5 Minute Breakfast Ideas to Keep You Full

When you work a full-time job, you often forget how much there is to do in the morning before sitting down at your desk for 9 a.m. If you have kids, they have to be dressed, fed, and sent off to school. Then there’s the problem of getting yourself out the door. Even if you don’t have tiny humans to take care of, there are tons of ways that things can pile up in the morning, leaving you with no choice but to get crappy fast food for breakfast again.

Here are a few suggestions for healthy breakfasts that don’t take forever to prepare. Whip up one of these and you’ll set yourself up for a productive day in no time.

Quick-cook oats

Oatmeal is a healthy breakfast that’s packed with fiber and can even help lower your cholesterol levels because of its high percentage of the soluble fiber beta-glucan. However, many people resort to pre-packaged oatmeal because they think that oatmeal takes a while to cook.

Especially if you’re only making oatmeal for one person, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Use quick-cook oats (which are simply regular oat flakes chopped finer) to cut down on cooking time. Then scatter healthy toppings like fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, milk, or a nut butter on top.

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English muffin with nut butter

An English muffin, split and toasted, is the perfect base for any number of healthy breakfast ingredients. The easiest choice is to smear it with nut butter, be it peanut, almond, cashew, etc. This option gives you fiber as well as plenty of healthy fat and protein. You can also sprinkle it with chia seeds for crunch and an added protein boost.

Did you know that just one ounce of chia seeds contains up to 4 grams of protein? This breakfast is probably one of the quickest ones out there. If you’re really in a rush, you don’t even need to toast the English muffin!

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Cottage cheese

Many people who are trying to eat healthy are afraid of cheese because they have the idea that it’s full of unhealthy fats. Fortunately, for cottage cheese, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Because cottage cheese can be made from any type of milk, you can choose the fat percentage for yourself in the store ranging from about 4% to fat-free.

Just one cup of cottage cheese contains 28 grams of protein, which will keep you full much longer than any fast-food breakfast sandwich could. You can also top your cottage cheese with fruit, nuts, or seeds to add flavor.

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