5 in 5: Five Breakfasts Ready in 5 Minutes or Less

March is National Nutrition Month, a time to focus on health and fitness.  Even though we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day so many of us skip it because we're time crunched or just bored.  If you make one change this month then commit to eating breakfast.  Here are five of our favorites that you can prepare in 5 minutes or less.  Each is a flavorful low-sugar combination packed with protein and complex carbs that will fill you up and help you power through the morning. 

1.  Eggs Lyonnaise - Inspired by one of my favorite salads, Salade Lyonnaise.    Top 1 cup of leftover cooked greens, heated and seasoned to taste, with 1 poached, sunny side up or over easy egg (Remember, you want it runny for the ooziness!).  Serve with a slice of complete protein bread, toasted, with a teaspoon of bacon marmalade jam.  Alternative:  Skip the toast and jam.  Add a piece of cooked bacon, crumbled to your sauteed greens before heating.

2.  PB & Banana Oatmeal - Cook 1/2 cup quick cooking Irish Oats in 1 cup of boiling water.  Stir in 1 TBSP all natural peanut butter just before the oats are finished cooking.  Add 1/2 of a large banana, quartered and sliced.  Add milk, if desired.  In the summer we'll also throw in a spoonful of local fresh ripe blueberries.  Yum!

3.  Open Faced California Melt - Top 1 slice complete protein bread, toasted, with 1/4 avocado, smashed, 1 egg cooked as desired, 2 TBSP salsa.   Sprinkle with shredded cheese and place in broiler or toaster oven to melt.  Add hot sauce for an extra 'Zest'.  Alternatives:  Bacon, Egg and Avocado, Tomato & Avocado.

4.  Hard-Boiled Egg with Ants on a Log - This is a great one if you need breakfast to go.  Ants on a Log is an oldy but goody but is traditionally filled with cream cheese.  But we suggest an all natural peanut butter or almond butter instead.  Slice one stalk of celery in half, crosswise.  Fill as desired then top each piece with a few raisins.  Pair with a hard-boiled egg and out the door you go!

5.  Banana Split - Now I know this one has you excited but settle down!  We're not talking ice cream here but something delicious nonetheless.  Split a small banana, lengthwise, but not all the way through - just enough to open it to serve as a 'boat'.  Fill with 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt.  Top with fresh berries and a tablespoon of chopped walnuts or granola.