5 Surprising Benefits of Breakfast

We've all heard the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But have you ever really thought about what that means? Just why is the first meal of the day the most important? Here are some surprising facts. 

It can help you eat better all day.

People who eat a nutritious breakfast have been found to make healthier food choices throughout the day. A nutritious breakfast also keeps your metabolism humming all day long.

Even better news? 

Toast can serve as the ultimate blank canvas for home chefs looking to spruce up what comes out of their kitchen — toast allows for inventive toppings, so you can let your culinary imagination run wild! Experiment with all different kinds of breads, too.

But perhaps the best news of all?

Even the most intricate toast dishes can be prepared with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!® Sticks and Spreads, offering a better alternative to butter. Butter contains 7 grams of saturated fat and 30 mg of cholesterol in one tablespoon, whereas a soft spread, like I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!® contains 0 grams of trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol and 2 grams of saturated fat per serving.*

It can help boost concentration.

In the morning, after fasting while you sleep, your brain and body need the energy and nutrients from food to get you going. Eating a nutritious breakfast can have beneficial effects on your concentration and memory throughout the day.

It can help you get fit.

No matter what time of day you exercise, you need food to fuel your workout. Have a light breakfast before a morning workout — or if you're planning to exercise at night, eat a hearty breakfast to help you power through the day.

It can help maintain your heart health. 

A high-saturated fat diet puts you at risk for coronary artery disease. Eating a nutritious breakfast including low fat dairy, high fiber cereals, fruits and vegetable and vegetable oils such as those used to make soft spread margarines is a nutritious way to start the day. A balanced breakfast helps control hunger all morning so that you won't reach for high-saturated fat snacks and treats due to mid-morning hunger. 

It helps you get the nutrients you need.

Without eating breakfast, it can be difficult for your body to get adequate nutrients, namely fiber and important vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function. Skip breakfast, and you could be missing out on important nutritional benefits.

*Vs. butter. I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!® 58% vegetable oil spread contains 8g of fat (2g sat. fat, 0g trans fat, 70 calories) per serving. 

Try these breakfast recipes:

Easiest Ever French Toast

Buttery Scones

Orange-Raspberry Cereal Breakfast Muffins