Q: Can you call waffles a healthy breakfast?
Oz says: Yes, you can! If you make this morning treat from scratch with whole-grain flour and go easy on the sugar, it becomes a perfectly respectable breakfast option.
Two things to keep an eye on: size and toppings. You know those plate-eclipsing behemoths some diners dish out? You want to aim for a saner portion than that—about 4 inches in diameter, the size of most frozen waffles. Then garnish creatively (see ideas at the bottom), and have protein-rich eggs on the side to up the satisfaction ante.
Need syrup? Avoid products that list processed sugars like corn syrup as ingredients; go for ones that contain only pure maple. And keep it in check: Pour syrup into a spoon and then drizzle it over your waffle. Two tablespoons equal about 100 calories.
If you're not feeling terribly domestic this—or any—morning, three grocery store finds do the healthifying work for you:
- Nature's Path Homestyle Frozen Waffles: Light and fluffy, as waffles should be. (They're also gluten-free.)
- Arrowhead Mills Multigrain Pancake & Waffle Mix: This whole wheat–based blend has just 2 grams of sugar per serving.
- Kashi Gluten Free Cinnamon Waffles: Warming morning happiness! Two waffles have 3 grams of fiber and only 160 calories.
Top It Off
For the love of Oz, skip the whipped cream and caramel, and try our takes instead.
- Microwaved apple slices with cinnamon
- Warmed-up nut butter
- Banana slices microwaved until melty
- Greek yogurt swirled with maple syrup
Waffles dressed up with protein-rich Greek yogurt or nut butters keep you full longer.
This story originally appeared in the April 2017 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.
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