Make a Week of Vegan Breakfasts from Whole Foods for Less Than $25
Healthy, cheap vegan breakfasts that actually taste good
Two of the most common assumptions made about a vegan diet are that it's expensive and all of the recipes are complicated. But that couldn't be farther from the truth. If you really want to follow a vegan diet, you'll find that your meals can be incredibly simple and, if you plan ahead, cheap, especially when it comes to vegan breakfast. In fact, you can make a week's worth of easy vegan breakfasts from Whole Foods for less than $25. So whether you're just starting out on your vegan lifestyle, or you're simply looking for healthy, cheap breakfast recipes, here's a weeklong meal plan to set you on your way. Oh, and did we mention that all of these recipes take less than 15 minutes to prep? Even if you're not vegan, you can't say that that's not an appealing proposition.
Let's start off with all of the things you'll need to get from Whole Foods, shall we? The trick to keeping your costs down at Whole Foods is buying from their in-house brand, called 365 Everyday Value. The frozen fruit and vegetables are also great cost-savers for vegans, or anyone looking to add more produce to their diet; the nutritional value of frozen produce is about equal to that of fresh, it lasts way longer, and it's usually cheaper. You can also save money by buying certain ingredients in bulk at Whole Foods, like dried fruit, almonds, and chia seeds.
But you don't need to get too fancy with your ingredients to make these filling, easy vegan breakfasts for a week. All you need are these seven items, listed below.
1 18-ounce package of 365 Organic Quick Oats, $3.19
1 16-ounce bag of 365 Berry Medley, $3.79
6 bananas, $1.68
¼ pound bulk organic chia seeds, $3.74 (at $14.99 per pound)
1 16-ounce jar 365 Crunchy Peanut Butter, $2.49
Whole Foods Market Whole Wheat Bread, $3.49
1 32-ounce carton 365 Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk, $3.69
Your total cost for a week of ingredients? Just $22.06, nearly $3 under your $25 budget—and you'll even have some leftovers. (I should add the disclaimer here that these exactly prices are based on the prices at the Whole Foods in Brooklyn, as pulled from Instacart. What you find at your local Whole Foods may therefore vary slightly. That's why we used a carton of almond milk that we already had in the office instead of the store brand of almond milk. But you get the picture.)
There's only one bit of prep you have to do when you get back from Whole Foods. Peel two of the six bananas that you bought, put them in a plastic bag or some kind of air-tight container, and pop those in the freezer. Everything else can go into the pantry, the fridge, or the freezer, as you see fit.
Once everything's organized, you can get cooking. All you have to do is follow these recipes for a week of vegan breakfasts from Whole Foods, for less than $25.