The importance of breakfast (it's not what you think)

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.

A lot of the talk around breakfast focuses on weight, and nutrition research is no exception. We've seen that eating more of your calories earlier in the day will help with weight loss, that those who skip breakfast have a higher Body Mass Index, and that what you eat for breakfast can help you manage how much you eat later in the day. A recent study appearing the Journal of the American College of Cardiology ( argues that eating breakfast has a bigger impact on your health than just your waistline: it's also good for your heart.

The study is a cross-sectional one - it looks at a snapshot in time and attempts to draw conclusions about the relationships between the participants' reported dietary habits at the time and the results from certain clinical tests. Breakfast for your heart »

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Featured Recipes

White Bean Chili

Chili is the best. Easy to make, simple to clean up, great for leftovers, and really great for you. I like this white bean version because it uses the sweetness of parsnips and the creaminess of the beans - and the potatoes work great for thickening. Your kids won't even know there are vegetables in it - the parsnips are easily mistaken for more potatoes.

Salmon Stew

This Salmon Stew recipe is a good template to use for almost any fish stew that you like. Use salmon, cod, shrimp, mussels, clams, etc.. The key is to simmer the vegetables, potatoes and herbs in the stock very slowly so that the potatoes cook slowly and release some starch to help thicken the soup.

Peruvian Quinoa Shrimp Salad

Use a small jalapeno for this recipe - not more than about 1 1/2 inches long. If you like it spicier, that's OK, but if it's too spicy it will overwhelm the recipe. If you like mild spice remove the seeds from the jalapeno before roasting.

The goal is for the spiciness to be offset by the sweetness of the red pepper, the salty umami flavor of the soy sauce, and the tartness of the lime. This comes together with the coolness of the ginger, shrimp, cucumber, and tomato. A complex salad, but very much worth it.

Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich

This a variation on my brother's pimento cheese. There are a couple of things about this recipe that really make it work. One is the thinly sliced green onion, and the second is to add a LOT of black pepper (at least the pepper is what I love about this). This is great for parties - serve it as a dip with veggies - but is also good on sandwiches.