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How to make a healthy breakfast in less than five minutes

Published in Weight Management, For the Health of It Author: Kristen Bricko, Registered Dietitian

Woke up late? Not enough time in the morning? Eating on the go? No problem! Here are some fun and fast breakfast ideas that anyone can whip together!

If you have a little more time, homemade oatmeal with ground flax seed is favorite.

Heat ½ cup water to boiling in the microwave, then stir into ½ cup oats, add 1 tsp ground flax seed! For variation mix in ½ cup blueberries, 1 tbsp peanut butter, and cinnamon! This hearty breakfast will provide you with dietary fiber, a fruit serving (if fruit was added), omega-3 intake (flax seed), and some protein with the addition of peanut butter. Or try overnight oats, and keep in the refrigerator until morning!

Another great breakfast idea is yogurt with fruit and oats/granola. Take your favorite yogurt (preferably Greek yogurt for the higher protein content) and layer a bowl/cup with your favorite fruit, oats/granola and yogurt, then repeat. This will provide you with one serving of dairy, fruit and whole grain! Just be cautious with the amount of sugar the Greek yogurt may contain. Choosing a lower sugar yogurt is preferred as the fruit will provide enough sugar to sweeten this breakfast naturally!

Another simple breakfast and a personal favorite, toast with peanut butter!

Use whole wheat toast and 1 tbsp of peanut butter to spread. For variation, add half of a banana to the top of the toast (sliced).

Lastly, if you have a couple extra minutes at home, make an egg veggie sandwich in a pita pocket. Prepare the eggs in your favorite way (microwaving is fast and easy), add any veggies you desire. Use a whole wheat pita pocket and fill with the egg/veggie mixture. It’s easy to hold and great if you are on the go, take it with you. This breakfast is providing you with protein, a serving of vegetables, and whole grain. For variation, add a small amount of cheese!