You are not imagining things: The Breakfast Movement is real and it is here.
Back in February, Sam Sifton urged readers to wake up fifteen minutes earlier (...groan)—or stay up fifteen minutes later the night before (...meh)—for bonus breakfast-making time. "Start making breakfast every day," he concluded: "Make breakfast all the rage."
And whether it's Sifton or fast food purveyors (looking at you, McDonald's all-day breakfast menu) who are responsible, breakfast is back: The market research firm NPD predicted, according to Eater, that breakfast consumption, both in and out of the home, will grow by 5% by 2019 (and that exceeds the 4% expected population growth), and for as much breakfast content as we publish, Time, Inc. is launching a breakfast-exclusive website called Extra Crispy any week now.
Is there anything breakfast can't do?
Well yes, apparently. Because yesterday, the Times published an article titled "There's Nothing Magical About Breakfast" in which Aaron E. Carroll—who does not eat breakfast (and, in my imagination, is Sam Sifton's NYT rival?)—argues that "our belief in the power of breakfast is based on misinterpreted research and biased studies." And while Sifton argues that for students "the data is clear: Eating a healthy breakfast leads to improved cognition and memory, helps reduce absenteeism and generally improves mood," Carroll clouds this clarity: "The bottom line is that the evidence for the importance of breakfast"—even among children—"is something of a mess." And so...
If you’re hungry, eat it. But don’t feel bad if you’d rather skip it, and don’t listen to those who lecture you. Breakfast has no mystical powers.
Pause right there: Here's where we beg to differ.
So maybe breakfast isn't a magical unicorn ready to prance through your life and solve all of your problems, dietary or otherwise. But maybe, no matter what anyone—scientists or journalists or your great aunt Irma says—the following foods are reason enough that breakfast really is something worth celebrating:
But okay, fine: If you're Team Carroll (not Team Sifton) and you can't get down a bacon, egg, and cheese before 12 P.M., your breakfast won't mind if you have it for dinner instead.
Breakfast is or is not in any way mystical—make your case in the comments.