Local French Toast with Homemade Blueberry Syrup and Whipped Cream

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Hi Everybody! February is half over and I can just feel spring in the air since we have had such a mild Minnesota weather. Speaking of Minnesota, I just have to talk to you all about “local”. I just love local and I love talking about local. So I thought I would show you some great recipes using some of our great local products right here in the Midwest.

Today I thought I would talk about French Toast with homemade blueberry syrup and homemade whipped cream. This is a ‘yummy” no matter which way you look at it. Continue reading “Local French Toast with Homemade Blueberry Syrup and Whipped Cream”

3 Healthy Waffle Recipes

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People seem more often than not to struggle with nutritious breakfast ideas and even more so with the idea of actually eating a good breakfast.  Many people skip breakfast, or don’t eat enough, or eat something with very little nutrition.  So in light of National Nutrition Month, I will help you with my favorite breakfast, waffles!

As a dietitian, it is my job to help people find ways to make unhealthy foods healthy.  You will hear me say many times that you can always find a healthy version or make a healthy version of your favorite food.  Of course it won’t taste the “exact” same, but it can be very similar and taste very good! If this wasn’t true I wouldn’t have a job, so take my word for it and try these “better for you” nutritious waffles.

When I take people on grocery tours, I point out blueberry waffles as a great breakfast choice.  People always give me a surprised look, as if they can’t believe a dietitian is recommending waffles for breakfast as they think they are unhealthy, or if they are in shock that there is such a thing as nutritious waffles. Yes, these waffles are of course whole grain! Again, a healthy version always exists, whether to be purchased pre-made or maybe you have to spend a little time following a recipe.  Either way, you can eat a healthy diet and still enjoy your favorite foods.  How do you think I survive?!

Yes you can buy kashi whole grain waffles, Coborn’s carries blueberry or 7 grain, both are wonderful topped with peanut butter or almond butter blueberries and or bananas and a little bit of real maple syrup! YUM!! All you have to do is pop those in the toaster and voila! There you have it whole grain, nutritious waffles! OR, you can make them homemade in order to get even MORE nutrition early in the day, starting the day off right.  You can make these the night before or over the weekend, freeze them and just heat them up when you want them! How perfect is that?

Here are some of my favorite homemade waffle recipes that I want to share with you.

Banana-Cinnamon Waffles

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Banana-Cinnamon Waffles
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Ingredients
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • ½ Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • ¼ Cup Buckwheat Flour
  • ¼ Cup Ground Flaxseed
  • 2 T. Sugar
  • 1.5 tsp. Low Sodium Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • 1.5 Cups Fat-Free Milk
  • 3 T. Light Butter, melted
  • 2 Large Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 Large Ripe Banana, mashed
  • Cooking Spray (canola oil)
Instructions
  1. Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife.
  2. Combine flours, flaxseed, and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk.
  3. Combine milk, butter, and eggs, stirring with a whisk; add milk mixture to flour mixture, stirring until blended.
  4. Fold in mashed banana.
  5. Preheat a waffle iron.
  6. Coat iron with cooking spray.
  7. Spoon about ¼ cup batter per 4-inch waffle onto hot waffle iron, spreading batter to edges.
  8. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until steaming stops; repeat procedure with remaining batter.

 

Two-Berry Syrup Waffles

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Two-Berry Syrup Waffles
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Ingredients
  • Waffles
  • 2 T. Ground Flaxseed
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • ½ Cup Whole-Wheat Flour
  • ¼ Cup Toasted Wheat Germ
  • 2 T. Sugar
  • 1.5 tsp. Low Sodium Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 1.5 Cups Fat-Free Milk
  • ¾ Cup Egg Substitute
  • 1.5 T. Canola Oil
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • Cooking Spray (canola oil)
  • Syrup
  • 1 .5 Cups Frozen Unsweetened Blueberries
  • 1.5 Cups Frozen Unsweetened Raspberries
  • ½ Cup Maple Syrup
  • ¼ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. To prepare waffles, place flaxseed in a clean coffee grinder or blender; process until ground to measure ¼ cup flaxseed meal.
  2. Set the flaxseed meal aside.
  3. Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife.
  4. Combine the flaxseed meal, flours, wheat germ, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.
  5. Combine milk, egg substitute, oil, and vanilla; add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.
  6. Coat a waffle iron with cooking spray; preheat.
  7. Spoon about ¼ cup of batter per 4-inch waffle onto the hot waffle iron, spreading batter to edges.
  8. Cook 5 to 6 minutes or until steaming stops; repeat procedure with remaining batter.
  9. To prepare syrup, combine berries, maple syrup, and ground cinnamon in a saucepan.
  10. Cook over medium heat until thoroughly heated.
  11. Serve warm over waffles.
Notes
Look for flaxseed, a grain rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fats, in health-food stores of large supermarkets. Freeze leftover waffles individually on a cookie sheet and then transfer to a zip-top freezer bag for storage. To reheat, place frozen waffles in toaster.

 

Weekend Morning Waffles

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Weekend Morning Waffles
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Ingredients
  • 1.5 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • ½ Cup Soy Flour
  • 1.5 T. Ground Cinnamon
  • 2.5 tsp. Low Sodium Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 2 Cups Skim Milk
  • ¼ Cup Canola Oil
  • 2 Large Egg Yolks
  • 2 Large Egg Whites
  • Dash of Sugar
  • Cooking Spray (Canola Oil)
  • 1.5 Cups Maple Syrup
  • Whole Strawberries (optional)
  • One Apple, sliced (optional)
Instructions
  1. Lightly spoon the flours into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife.
  2. Combine the flours, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl; stir with a whisk.
  3. Combine the milk, oil, and egg yolks; add to the flour mixture, stirring until smooth.
  4. Place the egg whites in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy. Add the sugar, beating until soft peaks form.
  5. Fold the egg whites into the batter.
  6. Coat a waffle iron with cooking spray; preheat.
  7. Spoon about ⅓ cup batter per 4-inch waffle onto hot waffle iron, spreading batter to edges.
  8. Cook 5 to 6 minutes or until steaming stops; repeat procedure with remaining batter.
  9. Serve with syrup; garnish with strawberries or apples, if desired.

 

I hope that these recipes help you to start the day off right!

Peace and wellness,
Ashley, RD.
Coborn’s Supermarket Dietitian

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Ice Cream Month: Best Sundae Toppings

best toppings for ice cream sundaesCelebrate Ice Cream Month

Summer calls for ice cold treats – including ice cream sundaes. And, since July is National Ice Cream month, it’s time to dig in to your favorite flavors and toppings. We’d never argue with hot fudge, maraschino cherries, caramel sauce or whipped cream with sprinkles.

The top 5 most common toppings for sundaes are:

  1. Chocolate syrup
  2. Chocolate sprinkles
  3. Multicolor sprinkles
  4. Whipped cream
  5. Nuts

But – an ice cream sundae is a blank canvas that’s begging for some delicious add-ons and mix-ins. They’re great for parties because everyone can make their own creation and you don’t have to do anything except lay out the options and plenty of spoons!

Here are some of the best creative toppings for sundaes.

Cookie Sundaes

Your favorite cookies are great toppings for sundaes. Oreos, Thin Mints, shortbread, vanilla wafers – you name it, it’s great on a sundae. You can also play around with pairing different cookies with different ice cream flavors as well. You can also crumble up cookies as fine or chunky as you like. Continue reading “Ice Cream Month: Best Sundae Toppings”