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5-minute breakfasts: Do more with less

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Need to get the kids out the door in a flash? Studies show that kids do better in school if they’ve had a good breakfast (and, of course, the same goes for grownups and work), but you don’t have to waste money on protein shakes, fast-food egg sandwiches, or sugar-filled cereal bars, and you don’t have to prep things way in advance, either. Here are five nutritious breakfasts that you can whip together in five minutes or less:

1.) Eggs in a hole: Butter a slice of whole-wheat bread, and then cut a hole the diameter of a juice glass out of the center. Place the bread, butter side down, in a hot frying pan. Crack an egg into the hole (prick the yolk with a fork to break it so it will cook more quickly). Let egg set, then flip bread and add the piece you cut out to the pan.

2.) Awesome oatmeal: Who likes plain oatmeal? Not my kids. Not me, either. Keep these two blends on hand for doctoring up the dish. Fruit blend: Diced dried apples, apricots, peaches, raisins, and mango. Spice blend: Brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a dash of cloves. Add a few generous spoonfuls on top, and tell the kids it tastes like cookies — because it does.

3.) Fruit salad: The Wiggles were right — yummy, yummy. Add a slice or two of whole-wheat toast smeared with a little peanut butter for a protein boost.

4.) Smoothies: Yogurt + whatever fresh or frozen fruit you have on hand = breakfast. Take it up a level with a few drops of food coloring… kids may scoff at a regular banana-strawberry smoothie, but an electric green one will disappear quickly.

5.) French toast: Believe it or not, this is actually really, really quick to make on the fly. Whisk together two eggs, 1/3 cup of milk, a dash of sugar, a few drops of vanilla, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Dip slightly stale bread in, letting each piece soak for a mere two seconds per side; fry it up in a barely greased pan. This amount of batter will be good for about five slices of bread — wrap leftovers individually and refrigerate or freeze for days when you don’t even have five minutes to make breakfast.

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