flour and oats and calls for the absolute minimum of added sugar (1 tablespoon of brown sugar per serving).

Ingredients:

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons reduced-fat margarine (use a brand with plant sterols added, if desired)

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 large egg (use a brand higher in omega-3s, if available)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

3/4 cup whole-wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon nutrition and health. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.