7 Reasons You Should Eat Breakfast For Dinner

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Brandon Bales

It’s a typical sitch: You’re tired from a long day at work and you shuffle home, only to stare into an open fridge willing it to give you ideas on what to make for dinner. What if you were released from the constraints of having to pull together some protein, some salad, some starch? What if you could just welcome joy into your life and eat pancakes for dinner, like an 8-year-old?

Luckily, there are a whole bunch of other reasons to eat breakfast for dinner that are perfectly legit, and even scientific! Check out some excuses for firing up the griddle.

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Eggs are the perfect food.

Though they suffered a bad reputation in the 1980s and ’90s, scientists have pretty much settled that eating eggs is an excellent nutritional choice. They’re a superfood: low in calories, high in protein, and packed with just about every vitamin a human needs, so they shouldn’t only be relegated to the mornings. Just as long as you don’t make like Rocky and swallow three of these babies a day, your heart will be fine.

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You have more time for elaborate recipes.

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Alternately, nothing is faster than breakfast food.

If you’re not in the mood to follow some detailed recipe, breakfast is your best bet: Open cereal box, pour cereal, add milk, done. It’s every college student’s first home-cooked meal! Avocado toast doesn’t take much longer. Just toast bread, mash up a green guy, and throw on whatever spices or condiments you have lying around.

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The ingredients are so cheap.

The cost of a dozen eggs varies on your city but likely hovers between $2 and $3, which means you can scramble up a really satisfying meal for under 75 cents. Cereal, toast, beans—all that starchy stuff is super affordable and lasts a while if you’re careful about storage. So breakfast at dinnertime isn’t just good for your belly, it’s good for your bottom line!

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You get to sleep afterwards.

Ever eat a really decadent brunch—waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon, maybe a mimosa or three—and yearn for the sweetest dessert: your bed? Only you couldn’t go to sleep because it was 1 p.m. and that’s kinda frowned upon? If you eat breakfast at dinner, you get to indulge and then go straight to snooze town.

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It feels like a rebellious party.

First of all, nothing blows a kid’s mind like announcing they’re having breakfast for dinner. The world goes upside down! What’s next, pajamas at school?! But the concept is just as fun for adults: It’s a break from routine, and still gives those exhilarating so-wrong-it’s-right party vibes. And it’s not the bad kind of rebellious like eating ice cream for dinner, because the meal is actually healthy.

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It’s the most important meal of the day.

You know the science of why nutritionists push your first meal as the most crucial of the day: It jumpstarts your metabolism, helps you focus (hard to work when you’re starving), and gives you energy for the day ahead. Those same benefits don’t exactly track when the sun is setting, but hey, it’s worth a shot! Just keep the meal balanced—a mix of protein, veggies, and healthy fats, like with this unreal shakshuka recipe—and your bod will feel better.

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