Can You Call Waffles a Healthy Breakfast?

Dr. Oz has the answer.

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.

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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.

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If you're not feeling terribly domestic this—or any—morning, three grocery store finds do the healthifying work for you:

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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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