Salted Caramel Pumpkin Protein Waffles
'Tis the season for pumpkin spice every-THANG!
First off...team waffle OR team pancake?!
I have been team waffle for MANY years. My parents had a heart shaped waffle iron <3 Growing up I always looked forward to Saturday mornings...I would get out my Mom's recipe book and make waffles for the family!
Pancakes were always a struggle for me. I can make them now but have had many pancake flip fails...if you feel me!
When I first got into fitness, working out, and focusing on my diet...I thought I would have to give up my beloved waffles. All that flour...milk...oil....syrup...there was NO way I could eat that and achieve my goals!
Fast forward to now. I now understand how food is broken into 3 main macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, fats) and that to LOSE weight all you really need to do is be in a caloric deficit. There are NO magic weight loss foods. Stay tuned for a future blog post on this :)
BACK to my waffles!!!
So, now that I understand macros and how to properly fuel my body...I eat waffles EVERY single day! Sometimes twice a day! They are SUCH a versatile meal as you can add and remove ingredients. I ate waffles everyday during my last competition prep and I still do! The ingredients have changed but they always satisfy my cravings.
Adding REAL pumpkin puree is a GAME changer! It's like .... pumpkin pie ... in a waffle. YAS!
High in fibre, potassium, Iron, and Vitamin A...pumpkin is an amazing low-carb food that will keep your taste buds and digestion happy!
20g Magnum Quatrro Protein Powder (I used Salted Freakin' Caramel flavor)
40g Kodiak Protein Pancake/Waffle Mix (can substitute 30g oats-just blend all ingredients in blender)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
50g egg whites
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
Mix all ingredients and add water to consistency.
Pop in the waffle iron or make pancakes!
Top with whatever your heart desires! I used powdered peanut butter, strawberries, and ED Smith sugar free syrup this time.
Macros (without toppings):
34 C 1F 40P
*I always alter my pancake/waffle recipe depending on the other meals I have that day! This day I used my fat macros on steak, avocado, eggs, and peanut butter. Otherwise I would add coconut oil or an egg instead of egg whites!
Hope you all get BASIC with me and try this one out!