Whole Wheat Waffles for Chilly Holiday Mornings

If you’re not indulging on chocolate chip waffles with color popping fruit on the side on holiday morning, then what are you doing? Don’t get me wrong: I love a little sleeping in or a good morning run, but nothing gets me out of bed like the thought of crisp, warm waffles on a cold fall morning. Whoever says that a waffle maker is not one of those college kitchen necessities is putting a dull in your fire.

It’s Veteran’s Day and school is OFFICIALLY closed today-I mean it’s official when the library is shut down. (I found that one out by walking all the way there with my loaded backpack just to find a “closed” sign right on the door.) Remember to honor all the veterans in your life today!

So waffles, right? Yes. I made waffles this morning and wanted to share a few of my waffle tips and yum combinations!

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Groceries to pick up at Trader Joes, Safeway/Vons, or your favorite local market:

  1. Whole wheat waffle mix (This IS a fitness blog after all!)
  2. Almond or soy milk. Almond Breeze is always a go-get it in bulk at Costco to save your pennies.
  3. Vegetable Oil and Non-Stick Cooking Spray (if you or your roommates don’t have already have any stocked up)
  4. Eggs
  5. Protein Powder-any flavor! I use Vanilla Muscle Milk. Try out chocolate or banana. Or cookies and cream or pumpkin if you’re feeling a little adventurous and festive!
  6. Colorful fruits! Bananas, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and apples are my fruits of choice. Go seasonal for the cheapest and freshest options. Trip to the farmer’s market, anyone?
  7. Mini chocolate chips. If you’re a chocolate lover like me, you already know this will put a smile on your face in the morning. Go 72%+ dark for a healthier option.
  8. Cinnamon or Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice.
  9. Maple syrup to top it off. This is completely optional, but I love Aunt Jemima’s Light Syrup with reduced sugar.

Stock up on almond milk, protein power, spices, vegetable oil, cooking spray, and waffle mix at the beginning of the semester to last you through the semester. Fruits, chocolate, and eggs are easy pick ups throughout the year.

Your waffle mix box will typically have directions on just how much of each ingredient to mix. Use half of the mix and substitute the other half for the protein powder. Add in the spices with the batter. Add on chocolate chips after you pour the batter onto the waffle maker already covered with non-stick spray. Cook until your waffle maker says “READY” and repeat until your mix is complete. Cut up fruits on the side and decorate your plate! Store extra waffles in the freezer and toast them the next day.

We all want to make tasty food, but we also want it to be Instagram or Snapchat-worthy too, right? Pinterest, anyone?

Show me your holiday waffles! Get creative with pumpkins for fall and peppermint and cocoa for winter!

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