|Mar 11, 2009 3:37pm||
I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas because I eat waffles and maple syrup everyday and they have tons of carbs and calories and thats what i need to stay away from
|Mar 11, 2009 4:10pm||
Try substituting a whole grain frozen waffle like Kashi’s or Van’s.
If you are used to homemade, look for recipes that substitute yogurt or buttermilk for the fat and whole wheat or buckwheat flour and oats for regular flour. There are lots of substitutions that can be made. You can add flax, soy flour, mashed bananas, blueberries and even whey protein to your waffles, you just have to google a good recipe. Your goal in a recipe would be to replace refined grains with whole grains and to reduce fat while increasing protein. Experiment!
As for the syrup, you can use honey or 100% fruit preserves, or whole berries instead, just don’t go overboard. Or why not try a savory waffle breakfast. Make an egg white omelette sans cheese and stick it between two small waffles. Yum.
There are lots of ways to make your favorite breakfast healthier.
|Mar 11, 2009 5:27pm||
In addition to alohaas2’s good suggestions, you can change your waffle paradigm. Take it away from breakfast (who wants/needs that much sugar in the morning?) and move it to dessert. Why not?
|Mar 11, 2009 8:08pm||
Here’s a great suggestion a friend gave me:
Instead of putting syrup on your waffle, put the syrup in a small cup. Then, before you take a bite of waffle, dip your fork in the syrup. That will help you get the flavor without putting too much syrup on your waffle.
|Mar 11, 2009 8:25pm||
I like Mrs Butterworth’s Sugar Free Syrup, it is only 35 cal per 1/4 cup as opposed to regular which has 220 cal per 1/4 cup.
|Mar 12, 2009 4:34pm||
Thanks for the good ideas
|Mar 12, 2009 5:23pm||
There are a tone of low-carb pancake/waffle recipes. They aren’t exactly the same taste but they are pretty good. A lot of them are cottage cheese and egg whites. Try looking up those recipes. It’s not that you are trying to go low carb, but they are a much healthier alternative to regular waffles, and that one change alone could make a big difference.
Witeowl, if I’m going to eat simple carbs I’d much rather do it first thing in the morning when I’m guaraneed to burn the carbs off before going to bed.
|Mar 14, 2009 9:57pm||
I used to, and still do, have the same problem with cereal. I’d down a small amount of milk at the end of my breakfast to still get some of the cereal taste. It was a lot easier that way.
|Mar 15, 2009 12:20am||
chaddukes, yeah, I know there are plenty of schools of thought on timing of nutrition. I tend to not worry about any of it other than pre- and post-workout. Maybe that’s just because I have the “luxury” of not having to worry about it right now.
|Mar 18, 2009 2:00pm||
Let me be brutally honest with you,
There are no substitutions. Ditch them.
Waffles are among the worst culprits for trans fats in the entire food industry. I wouldn’t have them every day if they were mixed in flax meal and came w/ a $5 bill in every box!
Make a fruit smoothie for breakfast…I even have a smoothie recipe that involves chocolate whey and butterscotch-flavored sugar-free Jello…there are PLENTY of ways to satisfy your sweet tooth without having to go down this route, and if Chocolate peanut butterscotch for breakfast isn’t sweet enough, I don’t know what is!
Want to have a Belgian waffle on a random Sunday with family? Go ahead. You only live once! But every day…well, you only live once, and you’d probably like to stick around for a while.
|Mar 18, 2009 5:00pm||
I agree with acconrad, ditch the waffles, there is no place for things like waffles. ;)
|Mar 21, 2009 10:48am||
I feel like if it’s a food you really love, there’s always a way to make it work for you.
alohaas2 has the right idea with those whole grain versions (Kashi and Van’s). When I occasionally eat waffles, they’re always whole grain and I top them off with applesauce or fresh fruit rather than syrup. And I wouldn’t eat them everyday, certainly. Once a week, or less often. Sounds like you just need some new ideas for other things to have for breakfast.
Here’s a couple of my favorite breakfasts.