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Some love breakfast, others hate it. There are people who find it the most important meal in the day and folks who couldn’t care less about it. For all of you out there, I collected a few ideas to match your lifestyle.

For me breakfast is an important moment. I prefer to start the day slowly, mindfully and with a nourishing meal.

Unfortunately I can’t always have a lazy, luxurious breakfast because throughout the week I simply don’t have the time for it (read: hit snooze too many times).

Yet preparing a meal in the morning doesn’t have to take a lot of time and it doesn’t have to be expensive either.

Rather than stopping at a gas station for a sweet snack or soggy sandwich around eleven, try the ideas below and turn having breakfast into a habit.

Treat yourself every morning of the week to a healthy, cheap and easy meal that fuels you until lunch time.

Why cheap? Because being thrifty helps you save money that you can invest, use to get out of debt and if you plan it really well you might even retire early.

Overnight Oats

Preparing a basic bowl of oats in the evening is a quick and easy way to make a nice breakfast in the morning.

So in the evening pour half a cup of (almond, soy or cow’s) milk into a small bowl or jar and add half a cup of rolled oats. Stir quickly and put this in the fridge.

The next morning you stir the mixture up again and add toppings. To get you going, here are a few examples of ingredients you can add:

  • chia seeds
  • flaxseed
  • nuts
  • (dried) fruit
  • a drizzle of maple syrup or honey
  • some peanut or almond butter
  • Cacao nibs
  • pumpkin seeds

Oats are really cheap and when you exchange the milk with (half) water this is an extremely cheap breakfast.

Choose fruits that are in season for the topping and buy seeds and nuts in bulk or on sale to save money in the long term.

Pancake for breakfast

Fry an egg

Eggs are probably the most nutricious, protein-packed cheap power foods that I know of.

You can cook an egg but I prefer to stir-fry 2 or 3 eggs in the morning (first mix them up with a bit of milk or water and a drop of olive oil).

I love adding spinach (feel free to add a bunch since the leaves will shrink lik craze), and complete the dish with some sliced tomatoe and avocado.

Depending on whether or not I’m in a paleo phase I’ll add some bread or rice crackers to this nutricious and delicious plate of food.

Yoghurt and fruit

I used to be the ‘fruit and yoghurt’ type (rather than croissants and ‘pain au chocolat’) and can still very much enjoy a big bowl of yoghurt in the morning.

Typically I choose Greek yoghurt with reduced fat. Why the Greek version? Because it’s rich in protein and just the yummiest yoghurt I know of.

Depending on how hungry I am, what I have in stock and what I feel like eating that morning, I for example add:

  • 1 small apple, thinly sliced – a pinch of cinnamon – a drizzle of honey – some chopped up walnuts
  • 1 sliced small banana – some cocoa nibs – a handful of sunflower seeds
  • lots of blueberries and nothing more

Sometimes I also only eat the yoghurt without anything, or only have a piece of fruit.

Can you call eating a piece of fruit having breakfast? I do. An espresso can’t count as breakfast, a piece of fruit certainly can 🙂

Home-made tortilla wrap

Bread and cheese

I’m from Holland, or The Netherlands I should say, and we’re kind of crazy when it comes to bread and cheese.

I can eat vegan for a while, I can cut carbs for an even longer period, but there comes a moment when I just need to have bread and cheese.

I guess you have to know it to love it. There’s nothing better, oh wait there is: bread, butter and cheese.

So if you’re new to this, what you first and foremost need is a Dutch yellow, hard cheese – so not some French blue cheese, which I am also a big fan of by the way.

Gouda is probably a good bet for those who don’t live anywhere close to The Netherlands. Leerdammer might also be available, or when you’re really lucky, get Old Amsterdam 😛

Now you need some plain bread, white and preferably yeast bread. And then some rocket science: butter the bread, put the cheese on top and enjoy!

What’s even better is to toast the bread first, so that the butter will melt and the cheese will become a bit soft and warm as well and therefor even more tasteful.

Or try these easy home-made muffins with nut butter

Hmmm … is it morning already? 😛

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