One in four of us skip breakfast at some time during the week but then struggle to get through the day if we miss it or end up overeating later in the day as a result (36% admit to that one and I’m definitely included).
Combine that with the fact that we throw away £2 billion worth of breakfast foods every year from our homes such as bread, cereals, sausages etc. and there is definitely something we can do to feel better and save money!
My top 10 ways to save money on your breakfast are….
1. Add leftovers to your cereal
If you enjoy cereal try adding something different. Nuts and seeds make a healthy tasty topping or use a flavoured yoghurt instead of milk. Slice the last apple on top of your muesli or add a squeeze of orange to porridge. Add the last blueberries, strawberries or honey to any cereal, hot or cold.
2. Microwave from frozen
The microwave is a great way to save time at breakfast. Use it to make quick porridge or re-heat baked beans (you can even re-heat baked beans straight from frozen!)
3. Make birchers to use up fruit
Use porridge oats to make a dish known as ‘birchers’. Just add yoghurt, fruit (tinned, fresh, frozen - whatever you have), fruit juice and honey to your oats and mix together. Make a big bowl, keep it in the fridge and use over the next few days.
4. Toast from frozen
Toast’s always quick and easy in the morning, but we still throw away around 37 million slices of bread every single day! If you freeze sliced bread you can toast it straight form the freezer. Why not add bananas and honey, or leftover baked beans with a splash of chilli sauce, cream cheese and a sliced fresh tomato or leftover tinned tomatoes from yesterday’s evening meal. Use your imagination – and your leftovers.
5. Fry old bread
Older bread’s perfect for making toast or fried bread.
6. Freeze pastries
Any pastries are good at breakfast time, including scones, tea cakes, muffins and crumpets.
7. Leftovers pancakes or omelettes
For those mornings when you’ve got a bit more time, make pancakes or try an omelette with ingredients you’ve already got in the fridge – cheese, peppers, mushrooms – whatever’s there.
8. Hash browns for leftover potatoes
Make hash browns to use up leftover cooked potatoes
9. Kedgeree for leftover fish
Try kedgeree for a change if you’ve got fish leftover in the fridge – it’s tasty and filling.
10. Smoothies for leftover fruit and yoghurt
And finally yoghurt and fruit make healthy smoothies which will keep for up to two days in the fridge.
Emma Marsh heads up Love Food Hate Waste, which aims to raise awareness of the issue of food waste and offer simple everyday tips and support to help consumers save money and waste less. Emma is also a keen grower of fruit and veg in her garden and allotment at home.