This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Van’s International Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.
Pull yourself out of a breakfast rut with these tasty 4-ingredient frozen waffle ideas that can be ready to eat in under 3 minutes!
So here’s the thing — I’ve been stuck in a breakfast rut for far too long. I’ve fallen into the energy bar trap, grabbing one along with my morning cup of coffee for a quick and convenient breakfast… And then about 90 minutes later I crash and burn, heading back into the kitchen in search of a snack that will tide me over until lunchtime.
The thing is, I KNOW it’s going to happen, and yet I continue with the same vicious cycle day after day. Clearly my priorities are not where they should be, and so one of my goals for the New Year is to focus eating a healthy breakfast each morning.
I’ve been experimenting with some make-ahead breakfast options (hello overnight oatmeal in a jar, I’ve missed you), but I’ve also been brainstorming some even simpler solutions that can be on my plate in under 3 minutes.
Toast seemed like a good place to start, but frozen waffles appealed to the kid in me. So I thought it would be a fun exercise to challenge myself to find five different ways to top them, one for every weekday!
3-Minute Frozen Waffle Ideas for Breakfast
Truth be told, it wasn’t much of a challenge… Frozen waffles are fabulously versatile, so coming up with delicious and nutritious ways to top them was pretty simple. Especially when you start with a waffle that’s delicious all on its own, like Van’s Gluten Free Blueberry Waffles.
Yes, I said gluten free — we’re not a gluten-free family, but they’re literally the best frozen waffles I’ve tasted! Oh, and they’re also GMO free, which is incredibly important to me after reading some scary facts recently.
Because frozen waffles can also contribute to the crash and burn cycle, I made sure to include plenty of protein in my toppings. In some cases, I even added a little extra on the side to bump it up a bit more. Are you ready to get inspired?!
waffle + ricotta + kiwi + honey
Ricotta cheese is super high in protein, so it’s a great base for topping a Van’s frozen blueberry waffle. Any kind of fruit will work as a topping, but I chose kiwi because I’ve been enjoying some particularly tasty organic kiwis from my weekly produce delivery. A drizzle of sweet honey ties it all together and adds visual appeal — which my energy bars were seriously lacking.
waffle + almond butter + blueberries + egg
There’s just something about warm nut butters, right? The warm waffle does all of the work here, just spread the almond butter on. Blueberries are my favorite berry, so naturally at least one of my frozen waffle ideas had to include them. I added the hard boiled egg for two reasons: 1) I wanted to add a little more protein, and 2) I’ve been dying to try making them in my electric pressure cooker.
waffle + cream cheese + apricot preserves + almonds
I just adore the combination of the cream cheese and apricot preserves on a waffle, but you can substitute any type of preserves you like. Cream cheese is not particularly high in protein, so a small handful of almonds on the side adds a bit extra. Or a glass of milk would achieve the same purpose.
waffle + Greek yogurt + strawberries + maple syrup
I’m so happy to see lovely fresh strawberries making their way back to the produce department. They’re not at their peak sweetness yet, so a drizzle of maple syrup adds a bit along with tempering the slight bite of the Greek yogurt. Again, any fresh fruit would work with this combination, so you can change it up to incorporate whatever is in season.
waffle + peanut butter + bananas + honey
This combination was pretty much a no brainer. I’ve loved peanut butter, bananas and honey together since I was little, so this is like comfort food for me. And again, we have that lovely warm nut butter effect going on again, thanks to a perfectly toasted Van’s Blueberry Waffle. Perfecto!
Of course, these yummy frozen waffle ideas are barely scratching the surface. The possibilities are endless!
Van’s Foods specializes in products that are honestly nutritious, featuring simple, clean ingredients with third party certification. Pick these frozen Van’s Gluten-Free Blueberry Waffles up at your local Meijer store in the frozen breakfast aisle. Be sure to check your mPerks app to clip a coupon for coupon for $1.00 off one Van’s product!
Do you have any food-related New Year’s resolutions? I’d love to hear more about what you’re doing to eat healthier in the New Year! Leave a comment below.8