What we love about Walmart is that you can find just about anything there—including cheap healthy foods. Around every corner of the grocery department, you'll find healthy snacks, healthy dinner ideas, and, of course, healthy breakfast foods. And if you think you already have a handle on what you should eat in the morning for a nutritious start to the day, there's always the option of learning new dishes and ideas.
Chilly winter mornings call for cozy breakfasts. What so many of us also need in the mornings is something fast and easy. But there's no need to sacrifice your healthy eating plan in the name of speed or price. So for some dietitian-recommended breakfast foods that you can pick up at Walmart that are cozy and/or fast and cost-effective, keep reading for some ideas. (And for more info about what's happening at the warehouse, here are 6 Things You'll See at Costco This Year.)
Jimmy Dean Delights Breakfast Sandwiches
These frozen sandwiches with turkey sausage and egg whites are a quick and delicious way to start the day. They are also around $7 a box—which is considerably cheaper than getting a breakfast sandwich out at a cafe.
"With 18 g protein and 2 g fiber, this is a great way to start your day that will keep you feeling full and energized," says Courtney Pelitera MS, RDN, owner of Devour Your Life Nutrition. And while these have a little more sodium than is ideal for an everyday breakfast, these are great in a pinch on days when you can cut back on sodium in other meals.
Quaker Instant Protein Oatmeal
This oatmeal at Walmart comes in a variety of flavors and is the perfect cozy breakfast on a chilly winter day. It's also a very affordable meal that the whole family can eat.
"It gives you the whole grain with the fiber and added protein," says Marissa Kai Miluk MS, RDN, LD. "It also helps give your brain the energy you need for the day as well as the carbohydrates you need. It helps stabilize your blood sugar with fiber and protein."
You can also top the oatmeal with more fruit and nuts for a heartier breakfast.
If you want an option that is quick to grab and go, an Rxbar is just that. You can stash a few of these in your car or your desk for the days when you had to run out the door before eating a real breakfast. A box of 10 is around $15, while boxes of four are about $7.
"Rxbars have a perfect mix of protein, fat, and carbs to start your day on the right nutritional foot," says Jenny Champion MS RD CPT, of Cleanse Club. "They're also a fantastic deal!"
Kodiak Cakes Power Waffles
This delicious breakfast is packed with protein, which is always smart for mornings. You'll start your day on the right foot and stay full until lunch—and you won't break the bank.
"The 14 g protein and 3 g of fiber will help keep you full and focused during the morning," Pelitera says. "Top these with a little bit of fruit or yogurt for a truly nutrient-packed breakfast!"
Boxes of 10 are under $5 at your local Walmart.
Great Value Macadamia Nuts
As Champion says, some of Mother Nature's healthiest options are the simplest. Pick up a bag of $4 macadamia nuts at Walmart and pair a small handful with a banana in the morning, and you have a pretty well-rounded breakfast for a great price. You can also put the nuts on top of some plain nonfat Greek yogurt and have your banana on the side if you want something a little more filling.
For more breakfast ideas, read all about The 8 Best Healthy Breakfast Foods in 2022 from the Eat This, Not That! Food Awards.