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After letting the dog out and getting the kids off to school, you don't have much time left to whip up a well-rounded breakfast. Even spooning down a bowl of cereal can be challenging some days. But the importance of eating breakfast cannot be overstated. A recent Health Letter from Harvard Medical School shows why.

The letter reported that studies examining eating habits suggest that regular consumption of breakfast reduces the risk of obesity and high cholesterol, decreases the risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, minimizes impulsive snacking, and can even improve memory performance. On the other hand, people who skip breakfast are 4.5 times more likely to be obese.

The Bigger Picture: If you're pressed for time in the morning, mixing plain instant oatmeal with dried fruit, nuts and a dash of cinnamon can be a great way to get a variety of nutrients that other meals don't often provide. If you need to eat your first meal on the go, try wrapping a whole-gain tortilla around a banana smeared with some peanut butter. Of course, you can always rely on ON's Whey Gold Meal or Complete Protein Diet for high-protein nutrition that's quick, easy and great tasting.
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