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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

2 eggs
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.

Happy cooking! 
 
Comments
Jan. 18, 2010 6:28 am
Don't you HATE when someone else tells them the same thing you tell them, and they finally believe it?! Anyway, the waffles sound great! I've turned over a new (healthier) leaf myself and am always looking for new recipes and tips!
 
Jan. 18, 2010 2:10 pm
Thanks for the recipe Amanda... We are also trying to get healthy; Shanon started a "getting healthy" group after the 1st of the year. Look for H2H group/blog for tips and you can also give us anything that helps you as well... :)
 
 
 
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I'm Amanda. I live in Okinawa, Japan on the Air Force base. My husband and I are here for a three year tour. I love to cook and bake (obviously), and I am *so* thankful that my kitchen has a TON of counter space. I'm a beginner with cooking, still getting the hang of things, but I love experimenting. I prefer cooking with fresh, local, preferably organic foods if I can get my hands on some, but if not I'll still cook and bake and cook and bake anyway!
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Lately I've been fixing up a lot of Asain dishes and trying out new dessert recipes. My interests change a lot though, so in a week I may be trying home baked bread recipes. Who knows? Haha! (Actually, home baked bread does sound good :D)
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My family will make the best breakfast casseroles and stratas for Christmas brunch.
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Once, I made a batch of muffins that I felt disappointed with. I felt the recipe was too bland and wasn't sweet enough. The next day, a couple of friends stopped by and tried the muffins. One of my friends immediately exclaimed that the muffins were "amazing" while the other friend told me that I had a "gift" with baking. After that the muffins didn't taste so bad to me either :)
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There were many, many times when I was younger that I would forget to put the sugar in cakes and other desserts. Oops! :) After a few nightmares, I've gotten good at remembering. Haha!
 
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