This Hot Mom Monday, we bring you the truth about breakfast and some easy ideas for quick, nutritional morning meals!

Breakfast

On the run? Skipping breakfast—or grabbing a cup of coffee and calling it “breakfast”—is one of the worst ways you can start you day. “Our bodies are machines and they, like any other machine, need fuel!” explains Nick Perri, trainer and owner of First Place Fitness in suburban Chicago. “And if losing weight or maintaining your weight is one of your primary fitness goals, “burning” carbohydrates as a fuel is a necessary step in the process of “burning” fat as a fuel. With that said, if you’re working out on “E”, you’re not at your best, you’re not getting the most out of your workout and your goals will be much harder if not impossible to attain.”

1. Grab a banana.

Perfect for on the go, bananas just might be the perfect portable fruit. Their complex carbohydrates and vitamin B6 will kickstart your metabolism and their nature-made wrapper make them easy to throw in your purse for on the road. “Carbohydrates are our first fuel source and usually by morning, most of those fuel stores are depleted. One great way to replenish those fuel stores is by grabbing a piece of fruit” shares Nick.

2. Spread some peanut butter on a piece of whole wheat toast.

Peanut butter is nutritious and filling, thanks to 2 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein per serving. Spread it on some whole wheat toast so you won’t reach for the candy or sweets as a quick fix mid-morning.

3. Go bake an egg…in an avocado.

Get your fill of protein, fiber and healthy fats by baking your egg in an avocado! Simply cut your avocado in half, remove the pit, crack an egg in each avocado half, and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Spoon with salsa if you’re feeling spicy!

amyAmy Bizzarri is a teacher, a writer, and a mom to two kids. Follow her on twitter @amybizzarri or on her blog, amywrites312.com

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