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Can Waffles Be Part of a Healthy Breakfast?


Even waffles can make a healthy breakfast when you build them up with high quality ingredients for nutrition and all around deliciousness.
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Q: Can Waffles be a Healthy Breakfast?

A: A healthy breakfast can come in all different shapes, sizes and flavors – from scrambled egg whites with vegetables to whole grain pancakes with a smear of peanut butter.  Yes, even waffles can make a healthy breakfast when you build them up with high quality ingredients for nutrition and all around deliciousness.  If waffles are what you’re craving, go ahead and order them with these tips in mind:
  • Look for waffles on the menu that are made with whole wheat or whole grains to increase fiber and nutrients.  These also add a richer flavor to your breakfast and make a solid base for all the toppings you’re about to add.
  • Opt for fresh fruit toppings that add sweetness without adding empty calories.  Fruits like strawberries, blueberries, and bananas are often a tasty option on the menu and offer a variety of vitamins and minerals to your waffles.
  • Be mindful of high calorie toppings like syrup, whipped cream and even nuts.  If you love these little extras, choose one in small amounts as these calories can add up quickly.
  • Go savory by adding an egg and sautéed veggies to your waffle to mix up your breakfast (or lunch or dinner).  This can be the best of both worlds with extra protein and veggie nutrition.

How do you enjoy favorites like waffles as part of a healthy breakfast at restaurants?

Healthy Dining’s dietitians are big fans of a healthy breakfast and are always on the lookout for tasty options like these that we can all look forward to enjoying at restaurants:
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