When I was first trying to overhaul my diet to try to eat more “real” food, I stuck to my comfort zone and had no desire to explore outside of it. I had absolutely no confidence in myself to be able to pick out healthy foods, so I just stuck to the ones that I knew were healthy (or at least, I thought I knew were healthy). I ate pretty much the same thing everyday for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. And I had a steady rotation of about 5-7 dinner recipes that I didn’t really deviate from. It wasn’t the most exciting of menus, but it did the trick. I felt healthier and had more energy.
One of those foods that I was constantly eating was frozen whole grain waffles. Early on in my journey to eat better, I discovered that if you hit up health food stores, you can find healthier versions of all your processed favorites—like whole wheat frozen waffles. They were ridiculously expensive, but I happily shelled out the cash to stock up on whole grain, flaxseed freezer waffles to eat almost every morning. I’d slather on almond butter (before I realized I didn’t actually really like almond butter all that much—I thought I was “supposed” to eat it to be healthy), top it with some apple slices and a sprinkle of cinnamon, and call it good. It was an easy to way to incorporate something healthy into my morning routine. And while it was still food from a box, it was a healthier option (and much healthier than my previous McDonald’s breakfast habit).
Now I’m a little more confident in my healthy living knowledge. I know how to shop for, cook, and eat good-for-me foods. And even though I’ve long past graduated from the time when I relied heavily on healthy convenience foods, I still try to incorporate that same philosophy into my everyday diet. Part of what made those convenience foods works so well for me was…well…convenience! If it was hard or time-consuming, I probably wasn’t going to follow through. And that’s still the case today. Since I know this about myself, I work around it and work really hard to prep healthy foods for myself each week. One of my favorite healthy food preps? Homemade whole wheat frozen waffles!
I like to make up a double batch of these whenever I have a spare hour. Then I let them cool completely, split them into toaster-size pieces and freeze them in gallon-size freezer bags. When I’m ready to eat them, I just pop them directly from the freezer into the toaster, and they come out warm and delicious. I still serve them up with nut butter (peanut butter, not almond butter) and banana or apple slices. But they’re equally as delicious under a bath of maple syrup.
These waffles are 100% whole wheat, but somehow they come out fluffy and chewy on the inside, and crisp and toasty on the outside. Every time I serve these up, my husband says, “These aren’t whole wheat are they?” because even he can’t tell the difference between these and white flour waffles. Of course, we like to stash them in the freezer, but they are equally delicious right out of the waffle iron. Your family will love them!