Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day. I don’t always have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen on most mornings (who does?), but I love breakfast foods.

And thankfully, I’ve found a way to enjoy some of my breakfast faves without spending lots of time (that I don’t have) in the kitchen each morning. It takes a little bit of planning and prepping, but it’s well worth the effort.

Here are some of our favorite breakfast recipes for having a  high performance kind of day – and for us, everyday needs to be like that!

1- Chocolate Brownie Paleo Waffles

Chocolate Brownie Paleo Waffles
Who knew that grain-free waffles could taste so good? Paleo points aside, these waffles are downright decadent. It’s like eating dessert for breakfast…without the guilt. I make big batches of these on the weekend and freeze them for quick breakfasts during the week.

2- Cinnamon and Cardamom Spiced Paleo Waffles

Cinnamon & Cardamom Spiced Paleo Waffles
These are now our family’s absolute favorite waffles…ever. Years ago when I started dabbling in Indian cooking (and I was introduced to Cardamom) I became a  huge fan. Cardamom is a spice that is rarely used, but when it is it really adds a delicious flavor. Think of it as a blend between Cinnamon and Chai. And think of these waffles as your next weekend recipe to try. Freeze leftovers to eat throughout the week.

3- Berry and Brazil Nut Milk Smoothie

Berry and Brazil Nut Milk Smoothie
Since nut milks are all the rage, let’s throw another one into the mix: Brazil Nut Milk. I love Brazil Nuts and the sweetness that they bring to nut milk. You can easily make your own (I give the details in this article), but if you’re not up for the challenge substitute another favorite nut milk and  you’ll get the same delicious result.

4- Berry Avocado Pudding

Berry Avocado Pudding
This one is another favorite in the house. The toddlers vote yes on this one every time it’s served. They devour it. There’s never any left for me and dad.  But I can’t complain. This Berry Avocado Pudding just makes it too easy to get healthy fat, fiber, antioxidants and tasty goodness…all in one little bowl.

5- Strawberry and Vanilla Chia Seed Bowls

Strawberry and Vanilla Chia Seed Bowls
These chia seed bowls can be prepped overnight for a simple breakfast in the morning. This is a great stand in for traditional cereal and I love the healthy fat you get from the Chia seeds.

6- Garlic, Avocado and Tomato Salad

Garlic Avocado and Tomato Salad
Sometimes the best breakfast ideas come from foods that aren’t traditionally thought of as breakfast. That’s why I love this recipe. It has just a few ingredients. The preparation is simple and it’s tasty. And it also has healthy fat from the avocado, fresh vegetable and garlic that promotes healthy digestion. Nuff said.

7- Apple Cinnamon and Quinoa Protein Bowls

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Protein Bowls
This is a delicious medley of my breakfast faves like bacon, eggs and avocado. Adding the cinnamon apples gives it a sweet (and Southern) twist. Prep the quinoa and apples the night before to pull it together in record time the next morning.

What are  your favorite morning meals? Have you found substitutes for old (less healthy) favorites? Please share in the comments below!

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