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The Gluten Free Whole Grain Goodness of Waffles

 

Looking for a “kid-friendly” breakfast to serve after a sleepover during Saturday morning cartoons?

Mix up Pamela’s baking and pancake mix or an equally easy and delicious (but not quite as nutritious) mix by Better Batter for fresh waffles.   Pamela’s baking and pancake mix contains 8 grams of whole grains per serving, while the Pancake and Biscuit Mix by Better Batter serves as a great bisquick alternative, made with white rice flour, brown rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, and potato flour.  Next, pair fresh waffles with fresh fruit (I am a strawberry fan myself!) and a cold glass of low-fat milk (preferably one with naturally occurring or fortified calcium+vitamin D), to have a well-balanced, gluten-free breakfast.  You can freeze leftovers waffles to have on hand next time, or for an even easier option, you may want to try Van’s Gluten Free Waffle Varieties or Nature’s Path Gluten Free Waffle Varieties.

Van’s Gluten Free Waffles recently introduced an Ancient Grains variety that has 32 grams of whole grains and 6 g fiber serving! Let me say, the RD in me is impressed!  These may be frozen but they provide a favorable way to meet your/your child’s whole grain needs each day.  Sweetened only with fruit juice, Van’s waffles also offer other whole grain options like Flax (with a blend of brown rice flour, potato starch, rice flour, flax meal, and soy flour), Buckwheat & Berry (made with brown rice flour, potato starch, rice flour, buckwheat flour, and soy flour), and the totally natural, apple cinnamon, and blueberry waffle varieties all made with the Van’s Gluten Free Mix (brown rice flour, potato starch, rice flour, and soy flour).

Nature’s Path Gluten Free Waffles also come in a Buckwheat Wildberry variety (made with brown rice flour, potato starch, yellow corn flour, tapioca starch, buckwheat flour, rice flour, and potato flour), as well as a Chia Plus flavor (made with a blend of brown rice flour, potato starch, yellow corn flour, tapioca starch, chia, potato flour, quinoa, and amaranth).  Both varieties are also considered whole grains and made with organic ingredients.

Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom

Still unsure what waffle to whip up?  Heidi at Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom wrote a great article to address all of your waffle-related wonders!  Besides looking for whole grain varieties, be conscious of what calorie-laden or sugar-coated toppings you offer your kiddos.  Encouraging fresh fruit is a naturally gluten free option that combines naturally occurring carbohydrates with the added bonus of filling fiber.  Let your little one pick the colors, tastes and textures of fruits that interest them and for a fun treat, let them top their whole grain, gluten free waffles + fruit with a squirt of whipped cream!

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