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You are not imagining things: The Breakfast Movement is real and it is here.

(This is almost inextricable from the Egg Movement, to which we have already laid claim: Last week, we wrote about A Genius Way to Upgrade Fried Eggs, 100 Ways to Eat Eggs, and How to Make an Egg White Scramble That Actually Tastes Goodand, in the dinner field, we proposed 5 Smart, Inspiring Ways to Eat Eggs for Dinner.)

A Genius Way to Upgrade Your Fried Eggs

A Genius Way to Upgrade Your Fried Eggs by Kristen Miglore

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100 Ways to Eat Eggs

100 Ways to Eat Eggs by Samantha Weiss Hills

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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."

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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?

Our Definitive Pancake Guide
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Our Definitive Pancake Guide

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...

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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:

French Toast

Croissant French Toast with Brown Butter-Maple Syrup

Croissant French Toast with Brown Butter-Maple Syrup by Ashley Rodriguez

My Father's Challah Bread French Toast

My Father's Challah Bread French Toast by Josh Cohen

Gingerbread French Toast

Gingerbread French Toast by Posie Harwood

French Toast Sticks

French Toast Sticks by Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

Pancakes!

Game-Changing Pancake Mix

Game-Changing Pancake Mix by EmilyC

1840 Farm Pancakes

1840 Farm Pancakes by 1840 Farm

Puffy and Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes with Orange and Fig

Puffy and Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes with Orange and Fig by Sarah Jampel

Coconut Blueberry Pancakes

Coconut Blueberry Pancakes by Kendra Vaculin

Eggs, Scrambled

Soft Scrambled Eggs

Soft Scrambled Eggs by Merrill Stubbs

Daniel Patterson's Poached Scrambled Eggs

Daniel Patterson's Poached Scrambled Eggs by Genius Recipes

Lady & Pups' Magic 15-Second Creamy Scrambled Eggs

Lady & Pups' Magic 15-Second Creamy Scrambled Eggs by Genius Recipes

Marbleized Eggs with Salsa Verde

Marbleized Eggs with Salsa Verde by fiveandspice

Eggs, Omelet'd

Petite Pea Omelet with Mint and Mascarpone

Petite Pea Omelet with Mint and Mascarpone by WinnieAb

Sweet Omelet with Berries

Sweet Omelet with Berries by fiveandspice

Eggs, Otherwise Prepared

Maple-Poached Eggs

Maple-Poached Eggs by Casey Elsass

Poached Egg & Bacon Sandwich

Poached Egg & Bacon Sandwich by pipsplate

Tomato-y, Yogurt-y Shakshuka

Tomato-y, Yogurt-y Shakshuka by Nicholas Day

Dyers Island Lobster Hash

Dyers Island Lobster Hash by Stephen Gray

Bacon, Sausage & Other Breakfast Meats

Sriracha Maple Bacon

Sriracha Maple Bacon by fiveandspice

Sweet Potato, Kale, and Country Ham Hash with Maple Red-Eye Gravy

Sweet Potato, Kale, and Country Ham Hash with Maple Red-E... by Mary Catherine Tee

Buttermilk Biscuits with Sausage Gravy

Buttermilk Biscuits with Sausage Gravy by wssmom

Spicy Apple-Chorizo Hash

Spicy Apple-Chorizo Hash by Sippity Sup (Greg Henry)

Waffles

Hannah Kirshner's Best Ever (Vegan) Waffles

Hannah Kirshner's Best Ever (Vegan) Waffles by Genius Recipes

Sweet Potato Waffles, Sweet or Savory

Sweet Potato Waffles, Sweet or Savory by fiveandspice

Granolaaaaah

Popcorn Granola

Popcorn Granola by Sarah Jampel

Brown Butter Granola with Honey and Sumac

Brown Butter Granola with Honey and Sumac by EmilyC

Matzo Granola

Matzo Granola by Sarah Jampel

Maple Quinoa Granola

Maple Quinoa Granola by spacekase

Potatoes

Salt and Vinegar Hash Browns

Salt and Vinegar Hash Browns by fiveandspice

Josh Ozersky's 3-Minute Hash Browns

Josh Ozersky's 3-Minute Hash Browns by Genius Recipes

Horseradish Hash Browns

Horseradish Hash Browns by Amanda Hesser

Potato Rösti

Potato Rösti by Alexandra Stafford

Bagels & Sidekicks

Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

Cinnamon Raisin Bagels by cook.can.read

Homemade Bagels

Homemade Bagels by Kenzi Wilbur

Egg in a Bagel Hole

Egg in a Bagel Hole by Ali Slagle

Smoked Carrot "Lox"

Smoked Carrot "Lox" by Sarah Jampel

Oatmeal & Other Mushes

Blueberry Almond Breakfast Polenta

Blueberry Almond Breakfast Polenta by One Hungry Mama

Dinosaur Eggs Oatmeal

Dinosaur Eggs Oatmeal by Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

April Bloomfield's English Porridge

April Bloomfield's English Porridge by Genius Recipes

Vanilla Berry Baked Oatmeal

Vanilla Berry Baked Oatmeal by Gena Hamshaw

Muffins

What I Do For Love Bran Muffins

What I Do For Love Bran Muffins by drbabs

Mom's Blueberry-Coconut Muffins

Mom's Blueberry-Coconut Muffins by Rhonda35

Vegan, Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Muffins

Vegan, Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Muffins by Gena Hamshaw

Rhubarb Lavender Streusel Muffins

Rhubarb Lavender Streusel Muffins by xuedanw

Cakes! Cookies! Scones! Pie! Are we going crazy?!

Cinnamon Scone Bread

Cinnamon Scone Bread by mrslarkin

Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast Cookies by HMMessinger

Speculoos Breakfast Cake

Speculoos Breakfast Cake by Kendra Vaculin

Plum Raspberry Pie (for Breakfast)

Plum Raspberry Pie (for Breakfast) by fiveandspice

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Cheesy Kale Scones

Cheesy Kale Scones by Posie Harwood

Blueberry Cake with Peanut Streusel

Blueberry Cake with Peanut Streusel by Sarah Jampel

Maybe we got ahold of the breakfast cocktails?

Rhubarb Bellini

Rhubarb Bellini by fiveandspice

Rick's Picks Bloody Mary Mix

Rick's Picks Bloody Mary Mix by Rick Field

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.

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