Whole Wheat Oatmeal Waffles Sunday

January 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Note to self: Always always always, no matter what, eat a good breakfast with plenty of protein! Scroll down and skip all the ludeness for the recipe for Somewhat Healthier Waffles.

Last night I attended a meeting of the Secret Society. The theme this month was football, or Superbowl, or NFL, or something like that.

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It was mostly about the food, or maybe that was just me. I made myself not snack all afternoon, and after running twelve miles and having a salad for lunch, I was starving by the time the meeting began. I pretty much stuffed myself on all the badness goodness.

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My Warm Broccoli Cheese Dip turned out pretty good, but really it just tasted like every broccoli cheese casserole you have ever had. I snagged the recipe from Whole Foods via Pinterest.

One of the other members of the inner sanctum also made a Pinterest-found recipe for bread stuffed with artichoke dip. It was awesome, and better than my broccoli dip stuff.

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Shrek and Anatomically Correct Ted were there, as always. They are integral to the rituals.

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Everybody wore their football shirts.

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Clearly if this had been a contest, the Dolphins would have been winning.

Ah, how I have missed my little exclusive club meetings, which I have not been able to attend since October.

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You guys are all the best!

This morning, I made Somewhat Healthier Waffles for breakfast.

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I adapted this recipe from one that came with the instructions for our waffle iron, so hard-ass can’t complain about my sharing it on the blog. It is my own. Here it is:

Ingredients:
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups almond milk (original, unsweetened, 60 calories per cup)
2 eggs
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla

Instructions:
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk all wet ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk the dry and wet ingredients together in the large bowl just until moistened. Allow batter to rest 5 minutes and preheat waffle iron. If after resting the batter seems too thick, add a little water until it is a thick but not too thick consistency. Should pour and spread out easily. Pour scant 1 cup of batter onto the center of the bottom grid. Close top and flip waffle maker. You must have a waffle maker that flips to make good waffles. Seriously. Bake until waffle is brown and not much steam is coming out, about 4 minutes. Makes 5 waffles, approximately 310 calories each.

Don’t pour too much batter onto the waffle iron, or this happens.

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We all love these waffles, and sometimes I make other varieties, like applesauce and cinnamon waffles, or chocolate waffles.

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After breakfast the boys and I headed to the gym. First I did 30 minutes on the elliptical…

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then Bodypump.

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My gym just got new steps for all the step-using classes.

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Nobody likes them. They are heavier and more cumbersome than our old ones and less adjustable. They take up more room than the old ones and won’t even all fit inside the big equipment closet in the group fitness room. Also, they must be a few inches shorter than the old ones because my long torso barely fits on the thing when we do tracks that require you to lay down on the bench. I do have a man-sized torso, though, so I’m sure they are fine for most of the ladies.

I was back to my pre-holidays weights today and it was challenging but felt good. Also, I am rocking out all the push-ups on my toes in the shoulder tracks after last week’s “Push ‘em Out!” Facebook challenge. Must remember to keep randomly doing sets of push-ups throughout the day. I should set up auto-texts to myself to remind myself or something. Can you guys just text me randomly with the words “push-em-out”? Thanks.

When we got home from the gym at 11:30 I was starving. I ate one whole waffle and a bunch of fruit for breakfast and felt plenty full, but it wasn’t good enough to tide me over until my normal lunch time of 1:00 p.m. The waffles do have two eggs, but almond milk has very little protein, so that 2/5ths of an egg just didn’t do it for me. I should have made some eggbeaters or something to go with it. I ended up scarfing all the leftover broccoli cheese dip I brought home last night with Triscuits. It was about 1/3 of the casserole dish. Not really the best lunch and now I feel gross. Eating a large nutritious breakfast is really the best thing you can do to help control your eating for the rest of the day.

Now the boys are watching the Mark Wahlberg version of Planet of the Apes and I’m doing laundry, blogging and net surfing. My house is in utter disarray, but I feel no motivation to do anything about it. You may catch a glimpse of the depth of my shame in the corner of that picture of Mack with the waffles above. Yes, we are those people.

You still love me, though, right?