I take about half a serving of plain greek yogurt and sweeten it with 1 tsp of real maple syrup and use that to top the waffles. I often also add chopped fruit like canned peaches in water or berries for sweetness and extra fibre. DELISH!
Since they don't fill you up, fit one portion as a snack instead of having them for breakfast.
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I eat Van's multigrain or whole wheat Belgian waffles frequently- paired up with Morningstar Farms sausage links or bacon, sprayed with "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter", and topped with just 1 tsp of real maple syrup with 1/3 cup fresh blueberries or strawberries. Makes me feel like I'm not on any dietary restrictions...the flavor is all good!!!
Now I want pancakes for breakfast, and will have them, too. Everything in moderation. Even pancakes, butter and syrup.
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I love waffles!! I have also figured out what works and hwo to keep myself from eating more than two. Make your own, I am always surprised at how much bigger my waffle iron makes the waffles compared to frozen ones and its good if you lighten up the recipe. Mines calls for everything from eggs to flour milk and oil. Substitutes like applesauce for oil or a healthier oil choice, applesauce or egg substitue for eggs, whole wheat flour, skim milk, and splenda or honey for the sugar makes them healthier. Adding fruit to the batter is great too.
As for how to eat them when frozen, I have ditched the toaster. They always came out way dry and barely warm. If you use a little bit of natural syrup and the microwave, they soak up the syrup and become warm, and a treat without a lot of syrup or dryness. Adding peanut butter could help as a filling choice too. I also eat only 2 at a time, I usually cant eat more with their size.
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Someone below mentioned they are really more of a "dessert" item - I am going to actually step outside the waffle box, and try this!! That is, eat a waffle when i'm already mostly-full, after dinner, in place of whatever other dessert/snack item I might normally have had. Same calories as my usual ice cream, cookies, cocoa, or cheese-and-fruit, so... why not!
I am looking forward to this with much more enthusiasm than an Eggo Waffle really deserves, lol.
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Toaster waffles aren't that bad for you. Two of them is only 200 calories (the same as if you were to eat two pieces of toast). If I were you I wouldn't worry about the waffles as much as the toppings.
Remember that an average meal is about 400-500 calories depending upon how many calories you need to eat in a day. If you have to waffles, try to limit the calories of the toppings to 100-200 calories. Drink an extra large glass of water and add a bowl of fruit and you should be just fine.
On the day you decide to have waffles, try making that your main meal for the day. I know I do way better with weight loss if I plan dinner as my main meal because I have something to look forward to each day.
You can have your buttery waffles all for around 410 calories! You can also replace the butter with something like Smart Balance Light spread to save 50 calories.
You could add a side of scrambled eggs (1 egg and 2 egg whites) or some turkey breakfast sausage and come in just over 500 calories! This way you can be full, and fulfiill your cravings.
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On April 4, 2013 I was on vacation in San Diego California with my family. We went to Denny's Restaurant and I had a stack of 3 pancakes. I feel that it is good to it what you are craving sometimes. The pancakes satisfied my craving and now I will not eat pancakes for a long time.
I would say that if you want waffles, get the whole wheat organic ones for the best nutritional bang for your buck! Rather than using syrup, try topping with peanut butter and fruit!
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If I want pancakes or waffles I eat them. If I want bacon I eat it. I don't eat turkey bacon.
That said, I don't eat bacon that often anymore, because one or two slices (Hormel Center Cut bacon is 35 calories a slice) just didn't do it for me for a long time. Bacon is one of those things that I always want 4-8 slices because I. Love. Bacon. I've gotten to the point that one or two slices is fine as a side to something else now, but I still can't eat a BLT. Too much temptation to go crazy.
We all have those foods we have to be very careful with.
I also love pancakes and good, homemade waffles. When I want them I make my pancakes small and keep my portion to 150-200 calories. These days, if I eat them, it's usually for dinner. One waffle is usually about 150 calories. Homemade waffles are bigger than freezer waffles so it's easier for me to keep it to one or even cut them in half. One Eggo Minis waffle is 90 calories and one of their buttermilk waffles is around 100.
I always use real butter and real maple syrup. I measure them both and keep it to 1/2-1 tsp of butter and 1-2 tbsp of syrup, depending on what I'm eating.
Pancakes and waffles are a side dish for me and are no longer the main course. I almost always make an egg scramble with one egg, two egg whites, two cups of chopped fresh vegetables, and a tablespoon or two of cheddar cheese. The egg scramble has around 250 calories total and is delicious and filling on its own (on Monday I added 1 cup chopped fresh asparagus, 1 cup chopped fresh red bell peppers, and 2 tbsp shredded cheddar cheese for a total of 258 calories). So it's pretty easy for me to add a couple of small pancakes or a waffle and keep the meal at 400-450 calories.
It's all about choices. If I have a cakes or a waffle I won't have any bacon at all. If I don't, I may have a slice of whole wheat toast or maybe two slices of bacon. It just depends in what my day already looked like as far as fat and what I'm in the mood for.
You can eat the foods you love. You just can't eat huge portions of them.
My family loves to have Brinner (breakfast for dinner) every once in awhile. I know that I have to plan for it and thoroughly measure the syrup. Otherwise, it's a disaster. I think that you can enjoy moderately, but keep it to one serving.
I agree with Bunnykicks: If they really are a disaster waiting to happen for you, and you can't enjoy having a moderate amount from time to time, then I would suggest you eliminate them from your diet or limit them to an occasional treat when you're eating out.
I'm not of the mindset that you should deprive yourself of the foods you love, but sometimes there are foods that are triggers for you. For me, it's Double Stuf Oreos. I tried to be happy with a single serving package of them, thinking there were 6 in the pack. When I bought them and realized there were only 3, I decided that having 3 was never, ever going to satisfy me. I don't want 3; I want 30. So I just don't have them.
Pancakes and waffles to me are really a dessert food. And while we all know that treats are okay to have once in a while, you really can't expect to eat dessert for breakfast a few times a week and lose weight.
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I make cottage cheese, egg white and oats pancakes that are only 50-60 cals each. You can add oat bran for more fibre so they are more sustaining. They're very high in protein.
1/4 cup oats 1/4 cup egg whites 1/4 cottage cheese 1/4 tsp vanilla 1/4 tsp baking powder
You can sweetened them by adding mashed banana, sweet potato or pumpkin to them or have some unsweetened applesauce on top or berries. Make your own berry sauce by melting a little bit of real maple syrup with the berries in a pot for a few minutes.
If you really want waffles, then buy a waffle maker and make your own whole grain waffles.
Why do you think these are an essential breakfast (or any other time of the day) food?
If you TRULY want frozen pancakes or waffles - make your own, freeze them between layers of waxed paper or parchment. That way you can control the ingredients and you won't have a pile of junk added to preserve them.
In this case, 'think outside the box' fits. Consider alternate ideas for breakfast, and skip the 'disaster waiting to happen'
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If I eat waffles or pancakes, it is at lunch or dinner and only occasionally. I always start my day with protein and fiber. I make my own oatmeal pancakes (they freeze well after cooked). For syrup, I treat myself to 2 T real maple syrup.
instead of thinking you can't...start thinking what you can do.
you can choose not to eat the waffles you can choose to eat them with another topping or plain. you can choose to allow for real butter or syrup in your calorie range. you can choose to eat a portion and pair them with something else. you can choose to overeat and not lose weight.
it is really your choice. like the pp said, something has got to give.
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I'm something of a syrup snob, so I don't care for anything but pure maple syrup when I have syrup. I use just enough to get a little flavor on my waffles or pancakes on the rare occasions when I have them. (And I have them rarely because it's hard to make them fit my ranges.)
I did just have an idea for what sounds kind of decadently delicious, though. What about frozen chocolate chip waffles with a tablespoon of peanut butter? If you did just one waffle, cut in half, plus the peanut butter, that would only be something like 230 calories, I think. (Looks like the waffles are 100 calories each, and I'm pretty sure my PB (natural, crunchy) is 260 calories for 2 TB.) Make that into a sandwich of sorts, and yum! (My breakfasts are currently about twice that number of calories, so I would even consider two waffles with two tablespoons of PB. That much PB is *very* filling--when I have that on a plain bagel, I am full for a good 4-5 hours.)
If you only want to have waffles with butter and syrup, though, then yeah, you'll either have to have them only very rarely, on days when you can make room in your calorie allotment for them, or just accept that as others have said, you can't have it all and lose weight. Something's gotta give.
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I've been making oatmeal banana pancakes for awhile now - 1/2 cup liquid egg whites, 1/2 cup oats, 1 banana, some peanut butter, cinnamon - blend it all in a blender, let it sit for 10-20 minutes, then cook like regular pancakes. I top them with fresh sliced strawberries and/or agave nectar. I don't know how these would be as waffles but if you have a waffle iron give them a try. Or try out the pancakes. Super filling.
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another possible alternative for syrup - Polaner All Fruit (I like the peach and the apricot best)
I know what you mean about the butter and syrup. When that's what I'm craving, there is NO substitute!
Edited by: OBIESMOM2 at: 4/9/2013 (20:59)
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What about eating them for a meal other than breakfast? Or use just one waffle as a side item for the things that will fill you up? Sometimes if I'm really craving something, allowing myself just a little bit helps with the taste.
Or if there is no cutting back portion size, why not make it a once a month cheat? Eat toward the low or middle end of your calorie range for a week and then allow yourself to eat the waffles/pancakes. Maybe you can gradually reduce the butter/syrup you add.
As some have stated, I've made my own pancakes. skinnytaste.com has an amazing recipe for banana chocolate chip pancakes. She doesn't use artificial sweeteners. Hubby and I found that the sweetness of the pancake mixed with the chocolate chips didn't need anything added -- and he wasn't watching his weight at the time.
Adding turkey bacon and just egg whites wouldn't add much at all. Turkey bacon is about 25-30 calories a slice and egg whites are about the same. If you have extra calories for the meal, mix in one whole egg with egg whites to get the flavor/color of a plate of eggs. The protein will help keep you full. If the waffles/pancakes have fiber -- even better!
You answer your own questions when you refer to them as a "disaster waiting to happen."
1) You don't want to reduce your portion from "3-4 servings" to "1 serving" as they don't satisfy/keep you full (no doubt - they are totally refined flour/simple sugar - and eating them this way, regardless of portion size, tends to lead to "waffle crash.").
2) You don't want to substitute lower-calorie condiments. Don't blame you. Honestly, there IS no substitute for butter and syrup.
3) You don't want to try eating them a new way i.e. with fruit and yogurt, because they "aren't the same." If you don't enjoy them with alternative toppings, there's not much point to eating them at all - fair enough.
4) You don't want to add something "substantial/filling" on the side, as it puts your overall meal over your desired calorie range.
The fourth point is the only point with wiggle-room. Because 1) Eating 4 portions of an already high-calorie food is the disaster waiting to happen that you predict. 2) Low-cal "diet" simulated-foods suck. 3) "Healthy alternatives" like yogurt and fruit only make sense if you ENJOY the result.
4) You have a choice to either a) eat 1 portion of waffles plus something "substantial" alongside them, or b) to avoid them altogether. If you choose a), the reward is you get to eat waffles PLUS stay satiated and the risk is slowing/reversing other weight loss efforts due to consumption of excess calories, and the potential risk is triggering a binge. If you choose b), the reward is not-blowing-your-calories and the risk is dealing with (and potentially succumbing to) your cravings.
As you have been told by so many people, in so many ways, on so many topics, over so many posts, you cannot have it all - you have to weigh the risks, benefits, rewards and consequences, and then make a choice as to what course of action suits you best.
I was posting from my smartphone before, so now that I'm at my computer I can explain things more thoroughly.
While I don't have waffles often (and typically, I eat them while eating out or when having "breakfast for lunch"), I do love waffles. I've done breakfast sandwiches with them (or with cinnamon swirl bread- they remind me of a McGriddle from McDonalds).
However, I tend to have 2 to 4 servings of waffles at a time to try to satisfy me- and they don't keep me full very long. And while the breakfast sandwich option is a good one, there's just something about having a plate of waffles with butter and syrup. (Or pancakes or french toast for that matter). However, as much as I've been craving waffles (maybe with a side of eggs and some fruit), I'm having a hard time justifying it for breakfast.
Now, a couple frozen toaster waffles with a couple eggs (or Greek yogurt) on the side and some fresh fruit really isn't that bad of a breakfast. HOWEVER, I can't find a good substitute for the butter and syrup. Just topping the waffle with yogurt and fruit doesn't cut it- and I cannot eat anything with artificial sweeteners so the sugar-free syrup is really not an option for me.
I haven't eaten the waffles, however, I am REALLY craving them right now, and I am looking for ideas for having them for breakfast sometime. However, Dragon is making me consider that I should cut them out of my diet altogether.
try making your own. somewhere around here is a recipe i have used before that is bananas, oats, milk and cinnamon [i think. if i can find the recipe i will share it] that you blend up and use as waffle batter. they also freeze well. the bananas make them a little sweeter so you can use less toppings of the syrup variety. mashed and heated berries also make a great flavorful and sweet topping that has a little more nutrition value than syrup does. if you're a cottage cheese eater [can you tell i can't stand the stuff?] i have come across similar recipes that use cottage cheese and oats as the base for a waffle batter, so you might want to poke around the internet for one of those if that sounds like it might work.
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If the frozen toaster waffles are a "disaster waiting to happen" before you've added anything, sugar-free syrup isn't an option, and they don't keep you full by themselves, why are you eating them?
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I don't buy frozen waffles anymore, but when I did, I used to make a sandwich with 2 waffles, peanut butter and honey and eat it on my drive to work. You could also do peanut butter and sliced bananas or apples too. I liked the Trader Joe's multi-grain ones, 2 of them were 230 calories and filled me up a bit better than eggo or Kashi.
Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 4/9/2013 (16:03)
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I like the Kashi waffles too. I'm fine eating them plain, or make a sandwich with some Canadian bacon and maybe some low fat cheese.
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Does the idea of a sandwich like I mentioned appeal to you?
Have you ever tried Better than Peanut Butter or PB2? They are great alternatives to traditional peanut butter and you could make a tasty creation with waffles, peanut butter alternative and fruit?
I sometimes get the Kashi or Van's frozen waffles in the natural section and put a little bit of natural peanut butter or fruit on them. Not a disaster. Pancakes in a restaurant are typically very high in calories, and then you add the butter and syrup. But the frozen waffles, while not necessarily the best bang for your buck nutritionally speaking, are not that bad. I haven't bought them in a while, but I think they range 150-250 for two waffles, Kashi's 7 Grain being the lowest of the ones in the natural foods section.
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