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5 breakfasts you can make in 5 minutes

A jar of oatmeal spills over into a bowl

People always say you shouldn’t skip breakfast because it’s the most important meal of the day. But if you’re wolfing down a donut because your mornings are too hectic to pull anything else together, you’d almost be better off eating nothing at all — indulging in carbs and sugar at the start of your day is going to leave you at the bottom of a sugar crash and feeling even hungrier in about an hour.

What you need is an easy-to-prepare breakfast packed with protein and fiber. Here are five great options, all of which will give you a steady energy boost strong enough to get you through your last-minute holiday shopping, gift-wrapping, and decorating:

1. Overnight oats

Before you head to bed, combine oats with milk or yogurt and let the mixture sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, all you have to do is throw on some berries and almonds and enjoy feeling full until lunch.

2. Hard-boiled eggs

Boil two eggs while you’re watching TV or reading in the evening and leave them in the fridge overnight. The next morning, heat up your leftover veggies from last night’s dinner and dig in. (Even better: pre-boil a half dozen eggs on Sunday evening and leave them in the fridge for a quick protein hit whenever you need it.)

3. Bean tacos

Top two whole wheat tortillas with spinach or arugula and mixed beans for the perfect mix of fiber and protein. Spread salsa or hummus on the tortillas first for some extra flavour.

4. Quinoa fruit salad

Boil a cup or two of quinoa before heading to bed. Add it to your fruit salad in the morning for a protein boost that will keep you feeling full for longer.

5. Almond butter banana sandwich

Spread almond butter over two pieces of whole grain toast. Place banana slices on one piece and slap the second on top for a breakfast you can enjoy on the go.

Taking a few minutes to break your fast with one of these nutritious options will help you avoid that early morning haze and set you up for a more productive day.