The best time of day to consume calories

Mornings are a busy time for most Americans. From getting kids to the bus stop to getting yourself to work on time, it's called the morning rush for a reason.

Who has time for one more thing on the to do list?

Well, according to a new statement from the American Heart Association, you better make time.

The statement suggests consuming more calories earlier in the day is better for your heart.

The author told CBS News that people who eat breakfast daily have lower risk of cardiovascular disease because the body can better metabolize food which fends off risk factors like obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

It's understandable that breakfast is the last thing on your mind during the morning rush, but if you can't get to it before leaving the house try eating something when you get to work.

But the donuts that Susan from accounting brought into the office don't count!

RELATED: Healthy snacks with 100 calories or less

Healthy Snacks in 100 Calories or Less
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Healthy Snacks in 100 Calories or Less

In between meals, these healthy snacks are easy and delicious ways to satisfy your hunger.


Popcorn is an awesome snack that you can have fun with. You can enjoy 1.5 cups of regular microwave popcorn or even 1 cup of caramel popcorn without feeling any guilt.

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Fresh Oranges

One orange can offer you sweet or tart juice, nutrients and an amazing aroma, all under 100 calories.

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Strawberry-Banana Smoothie Pops

Turn a strawberry-banana smoothie, or your favorite blended concoction, into freezer pops for a cool treat.

Get the Recipe: Strawberry-Banana Smoothie Pops

Devilish Egg

A hard-boiled egg is a protein-packed snack on its own—give it a little more pizzazz with a bit of mayo and mustard on top.

Get the Recipe: Devilish Egg

Chocolate-Banana Grahams

A graham cracker smeared with Nutella and topped with banana and coconut is a light way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate-Banana Grahams

Apple Sauce

Enjoy a childhood favorite. Get a half cup of unsweetened apple sauce, sit down and reminisce on the good times.

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Frogs on a Log

Give this childhood treat a savory twist by swapping the peanut butter and raisins for cream cheese and olives. For a spicy snack, try chopped pickled jalapenos instead of olives.

Get the Recipe: Frogs on a Log

Plain Bagel

Half of a medium plain bagel can be a quick, satisfying snack during the work day.

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