If you’re like many people, sitting down to a plate of butter and gooey maple syrup drenched waffles is a real treat in the morning. Okay, so this probably sounds very unhealthy, but who says they have to be?
When it comes to waffles, there’s so much flexibility in how you can prepare them. You can make them sweet and savory to fattening to healthy. But, if you’re looking for the real benefits of staying healthy, skip the “fattening” part. The possibilities are endless to making waffles with nutritious ingredients and toppings that you can indulge in guilt-free.
To make things easier, we give you five reasons to break out your waffle maker and create the most scrumptious waffles that won’t deter your health goals. These waffles are delicious and perfectly portioned. Make them sweet or full of veggies, you have complete control.
Below are five healthy suggestions to have your waffles — and eat them too.
Looking for more heart-healthy nutrients and fiber in your diet? Look no further than waffles full of whole wheat flour, flax seed and wheat germ. Flaxseed and wheat germ are loaded with vitamins and nutrients your body requires. They’re also full of fiber too so you’ll be satisfied all morning long after eating them. Whole wheat pancakes serve up 17 percent of your daily fiber needs in their 130-calorie serving.
Blended nuts like walnuts or pecans, flax meal and other ingredients like cornmeal, gluten-free oats and sesame seeds provide you with healthy fats your body craves. If these vegan waffles aren’t sweet enough for you, throw some fresh berries or apples on top. These make a great gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, oil-free and sugar-free breakfast.
Fluffy and light, homemade, orange juice- flavored waffles with orange zest, blueberries and warm vanilla syrup on top are the way to go. They may also help you lose weight. According to a study, University of Michigan researchers fed laboratory rats a diet full of blueberries and they lost more fat mass, liver mass and belly fat than the control group.
If you love cheese and chives, you’re going to love these waffles. Both cheese and chive team up with cauliflower to make a plate of waffle goodness you can eat at any time whether it be breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack. Use low-fat cheese and you can slash more calories.
Are you a big sweet potato pie fan? If yes, start off your morning with these sweet potatoes, whole wheat Belgian waffles. They’re packed with vitamins and are low on the glycemic index since being made with whole grains; they don’t impact your blood sugar levels much and digest slow.
It’s truly amazing how you can turn what was once only a breakfast meal full of butter, maple syrup and loads of calories into a healthy dish you can do just about anything with. From apples, bananas and coconut to cauliflower, cranberry and fried chicken — yes, you heard right — fried chicken, you can eat waffles for dinner if choose. You may even decide to make heart friendly waffles that still taste sweet and delicious but are better for your heart than regular waffles with butter and maple syrup. Just put your imagination to work and see what you can come up with.