Importance of eating breakfast

By Suzanne Proulx

March 6, 2014 Updated Mar 6, 2014 at 3:43 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) If you regularly skip breakfast, tonight's Healthy Heart tip might convince you make time for the morning meal.

Beth Stark, Weis Markets Dietitian, explains why it is important.

"We all know that eating breakfast gives you energy, improves diet quality, curbs your appetite and may promote weight control.
And now, research shows a strong link between breakfast and a healthy heart," Stark said.

The study, published by the American Heart Association, showed that male breakfast skippers had a 27 percent higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart than those who ate breakfast.

Skipping breakfast may lead to one or more risk factors, including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, which may in turn lead to a heart attack over time.

Whole-grain oats are one of the best sources of soluble fiber. They act as little scrub brushes that help clear your arteries of "bad" LDL cholesterol. Eating 5-10 grams of soluble fiber per day as part of a healthy diet may help lower your total and LDL cholesterol numbers. There are 2-3 grams of soluble fiber in a half cup of oats.
Here's how to make super-speedy overnight oats:

-In a glass resealable container, we're just going to combine--
1/2 cup of old-fashioned oats

-¾ cup of the milk of your choice---preferably 1 percent or skim, or soymilk and a dash of cinnamon.

-Stir the mixture together, cover and refrigerate.
Overnight, the oats soak up the liquid, and soften. Then in the morning, you can eat them as is or pop them into the microwave for a minute or so to warm.

Get creative with toppings that add flavor and heart- healthy nutrients, like these:
-Milled flax seeds or chia seeds
-Fresh fruit
-Peanut butter
-Nonfat greek yogurt
-Walnuts