Thursday, August 8, 2013

Clean Eating Home-Style Waffles

My family loves BREAKFAST especially when I am making it!! Aw heck, my family loves to eat anytime of day as long as I am making it!! One of our favorite breakfast meals though is waffles. We have had a waffle iron for years now and I seriously love it!! So of course if you have a waffle iron you should use it.  In the past we used it all the time but over the past year we got away from it.  Why?  I use to buy the packaged waffle mix and once I started to look more in depth at the foods we were eating all those easy waffle mixes had to be thrown out. If you have never looked then I highly recommend you look at the ingredients on those packages.  There is a whole lot of extras that our bodies just don't need.  This unfortunately meant no waffles at the Horcher house.  


I have not let that get me down however and I have been on the lookout for a waffle recipe that was clean.  I have tried several and well none of them were really all that great.  I was searching thegraciouspantry.com's site (love her site by the way, if you are a clean eater I would highly recommend) and what do I find but her very own recipe.  Hello why did I not check there in the first place!! I should have known if it was on her site it would taste great!! 

Well another kid, mommy, and husband tested recipe and of course high approval rating on the clean ingredients!! Like I said this recipe is from thegraciouspantry.com.  I did make changes to the amounts of ingredients however based on our own preferences. I have been playing around with the recipe for a few weeks now.  Here is what we ended up with:   

Clean Eating Homestyle Waffles


Ingredients...
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 cups skim milk (or any milk you like to use)
2 egg whites
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder


Directions...
1. Preheat your waffle iron. I lightly sprayed my iron with cooking spray or you can brush on olive oil.  If you do not have a nonstick iron and choose not to spray or use olive oil these will stick to your iron.  Let me tell you it will turn into a whole big mess.  Trust me!! 
2. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and let sit for 5 minutes
3. Laddle the mixture onto your waffle iron and cook until golden brown
4. Top with pure maple syrup, Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, peanut butter. nuts, honey, etc.  

My rule of thumb is to always pair a complex carbohydrate and protein at each meal sitting so in my case I have been having these with natural peanut butter and some type of fresh fruit.

Note: An alternative is to have these waffles for lunch too. My son loves making his peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with these waffles now.  I thought it was strange at first but then I tried it too and it gives it a little something extra rather than the whole wheat bread we normally use.  

Last but not least enjoy and thank yourself for making a healthy meal!! 



If you try this recipe I would love to know your thoughts. Also if you have any clean eating recipes to share, please do so. I am always looking for new ones to try!!!!

Interested in more clean eating recipes or maybe you want to get on the healthy train? Join my next 30 day Clean Eating and Shakeology challenge group. This type of group is great for someone who is not yet ready to start incorporating exercise but wants to learn how to eat better....healthier!! I will teach you everything I have learned and more!! We will talk about what foods to eat and what not to eat, meal plan, incorporate shakeology into your daily regime, daily doses of motivation, recipes, tips, etc. If you would like more information regarding this group please CONTACT ME and we will discuss what would best fit your needs!!

Now is the time to learn how to live a 
FIT, HAPPY, and HEALTHY Life 
and we will do it 
TOGETHER!!!!
~Alyson



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