A Healthier Take on a Morning Favorite...
Jan. 16, 2010 7:18 pm
Updated: Jan. 18, 2010 2:10 pm
My husband and I have slowly been getting more and more into fitness and health over the past year. While we were exercising fairly regularly, we still weren't eating very healthy. We did eat healthier than a lot of people, but we still were not being nearly as healthy as we should have been. I tried to get Hubby to eat heathier but he thought that as long as he exercised it shouldn't matter. He figured the carbs in beer would be good enough, as opposed to getting carbs from whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
For several months, Hubby has been trying to build muscle. So for Christmas I bought him a book about Body Building, written by the man who trained Arnold Schwartzenegger. (My husband is a big fan of Arnold, both as a body builder and an actor.) I bought the book just to make sure he had the resource telling him what exercises were safe, and how to push himself without causing injury. I knew the book had nutrition tips, but I thought he would over look those entirely. Luckily, I was wrong. Everything that I had been trying to tell him about nutrition, the book told him, and he listened. Let me tell you, eating healthy is so much easier when all members of your household are interested in eating healthy.
So our journey towards a healthier life begins, which means making healthier versions of our favorite foods. My first experiment was with waffles. I took a waffle recipe from this website and turned it into a filling, energizing alternative to normal waffles.
Healthy Whole Wheat Waffles
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
2 Tbsp. milled flax seed
4 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup banana; mashed (about 1 medium size banana)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, beat eggs, then mix the wet ingredients into the eggs. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and beat until blended. Pour waffle mix into your preheated waffle iron. (Amount is totally up to you. Based on the size of my waffle iron, I poured one cup of the mixture into my iron.)
The waffles were a hit! Delicious and energizing!
To end this blog, I will say that ever since I bought Hubby that book, I have been getting into body building as well. The benefits are AMAZING, but that is a blog all on it's own. I expect you'll hear more from me about healthy eating, and maybe even some exercise tips.