Weekend Chew: Healthy Waffles (or Pancakes)

Do you prefer pancakes or waffles? It’s almost as contentious of a debate as creamy or crunchy peanut butter. Personally, I am on “Team Waffle.” But I digress.

No matter if you choose pancakes or waffles, this Saturday morning breakfast staple can be either a healthful addition to a balanced diet or it can derail your whole day. Here are some simple tips to make this weekend breakfast treat one you won’t regret.

  • Swap out white flour for whole wheat flour.

If you are making homemade batter for your waffles (or pancakes), opt to use whole wheat flour, which is a main ingredient in homemade batter. Whole wheat flour is chock full of fiber (13 g per cup) and protein (16 g per cup). If you are unsure about what whole wheat flour will do to the flavor, white whole wheat flour is available, or you can go half-and-half (white and whole wheat) when making your homemade batter mixture.

  • Add your favorite ingredients.   

Naturally sweeten your waffles (or pancakes) with fruit or add some crunch with nuts. My personal favorites are strawberries, blueberries and bananas. Bananas are a good source of fiber and vitamin C. Walnuts are a tasty way to add healthy fats to your breakfast, or you can opt for oats to add even more fiber to your diet.

  • Be mindful of toppings

Go ahead. Live a little. Top those waffles (or pancakes) with some butter and maple syrup. But remember, a little can go a long way. If you must be a shining pillar of health, try topping your waffles (or pancakes) with plain low-fat or Greek yogurt.  Yogurt is packed with probiotics, calcium, riboflavin and protein. Top with fresh fruit, nuts or granola.

This weekend, surprise a loved one with breakfast in bed or enjoy a lazy, delicious Saturday breakfast with the entire family—even if you are on “Team Pancake.”