Eat This, Not That: Waffles

Eat This, Not That is a new post series in which I take a traditional dish and attempt to alkalize it, or make it healthier, and share my results for you to enjoy. I will also challenge you to ask yourself “how can I make this more alkaline?” each time you attempt to prepare a dish. NOTE: Dishes will not necessarily be 80% alkaline in the end, the point is to be able to still enjoy healthier versions of dishes we like from time to time with less guilt.

First up: Waffles. Who doesn’t love warm waffles for breakfast? Unfortunately they are not traditionally healthy or even remotely alkaline. But about this:

Instead of:

Traditional buttermilk waffles loaded with butter or margarine and artificial syrup

Try:

Multigrain waffles topped with organic virgin coconut oil and amber or dark agave nectar

The benefits:

All multigrain waffles presumably contain a higher percentage of fiber, vitamins and nutrients than standard buttermilk waffles.

Coconut oil is a healthy fat which is solid at room temperature and melts like butter. It contains Vitamins E and K and minerals such as iron, strengthens the immune system, fights off bacteria and has antioxidant properties.

Agave Nectar is an all-natural sweetener with a low glycemic index. It is vegan and less thick than honey, and a great substitute for corn syrup.

Where to buy:

Multigrain Frozen Waffles are available at most grocery and some health food stores, or try making your own. About $4/box.

Organic Virgin Olive Oil is now available at Trader Joes along with most health food stores. About $6/jar.

Light and Amber Agave Nectar is available at Super-Walmart and health food stores (look for dark at health food stores as well). About $6/bottle.

Verdict:

I tried this for breakfast this morning and found it to be even more delicious than with regular butter. It’s important to note that I do like coconut flavor, and that the Trader Joes coconut oil is more coconutty than some of the refined oils you can buy elsewhere if you are not a fan of coconut.

Try it and let me know what you think, or make your own suggestions as to how you would make waffles healthier and more alkaline in the comments!

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