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Health Hack: 5 Simple Ways To Make Healthier Waffles

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tasty WafflesWho doesn't love waffles, right? Especially on a cold winter morning. They are tasty, filling and simply delicious! The problem is, waffles can be pretty unhealthy (think: butter, sugar, white flour, syrup). So this week on Health Hack, we're going to make over one of your favorite breakfasts and give you five simple tips and recipes for healthier waffles. Take a look and enjoy this weekend!

1. Go whole wheat. Yes, we all know that traditionally waffles are made with flour. But that doesn't mean it has to be white flour. Why not try a whole wheat flour and give your body a dose of complex carbs to get you energized for the day ahead? Here's a great recipe that not only uses whole wheat flour, but also soy milk, fruit and pecans. It doesn't get much healthier than that!

2. Ditch the syrup. Sure, syrup is the traditional go-to topping for waffles, but you can also make a pretty tasty–and healthier–fruit topping. Consider mashing up fresh strawberries or blueberries and using them as your “syrup.” Or, here's a recipe that uses a fresh blackberry coulis mixed with lemon–yum! Know what else makes a great topping on waffles? Peanut butter. Get your protein and carbs in one meal!

3. Go vegan. Can you make vegan waffles? Absolutely. This recipe combines rice milk with flour, oil, orange juice and vanilla extract to create a delicious dairy-free waffle. Top with loads of fresh fruit, and you have a healthy and animal-free breakfast.

4. Try Quinoa. Want to go gluten free? Try using quinoa in your waffles! Here's a recipe that not only uses this complete protein, but also combines sweet potato, almond milk and pineapple juice. Sounds like a deliciously healthy way to start the day, right?

5. Add some veggies. That's right. Have you ever thought about adding pumpkin to your waffles? Not only will it add a nice creaminess and delish flavor, but you'll also get a healthy dose of vitamin A. Here's a yummy recipe to try for pumpkin spiced waffles. Butternut squash is another healthy option for waffles to give an unexpected flavor and added nutrition. Give this recipe a try.

What's your favorite way to eat waffles?

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