Ever think health happens in a vacuum? Like you’ll get healthy when you have the time and desire to cook and when you’re sure to wake up feeling energized and excited and that your kids will be able to patiently wait while you cook, playing happily with no squabbling, and then everyone will enjoy your amazing (and healthy!) meal with no complaints at all?
Ha. I’ve totally thought that (and sometimes still do). And then 92.36% of the time I don’t end up even trying a different recipe or tweaking a regular to give it a nutritional boost because it seems like I can never get to that place of perfection and so why even bother trying to do anything at all? (Oh hello, personal health block.)
My lovelies — there is no there. Perfect is an illusion.
Every so often we’ll get a day where everything does flow. However, we’ll also have days when it all seems so damn hard. If we want to get healthier and lose weight or have more energy or stop the waistband of our pants from pinching or whatever, we’re going to have to do it in the real world, in real life, where there are ups and downs and around the sides.
If we wait until the stars are aligned and everything is “right”, not much is going to ever happen. Yet if we take a step, however teeny tiny, amidst the daily hot mess, we will travel the world. We will make it to our health goal (and maybe even better, the results will be lasting).
With this thought in mind, let’s talk about waffles.
My kids love them; my husband will eat them too. If we do breakfast for dinner, I’ll make extra batter so we have waffles for breakfasts during the week.
Now are waffles the most balanced of all breakfasts? Eh, not really by themselves. However, with a look at the basic ingredients, we can create a base that is pretty decent, and then if we’re feeling like adding in some extras like fresh fruit or a smoothie, we can further bump up the nutritional heft of the meal. Teeny tiny step towards better health right here.
Here’s my go-to waffle recipe. Added bonus: it can be vegan and food allergy-friendly too. If you give it a try, let me know how it goes in the comments below!
- 4 cups whole wheat flour (or can do a combo with all-purpose, spelt, or gluten-free blends)
- 2 t baking powder
- 1 ½ t baking soda
- ½ t salt
- 2 T ground flax seed (optional)
- Dash of cinnamon (optional)
- 3 cups milk (cow, almond, coconut, rice — whatever you like)
- ½ cup water + more to thin batter if needed
- ⅓ cup neutral oil (avocado, coconut, grapeseed, olive — go for something less/unrefined)
- 1 t vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup maple syrup or honey (or 3 T sugar)
- Topping of choice: maple syrup, honey, strawberry jam, etc.
- Cooking spray/oil for waffle maker
- In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, flax, and cinnamon.
- In a different bowl, combine milk, water, oil, vanilla, and maple syrup or honey (or sugar).
- Gently whisk milk mixture into the flour mixture, mixing until just combined.
- Thoroughly coat both sides of waffle maker with spray/oil before making each waffle.
- Scoop ~½ cup of batter (or whatever is appropriate for your size waffle maker) onto the coated waffle maker and cook for 1-2 minutes (or desired doneness).
- Remove and let cool for a minute before enjoying with your favorite topping! 🙂
*My kiddos enjoyed their waffles with maple syrup, sliced pluots, and sausage (classic pork from Applegate) this morning (and yes, those are leftover holiday napkins we’re using up).