Eating waffles is the way many people start their day, so it's nice to know what is going into your body first thing in the morning. Waffles are a pretty good start :)!
Waffles are high in iron, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorus, thiamin, and vitamins B 6 and B 12. They are also under 100 calories each. Not a bad way to begin your day.
These numbers are valid for one small waffle of approximately 33 grams:
Calories: 103 (Calories from fat: 29)
Total Fat: 3g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Total Carbohydrate: 16g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Vitamins and Minerals (as % of the recommended daily value):
Vitamin A: 9%
Vitamin C: 0%
There are some ways that you can make waffles healthier (check out this healthy waffle recipe). One way is to use half regular flour and half whole wheat flour. By substituting only half of the flour with whole wheat, your family will still enjoy the same great tasting waffles they are used to, and you get add in some good for your whole wheat flour. It's a win win situation.
Another way to get more nutrition into the waffles while keeping great taste is to add some fruit to the batter. Blueberries are so good for you, filled with health benefits and they taste good, add some to your waffle batter for yummy blueberry waffles.
You can make apple Cinnamon waffles, by adding some apples that are very finely sliced and some Cinnamon.
You can mash up some banana and mix it in with the batter for banana waffles.
If your family enjoys the taste of whole wheat, you can go ahead and use all whole wheat flour in place of the white flour.
If you are avoiding eggs, skip them in the recipe and instead use 1/4 cup water in their place. You can also chop up nuts to add in.
As you can see even though waffles are fine nutritionally, there are ways to make them even better. The good thing about adding fruits and nuts to the recipe is that to your kids, they will taste even better and be more of a treat. That makes it easier to get them to eat foods that are good for them. With so many add ins available it also keeps everyone from getting bored with just the same waffles every weekend or every morning.
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