5 Easy Student Budget-Friendly Breakfasts to Make at Home

In my last article “How to Be a Better Morning Person” I mention the importance of starting your day with breakfast. It’s referred to as the most important meal of the day for a reason! Break that overnight fast by fueling your body with good foods that will keep you energized for the rest of the day. 


Here are 5 breakfast options that I find are not only quick to make before that morning lecture starts, but also won’t cost you too much to prepare.


1. Oatmeal

Some people are obsessed and others absolutely hate it – oatmeal. Personally, I think oatmeal is a great breakfast to have, that won’t leave you feeling too full after. It’s easy to sneak a scoop of collagen or protein powder inside too for additional health benefits! 


Normally I’ll have a blueberry orange zest oatmeal recipe from New York Times Cooking magazine. It’s super simple to make and doesn’t require many ingredients. You can check out that recipe here.

If you want some more elaborate oatmeal recipes and are looking for inspiration, you should follow @weesoats on Instagram!

2. Bagels

Montréal style bagels just can’t be beat. Anytime they’re in my house, they’re gone almost instantly. 

Whip up some avocado toast with a poached egg for protein on top, or maybe just spread some locally made jam on it instead. Regardless, they’re fast to prepare and you can get so creative with them! I recommend Kettlemans for the BEST Montreal style bagels in Toronto.

3. Omelettes

This one takes a bit more time to prepare in the morning, but it’s worth it! You can stuff an omelette with a lot of thinly sliced veggies and use only the whites too for a lower calorie breakfast (although eggs are already quite low in calories).

I enjoy putting tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, spinach and cheese in my omelettes. If you want to learn how to make a perfect omelette in 5 minutes, check out recipe developer and food writer Carolina Gelen’s video here.

4. Smoothie

Shout out to my Vitamix for never struggling to perfectly blend my smoothies. Drinking a fruit smoothie (with a hint of spinach of course) is always such a refreshing way to start your morning. Normally I use bananas as my base and add some frozen berries or tropical fruits like pineapples and mangoes. Add a dash of almond milk, hemp seeds for protein and maybe even some greek yogurt to thicken it up, then you’ve got a great morning treat. Plus, smoothie bowls in particular are super trendy and a fun way of getting creative with your food.

5. Yogurt bowl

Greek yogurt is a must-have in my fridge. Anytime I’m craving something sweet or want a really quick breakfast that’s what I reach for. For a fast yogurt bowl, I’ll try to chop up some berries, add hemp seeds, some homemade granola and a drizzle of honey. This sweet treat is a great breakfast, but also doubles for a great healthy dessert!

Challenge yourself to get creative with your breakfasts this school year! If you’re looking for healthy at home meal inspiration, you should definitely check out these two Ryerson nutrition and food students @cleaneatingwithem and @clairesinthekitchen on Instagram!

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