Saturday, January 3, 2009

healthier waffles and my health kick shopping trip

First off, the thermometer on the back porch reads 81 degrees. There's a breeze, but it's a warm breeze. Gross. I hate Houston's weather. I miss my hoodie.

I went to the store today on a health kick to start the new year. I came home with broccoli, water chestnuts and bean sprouts for stir fries, but found no baby corn. Boo.

I got a tub of smart balance, some chick peas for hummus, and a few cans of beans. I had some hummus at a New Year's party and liked it, but couldn't eat a lot because people were dipping their pita into the bowl and contaminating it. I just scraped a taste off of the edge that looked pretty untouched. Also, brussel sprouts. I've never had them and have always been curious.

I take 2 Prilosec every morning and I picked up a box of the generic just to see if I could save a few bucks. I really hope it works just as well.

I also wanted to get some cardamom to make chai tea, but the only bottle I found was $10. Negative.

This morning, keeping in tune with my health kick, I was craving waffles. Now, I always eat what I crave, but I tried to make them healthier. They tasted great and are also great when frozen and re-toasted. Sweeet.

Healthier Waffles

3/4 c. brown rice flour
1/4 c. potato starch
1/4 t. xanthan gum
1/4 t. salt
1/2 T. baking powder
1/4 c. nonfat dry milk powder
2 t. egg white powder (this came in a can I found in the baking aisle)
1/2 T. agave syrup
2 T. unsweetened applesauce
3/4 c. + 2 T. water

*I used the milk powder because I'd like to be able to have a dry mix on hand and add as little wet ingredients as possible to streamline the process. If you use milk, use 3/4 c. and use only 2 T. water.

Mix that up and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Make waffles as usual. These tend to stick a tad bit more than the other waffles, I guess because of the lack of oil. Make sure to use some cooking spray. Top with fresh fruit.

Here's to attempts at healthier eating!


A few posts back I mentioned my mom bought Kinnickinnick (say that three times fast) chocolate donuts as a treat. They were terrible. The texture was bad, there was a funky taste and aftertaste... they were overall gross. The date on the package was still good, so I don't know why they were so bad. She returned them to the store. Anyone else have the same experience?


gaile said...

Hey, thanks for the waffle recipe! I am looking forward to trying these. As for the cardamom, I buy all my spices in bulk - they are way fresher and way way cheaper. Try your local food co-op, if you have one, or a high-end grocery like whole foods, for bulk spices at great prices.

Lauren said...

About the doughnuts, I've never had the chocolate ones, but the cinnamon sugar ones are to die for =D.