20 Healthy Ways to Trick Out Your Waffles
We've got twenty reasons to take out your waffle makers—and they won't even totally deter your body goals. These waffles are all under 300 calories and perfectly-portioned. Whether you dress them up or dress them down, the ball is completely in your court. And for more ways to indulge (in moderation!), don't miss these 21 Incredible Boozy Dessert Recipes!
STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE WAFFLES
Nutrition: 191 calories, 12.3 g fat (8.1 g saturated), 233 mg sodium, 16.9 g carbs, 1.1 g fiber, 7.5 g sugar, 4.5 g protein
Skip nutrient-void angel food cake and whip of a batch of whole grain waffles instead. Aside from being a wholesome spin on dessert, this shortcake contains the king of superfoods. From blasting flab, curbing appetite, building lean muscle, and promoting organ functioning to fighting infection, coconut oil takes the cake.
Get the recipe from Well Plated.
Nutrition: 261 calories, 13.7 g fat (4.2 g saturated), 489 mg sodium, 14.6 g carbs, <1 g fiber, 1.6 g sugar, 18.7 g protein
Apparently waffle sliders are a thing and we're all for it. A beef patty, fried egg, and candied bacon sandwiched between two waffle slices; need we say more? Just make sure to opt for grass-fed beef, which is naturally leaner and free of harmful chemicals.
Get the recipe from That Oven Feelin.
BLUEBERRY ORANGE WAFFLES
Nutrition: 232 calories, 10.6 g fat (1.7 g saturated), 70 mg sodium, 31 g carbs, 1.4 g fiber, 13.5 g sugar, 4 g protein
After a 90-day trial, researchers at the University of Michigan found that rats fed a blueberry-enriched diet lost significantly more belly fat. Better yet, they found that rats fed a low-fat diet and the waist-whittling berries had lower overall fat mass and liver mass than the control group. Luckily for you, these waffles fit seamlessly into any reduced-flab meal plan.
Get the recipe from Lemon Tree Dwelling.
SWEET POTATO HASH BROWN WAFFLES
Nutrition: 200 calories, 13.8 g fat (11.8 g saturated), 18.8 g carbs, 3.1 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 2 g protein
You had us at 'sweet potato hash browns.' Whether you follow the Paleo diet, eat gluten-free or are simply looking for a way to liven up breakfast, these "waffles" are everything.
Get the recipe from Foraged Dish.
PUMPKIN WAFFLE SANDWICHES APPLE BUTTER AND BRIE
Nutrition: 286 calories, 8.4 g fat (2 g saturated), 456 mg sodium, 33.3 g carbs, 1.3 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 5.8 g protein
Despite popular belief, low-fat dairy is not the way to go. In a 2013 European Journal of Nutrition research review, 11 of the 16 studies included found that participants who consumed full-fat dairy products either weighed less or gained less weight over time than their counterparts who didn't consume fat-laden dairy. Incorporating dairy like the brie in this recipe is part of a balanced diet and can help you reach your summer body goals sooner.
Get the recipe from Go Go Go Gourment.
THANKSGIVING BRUNCH WAFFLES WITH FRIED EGG GRAVY
Nutrition: 234 calories, 14.7 g fat (5.5 g saturated), 234 mg sodium, 12 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 13 g protein
We know Thanksgiving was in November, but that doesn't mean our taste buds don't crave all it's fixings—especially when waffles and eggs are thrown into the mix.
Get the recipe from Climbing Grier Mountain.
Nutrition: 215 calories, 9.7 g fat (1.1 g saturated), 31 mg sodium, 28.9 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 9.6 g sugar, 4.1 g protein
These flavor-packed waffles will suppress your appetite, give you a more radiant complexion and help you stay faithful to your workout plan. After running a series of animal tests, Taiwanese researchers concluded that eating the orange gourd helps fight off the production of lactic acid—the compound that's responsible for making your muscles ache the next day. And to discover how to get a washboard stomach in just 5 weeks, don't miss this essential list of the 5 Best-Ever Foods for Abs—Guaranteed!
Get the recipe from Averie Cooks.
SAVORY PARSNIP CHIVE WAFFLES
Nutrition: 168 calories, 6.4 g fat (1.4 g saturated), 49 mg sodium, 24.6 g carbs, 6.7 g fiber, 6.7 g sugar, 5 g protein (calculated without salt)
If date night needs a little spark, we might have a solution. Parsnips contain high concentrations of androstenol, a naturally occurring steroid that can increase female mammals sex drive. Additionally, the root veggie contains boron, which has been shown to help the body metabolize and use estrogen and enhance blood levels of testosterone. Cancel your reservations yet?
Get the recipe from Inspiralized.
GREEK YOGURT WAFFLES
Nutrition: 173 calories, 2.5 g fat (1.1 g saturated), 128 mg sodium, 30.4 g carbs, 1.1 g fiber, 5.2 g sugar, 7.1 g protein
Thank the Greek Gods for these low cal, low fat waffles. The white stuff is packed with satiating protein, bone-strengthening calcium and healthy gut probiotics that have been shown to improve cognitive function and stop belly bloat.
Get the recipe from Creme de la Crumb.
Nutrition: 270 calories, 4.7 g fat (1.7 g saturated), 396 mg sodium, 54 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 21 g sugar, 2.7 g protein (calculated with 2 reduced-fat Oreos per serving)
Oreo and waffle obsessed? The food Gods have finally answered your prayers with this one. Grab a fork and pleasure your taste buds (but keep it to one serving). To lower the fat and sugar counts, opt for two reduced-fat Oreos per serving.
Get the recipe from Poor Mans Gourmet Kitchen.
LEMON BUCKWHEAT WAFFLES
Nutrition: 157 calories, 3.1 g fat (1 g saturated), 48 mg sodium, 29.9 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 5.2 g sugar, 5.4 g protein
These waffles contain one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which fights inflammation and stubborn abdominal fat. Chia seeds unique balance of protein, fats and fiber give you long-lasting energy. Better yet, they absorb water, expanding to up to 10 times their weight in liquid, helping you feel full and fueled.
Get the recipe from The Healthy Maven.
CHICKEN WAFFLE NACHOS
Nutrition: 292 calories, 17 g fat (7.3 g fat), 605 mg sodium, 21.2 g carbs, 1.3 g fiber, 1.5 g sugar, 13.7 g protein (calculated without salt and skim milk)
Fried chicken and waffles is a Southern staple. Throw cheese into the mix and you're entering dangerous territory. However, with just 292 calories and 13.7 grams of muscle-building protein, this recipe is hardly a splurge.
Get the recipe from Real Food By Dad.
Nutrition: 173 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated), 39 mg sodium, 32.9 g carbs, 1.3 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 6 g protein
Looking for a way to sneak more veggies into your kid's diet (or your own)? Despite appearances, there is zucchini hidden in these wholesome wheat waffles. The low-cal green squash is packed with hunger-busting fiber and boasts more blood pressure-lowering potassium than a banana!
Get the recipe from Julie Eats and Treats.
CHOCOLATE COVERED WAFFLE BITES
Nutrition: 251 calories, 13.4 g fat (8.7 g saturated), 112 mg sodium, 28.9 g carbs, 2.2 g fiber, 21 g sugar, 4.4 g protein (calculated without pretzels)
Ever notice that "stressed" is "desserts" spelled backward? Stress often triggers weight gain because it causes your cortisol levels to spike, increasing appetite, encouraging you to eat based on emotions rather than physical need. But according to a study published in the Journal of Proteome Research, eating small amounts of chocolate every day can help you chill out and reach your body goals.
Get the recipe from Sassy Kitchen.
5-MINUTE BROWNIE WAFFLES
Nutrition: 304 calories, 12.5 g fat (4 g saturated), 192 mg sodium, 48.1 g carb, 0 g fiber, 1.4 g sugar, 3.4 g protein
Save roughly 200 calories, 10 grams of fat, and 25 grams of carbs when you take five minutes to make these waffle brownies instead of stopping at Panera Bread on the way home from work.
Get the recipe from Just A Taste.
CAULIFLOWER CHEESE WAFFLES
Nutrition: 81 calories, 4.4 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 183 mg sodium, 4.2 g carbs, 1.4 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 6.3 g protein
Cauliflower is one super versatile veggie, subbing in for everything from pizza crust, rice, and potatoes to waffles. And for good reason; cauliflower is low in carbs, bursting with vitamin C and B, and absorbs whatever flavors it's combined with. With a nutritional profile like this one, this gluten-free recipe fits flawlessly into any diet. To start losing weight today, check out these 10 Genius Tips to Lose 10 Pounds!
Get the recipe from Real Food By Dad
RED VELVET WAFFLES
Nutrition: 242 calories, 11.9 g fat (7.2 g saturated), 108 mg sodium, 28.9 g carbs, 1.1 g fiber, 14 g sugar, 5.8 g protein
Red Velvet anything is divine, especially when it can be consumed at breakfast. The best part: These waffles are innocent enough to fit into your day without expanding your waistline.
Get the recipe from Tasty Kitchen.
PEANUT BUTTER HONEY BANANA WAFFLE SANDWICHES
Nutrition: 243 calories, 13.1 g fat (3.7 g saturated), 278 mg sodium, 28.3 g carbs, 3.2 g fiber, 11.5 g sugar, 6.8 g protein
A PB and banana combo is a match made in heaven. And according to a study in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders, metabolic activity increased by 11 percent when subjects ate about 500 calories of peanuts daily for 19 weeks. While we don't recommend you follow suit, including more healthy fats in your diet could be just what your flat belly progress needs.
Get the recipe from Mom On Time Out.
POTATO WAFFLE EGGS FLORENTINE
Nutrition: 159 calories, 8.5 g fat (4.2 g saturated). 248 mg sodium, 15.2 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 6.5 g protein
Savory and nutritious, this eggs florentine recipe will fill you up without filling you out. But before you ditch the yolk, consider this: Yolks contain choline, a vital nutrient responsible for the structure of cell membranes, protecting our livers from accumulating fat, and building healthy neurotransmitters in the brain, B vitamins, and vitamins A and D. The American Heart Association recommends eating one yolk a day, exactly what this recipe calls for.
Get the recipe from Joane Eats Well With Others.
WHOLE WHEAT CARROT CAKE WAFFLES
Nutrition: 176 calories, 6.8 g fat (4.5 g saturated), 99 mg sodium, 24.5 g carbs, 2.6 g fiber, 11.2 g sugars, 6 g protein.
One slice of carrot cake from the Cheesecake Factory is 1,550 calories. Yikes! That's nearly nine times the calories in this waffle recipe. Skip the cake and have breakfast for dessert instead!
Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.