1) It’s portable.
This is a must for me. I typically do not like to eat breakfast when I first wake up (unless it’s Avocado Toast!), or even in the first hour or two after waking, so I usually prepare it at home and bring it with me to work.
2) It’s quick and ridiculously simple to prepare.
See above. I do not have time in between waking up and getting out the door for work to do anything more than maybe wash some fruit and toast some bread. It’s gotta be quick.
3) It’s light, filling, and reasonably healthy.
This is pretty self-explanatory. I’d much rather start my day with some naturally sweet fruit and whole wheat toast with PB than with an “energy” bar that doesn’t taste all that great, is loaded with added and artificial sweeteners, and will leave me hungry an hour later.
4) There’s some versatility to the ingredients.
My breakfast staples (i.e., things I always always always have in my house) are commonly available items that are extremely versatile. These include: bananas, peanut butter, jelly/jam/preserves, rolled oats, some other kind of fresh fruit (right now I have clementines, apples, watermelon, and red grapes), a variety of frozen fruit (right now I’ve got bananas, strawberries, blueberries, and watermelon), and some kind of bread product (I *always* have whole wheat bread and whole wheat English muffins, and sometimes I mix in lavash or gluten-free options like corn tortillas or GF frozen waffles).
All of these things can be used in multiple ways to avoid too much repetition. Not to keep pushing the PB&J&B, but look at how many uses I have for it: burrito, quesadilla, and roll-up, not to mention a good old fashioned sandwich between two pieces of bread (duh) or simply stirred into cooked oatmeal. These are all similar but *just* different enough that I don’t get bored.
5) It’s cost-effective.
Let’s face it, between grocery shopping, work lunches, and getting takeout or going out to dinner (even if only occasionally), most of us spend A LOT of money on food each week. I know some people love a big, hearty breakfast and will go out to eat or get takeout at breakfast time, but I’m not one of them. To me, breakfast should be the cheapest, simplest meal of the day.
The breakfast ideas I’ve shared with you this week are all things that can be made mostly with inexpensive pantry staples. Aside from avocados (which I only buy when they’re on sale for $1 or less*) and non-dairy yogurt (which I only buy when it’s $3.99 or less* for the large container), everything else (bananas and other fruit [both fresh and frozen], nut butter, bread) is something I always have and only need to replenish once every 7-14 days for our household of 2. This proves to be very cost-effective over time.
So there you have it: a winning formula for a Simply Perfect breakfast!
I hope you all enjoy your weekend! I’ll see you Monday to kick off a week of Simply Perfect snacks!
*Keep in mind when I refer to food prices that I live in the greater Boston area, where the cost of living is quite high.