There are two important truths that I believe in:
1. Treat yourself every once in a while. Don’t deprive yourselves for so long that you go on a crazy binging streak. I know too many people that do without and starve themselves from the things that they love for several months and then one day someone puts a cookie in front of them. Before they know it they have inhaled twenty cookies and officially fallen of the wagon. So allow yourself a treat every once in a while but make sure that it is in moderation and try to make it yourself as often as possible (no processed junk food: Oreos, Little Debbie snacks, etc). Go for the all natural and organic ingredient treats or make it yourself! My general rule is that I can have it if I make if myself. This means that I have to set aside the time and energy to make it. This also assures me that I know exactly what ingredients are used and that there are no preservatives.
2. Sometimes you have to trick yourself. If you have been eating like my family and I have been eating for 20+ years then sometimes it can be really difficult to cut out the ‘bad foods’. Therefore, it can be helpful to create the foods you love with a healthier twist.
With that I introduce you to my homemade waffles with fresh blueberry sauce. This is a great recipe because you don’t typically order waffles if you are trying to lose weight. It is a perfect example of tricking and treating yourself.
The ingredients are almost exactly like my banana blueberry and applesauce pancake recipes but you have to make sure that your batter is a little thicker. These recipes are not an exact science so you really have to use your cooking eye to determine if you need to make the batter thicker or thinner.
Waffle Batter Ingredients:
1/2 C oats
1. Blend banana, oats, and eggs in a blender until smooth. If batter does not look thick enough add oats a little at a time until the right consistency is achieved.
2. Spray waffle iron with an all natural olive oil spray.
3. Pour batter into blender and cook until done.
*If you prefer crispier waffles, you can pop them into the toaster for a few seconds until crispy but not burnt.
Blueberry Sauce Ingredients:
1 C fresh blueberries
2 T simply orange juice (no sugar added)
1 T honey
1/4 t cornstarch
1. In a small sauce pan, cook down blueberries and orange juice at medium to high heat.
2. Once the blueberries begin to break down and boil, add the honey and cornstarch.
3. Turn down heat to low and cook until sauce thickens.
Now drizzle your sauce over your waffles and enjoy your treat while your dieting friends are eating eggs and plain toast for breakfast.