Hi I'm Leli.

Welcome to my blog. I hope you will stay awhile and that you will feel encouraged, refreshed and, hopefully, we can share a laugh about this crazy journey of marriage and parenting little people. I am a freelance graphic designer and stay-at-home mom who finds my calm in the kitchen.  

Delicious, Healthy Green Waffles your Kids will actually eat

Delicious, Healthy Green Waffles your Kids will actually eat

Have you noticed how you no longer have to look at the calendar to find out the approaching Holiday? Just pay attention to the bag of candy your child brings home from school, and when it is finally empty, it is time for the next one. We start out with Halloween when kids give each other treats (you know because they won't get enough trick-or-treating around the neighborhood or anything). When this supply of candy finally runs out, you realize it is December. When the candy canes are gone, it's February and time for a fresh supply of chocolate hearts. The March Leprechaun brings gold coins, and eventually, chocolate bunnies show up and you know it must be spring. I do not remember this growing up; candy was something very special that we got from Santa or the Easter Bunny, not other kids at school. I feel like the mean parent that quietly sneaks it into the trash can or has them earn it with chores.

With this constant stream of sugar it's really hard to get your kids to desire healthy foods. I try and incorporate veggies into every meal of the day. Breakfast should also contain some leafy greens. Did you know Spinach can be delicious in waffles? Try these out with a little almond butter, Greek Yogurt and Honey. I have told my kiddos they are Monster waffles at Halloween and Leprechaun waffles on St. Patrick's day. Just doing my Mom job to manipulate the Holidays into a healthier direction! Okay. I never like a lot of chit chat on blog posts that contain recipes, so let's cut to the chase.

You will need

  • 4 Eggs
  • 6 TBS butter
  • 1 cup fresh Spinach
  • 1 cup buttermilk or greek yogurt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 TBS sugar (optional I like to leave it out as they will be sweetened with syrup anyway)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (I use 2 cups of freshly milled wheat flour. If you don't have this, you can use store-bought whole wheat flour or substitute All Purpose.) 
  • 1 1/4 cup All Purpose flour

Toppings

  • Greek Yogurt
  • Almond butter (tip: heat it up for a few seconds in the microwave to get it to drizzle)
  • honey or syrup
  • Slivered almonds

Separate eggs. Place whites in mixer or beat by hand until stiff peaks form (you can skip this step but it makes for a wonderful light and fluffy waffle).

Liquid: Place Spinach and buttermilk or yogurt in a Vitamix or blender. Blend until smooth.  Add egg yolks and melted butter.

Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add liquid to dry and stir with fork. Spoon in egg white mixture and lightly stir until combined. 

Place waffles in a hot, greased waffle iron

Top with almond butter, honey, greek yogurt or syrup.

 

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