Make Your Own Healthy Amaranth Waffles
Are waffles part of your morning ritual? If so, hopefully you'll be lucky and not get a stomach ache this week if you usually have Eggo waffles for breakfast. The news warns that they may be contaminated with listeria.
Waffles are a common breakfast staple globally. They make the perfect morning rush food because they're easy to make – just pop them into the toaster for a couple of minutes and they're ready to be slathered in syrup and gulped down. But Today warns you to stay away from Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat waffles for a while. Apparently, Kellogg discovered that about 10,000 cases of that particular breakfast product has been contaminated with listeria, which can cause fever and aching muscles.
Only 25 states were shipped contaminated products, but you should be safe if you live in California and Florida since they aren't on the list. Kellogg is offering a full refund if you've purchased a contaminated product.
If you do live in one of the contaminated states, you're not necessarily unfortunate! In fact, it's actually a good thing. Whole wheat waffles are surprisingly nutritious – boasting B vitamins, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and even the rare nutrient manganese! But one serving can have up to 407 calories. Now's your chance to experiment with making your own amaranth waffles. Unlike whole wheat waffles, one serving of amaranth waffles only has up to 251 calories, but is loaded with iron, calcium, phosphorous, manganese, and other minerals your body needs. It does lack the B vitamins of whole wheat waffles – but you can easily get these from your veggies.
Here's a simple recipe for amaranth waffles:
In a bowl, mix 2 cups of amaranth, half a teaspoon of sea salt, and two teaspoons of baking soda. Separate egg whites and yolks of two eggs. In another bowl, mix the egg yolks, half a stick of butter, and 1 cup of water. Combine both bowls into one, and mix until you make a smooth batter (you can add more water if needed). Place the egg whites in a separate bowl and mix until they become firm. Now fold the egg whites completely into the batter without stirring. Your waffle batter is now prepared! You can pour the batter onto your frying pan or waffle iron to cook.
Eating waffles is not only nutritious, but according to Harvard, it also helps protect you from high blood pressure if you limit yourself to only 20 servings per week. But, Dr. Robert M. Young of Brassfield Dental says that you should only use a little syrup with your waffles. He reminds that syrup, which is loaded with sugar, gets broken down into enamel-destroying acids by bacteria in your mouth within minutes after eating.
If you want to limit your syrup but don't want to lose any flavor, Grand Valley State University recommends adding some fruit to your waffles.
Stay away from Eggo waffles this week to avoid possible listeria contamination. Instead, try making your own amaranth waffles, but be sure to lay off the syrup!