15 Quick and Easy College Breakfast Ideas

Mix up your morning routine with these easy meals

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If you're one of the rare college students who actually eat breakfast, chances are you're rushed and short on ideas. And if you're one of the many college students who skip breakfast, chances are you're hungry for most of the day.

Eating breakfast—even during your crazy-busy college years—is, as your mom told you, highly important. That little morning meal can help you focus, maintain your energy, prevent you from overeating throughout the day, and overall help kick-start your days. So what kinds of things can you eat that won't break the bank—or your waistline?

15 College Breakfast Ideas

  1. Muffins. You can buy 'em pre-made or you can make them yourself. Either way, they won't go stale for a while and are easy to grab (and eat!) as you're running out the door.
  2. Toasted English muffin and peanut butter. It's easy. It's cheap. And it's full of protein to help you power through your day.
  3. Peanut butter and jelly. Even the busiest of students can find 30 seconds to put together this classic.
  4. A piece of fresh fruit. An apple, a banana ... they're nature's original to-go food and good for you, too.
  5. Granola or energy bars. Keep an eye on the calories, but these little guys can pack a big punch when it comes to helping you make it through your morning.
  6. Veggies. Who says you can only have fruit for breakfast? Grab a bag of baby carrots and munch on it on your way to class. Added bonus: You can keep the snack bag with you throughout the day and munch as needed.
  7. Yogurt. You can get it in a cup, in a smoothie, or even in a frozen pop. But yogurt is a healthy breakfast that often tastes like dessert. What's not to like about that?
  1. Cereal and milk. It's a classic for a reason. Consider buying cereal in bulk, too; you can split it with your friends and save some serious cash.
  2. Dry cereal in a baggie. Don't have time to eat a nice bowl of your favorite cereal with milk? Pour some in a Ziploc bag for an instant, on-the-go snack.
  3. Trail mix. The stuff strangely seems to last forever and is a great way to power up without losing too much time—or cash. Just make sure the mix you get isn't candy in disguise.
  4. Breakfast burritos. You can buy frozen ones you can cook in the microwave, but they're so cheap and easy buying them pre-made seems like a waste. Make ahead for maximum convenience: Tortillas + scrambled eggs + cheese + other tasty items = awesome breakfast you can eat on the run. Consider adding leftovers from last night's dinner (veggies and rice, beans, meat) for extra oomph.
  5. Frozen waffles or pancakes. You can buy these frozen in the store or make a ton yourself and then freeze them. Either way, a quick drop in the toaster leads to a great hot breakfast with little to no effort.
  1. Pop Tarts or their equivalent. Consider buying a generic brand if these are your thing; you'll save money but still get a little morning treat.
  2. Cheese and crackers. Cutting a few slices of cheese = 30 seconds. Grabbing some crackers = 15 seconds. Throwing everything in a little Ziploc bag = 15 seconds. And it all adds up to a tasty little breakfast in under a minute.
  3. Dried fruit. Consider buying this in bulk to save money as well. A small baggie of dried apricots and/or pineapple and/or apples and/or whatever else you like is an easy way to get a healthy, fruit-based breakfast—without having to worry about the fruit going bad.