Saturday, July 18, 2015

Healthful Gluten-Free Waffles

Most of the waffles I have been making lakely have been with a mixture of protein powder and egg whites with with a pinch of baking powder thrown in...  they are really tasty, make up quickly, and have lots of protein... great on mornings when I am in a hurry to get moving.

But sometimes I like to take more time preparing a heartier breakfast... that often turns into brunch, really. That is the case with what I am calling my Healthful Gluten-Free Waffles.  'Healthful' because of the ingredients I have chosen to use in them.  And heartier because they kept me satisfied right through my normal lunch time.

I should also add that The Captain loved them... win win win!

NCN Ultimate Daily Cleanse

I have had a bag of North Coast Naturals Ultimate Daily Cleanse sitting in my pantry for several months now.  It was in the last shipment of goodies I received to test and I admit to being somewhat intimidated by it... not really knowing what to do with it. But, today, when I thought I would use some ground flax seed in my new waffle mixture, I decided to open that bag and try some of the Ultimate Daily Cleanse instead. I am so glad I did!

It is a mixture of six natural ingredients:
  • Ground 100% Canadian prairie flax seed (soluble & insoluble fibre & EFAs)
  • Ground psyllium seed husk (soluble & insoluble fibre)
  • Inulin fibre from chicory root (prebiotic fibre)
  • Ground organic sprouted chia seed (superior nutrients, fibre and EFAs)
  • Ground organic sprouted brown rice bran powder (soluble & insoluble fibre)
  • Probiotics (1 billion good bacteria cells from non-dairy lactobacillus fermentum; provides the same healthy probiotic goodness associated with yogurt, without the taste or the dairy)
And I should add that it is dairy free, soy free and wheat/gluten free as well.... an all-natural blend that promotes healthy regularity.  You can check it out at North Coast Naturals web site if you are interested.

Okay then...

So as to start out gently and ease into using it, I substituted 2 Tbs of the Ultimate Daily Cleanse for the 2 Tbs of ground flax seed that I would have used in this recipe.  I didn't notice any taste or texture whatsoever.

I used a bit of maple syrup, some banana slices and shredded coconut to dress up my waffles.... so delicious!

Healthful Gluten-Free Waffles

Healthful Gluten-Free Waffles
Makes 2 servings

  • 4 whole eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze
  • 2 Tbs Ultimate Daily Cleanse
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  1. Crack the eggs into a medium bowl and beat till fluffy.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and beat again till the batter is smooth. It will be lumpy. Keep beating.
  3. Pour half the mixture into a hot waffle iron and allow to cook about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove to plate. Cover to keep warm.
  5. Repeat with second half of batter.
  6. Serve with your favorite waffle toppings.
Per serving without toppings.
Weight Watchers P+ = 6.
Calories 232; Protein 15g; Carbohydrate 11g; Fat 14g; Fibre 8g.

Mix that batter
Keep mixing the batter till the lumps are gone!

Just cooked waffles
Cover the cooked waffles till all the batter has been used.

Dressed up waffles
And then dress them up before serving!

I did receive this product free of charge to use in my own kitchen and was under no obligation to review it.

What is your favorite way to get healthy fibre into your daily diet?

Monday, July 13, 2015

PB2 and Banana Smoothie Bowl

In keeping with my theme of having cold breakfasts on these hot Summer mornings, I want to share another fun new breakfast dish with you... or rather another breakfast 'bowl.  I call it PB2 and Banana Smoothie Bowl.

Is there anyone out there who has not enjoyed the pleasure of eating what has become commonly known as banana soft-serve or nice-cream?  You just take a frozen banana and a bit of almond or coconut milk and blend them together till creamy... lovely.  I like to  add flavorings to mine so this breakfast was just an extension of that idea.  I added some PB2, some yogurt and some vanilla protein powder, to turn a dessert snack into a hearty cold breakfast, just right for a hot Summer morning.

I always have a few frozen bananas, peeled and cut into chunks, in a sealed container in my freezer, just waiting to toss into the food processor for quick snacks and desserts... a great way to use over-ripe bananas.

PB2 and Banana Smoothie Bowl
Makes 1 serving

  • 1 small banana, peeled, cut into chunks, and frozen
  • 2 Tbs PB2
  • 2 Tbs unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/8 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder

  1. Place banana chunks in food processor or blender along with the almond milk.
  2. Process till smooth and creamy.  Stop appliance and push ingredients down occasionally if necessary.
  3. Add the other ingredients and blend well.
  4. Remove to bowl and serve immediately.
Per serving.
Weight Watchers P+ = 6.
Calories 255; Protein 23g; Carbohydrate 38g; Fat 3g; Fibre 7g.

Too thick to drink, it needs a spoon!

Are you a smoothie-for-breakfast fan?  Ever eat yours out of a bowl?

Friday, July 03, 2015

Cool Breakfasts for Hot Mornings

We are having an unusually warm Summer on the South Island this year. I am not complaining!

Actually I am enjoying every steamy degree on the thermometer... but I have certainly changed my eating habits in this heat.  I am not interested in my usual breakfast fare these days... eggs, pancakes, and even waffles are just not appealing.  I have been coming up with other things to enjoy as the temperatures soar... cold breakfasts are just better right now.

I like to select some fruit, occasionally nuts or seeds, some protein, a bit of cinnamon and sometimes stevia.  The combinations are endless.

Here are a few of my favorites so far... of course they are all gluten free.

Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

chocolate protein powder, unsweetened original Almond Breeze, frozen cherries
WWP+ = 4

Fruit and Seed Yogurt Bowl
Fruit and Seed Yogurt Bowl

fat free plain Greek yogurt, goji berries, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, flax meal
WWP+ = 5

Cottage Cheese and Berries
Cottage Cheese and Berries

fat free cottage cheese with thawed frozen mixed berries
WWP+ = 2

Egg White and Flax Muffins
Egg White and Flax Muffins

egg whites, ground flax, cinnamon, stevia
WWP+ = 4
addition PPV for the cheese
I also like these slathered with PB2 or nut butter

Protein Pudding with Cherries
Protein Pudding with Cherries

Greek yogurt, vanilla protein powder, thawed frozen cherries
WWP+ = 4

Chia Pudding with Yogurt and Berries
Chia Pudding with Yogurt and Berries

Chia Pudding with Yogurt and Berries

Greek yogurt, thawed frozen berries, chia pudding made with 2 Tbs chia seeds and 1/3 cup Almond Breeze.
WWP+ = 4

A couple of weeks ago, I even had a big kale salad!

What do you like to have for breakfast on a hot morning?