In the few months that I've been writing in this blog, I've received one universal question from blog readers: Isn't there a low-carb version of my favorite foods so I don't have to feel completely deprived of my favorite foods? You'll be very happy to know that the answer is... yes! There is one catch... count the carbs!!!
Many of you think I live on pureed prairie grasses or something! If I've given the impression that my diet consists of alfalfa, I sincerely apologize! I really do eat down to earth foods once in a while. Remember the premise of an alkaline lifestyle is an 80/20 ratio! Yes I try to eat the "green stuff" and drink the "green drinks" most of the time (80%), but there is still that other portion of my diet that can eat the comfort foods or the foods that are more ordinary or down-to-earth (20%)... like - oh, I dunno... WAFFLES!!!
The recipe for this low carb waffle is adapted from
Low Carb Belgium Waffle (makes 1 waffle)
3 egg whites, or 2 egg whites plus 1 whole egg
2 Tablespoons of coconut flour
2 Tablespoon milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
sweetener to taste, optional (I used 1 packet of stevia)
Whip 2 of the egg whites to stiff peaks. You can either use a hand mixer, an egg beater, or a whisk if you want a workout. Once you have stiff peaks, stir in the coconut flour, milk of choice, baking powder, sweetener, and either 1 whole egg OR 1 egg white (depending on how much fat you want the waffles to have. I have used both successfully.). Heat up your waffle iron to the highest temperature, and grease or spray it with nonstick spray. Pour in the batter (You can do it in two batches if you need to.), and cook in the waffle iron until browned, about 3-4 minutes. Pull it out, top as desired, and eat!
Fat: 2.5 grams
Net Carbs: 3 grams
Protein: 20 grams
Compare this with a traditional Belgium Waffle which is:
Fat: 19 grams
Net Carbs: 47 grams
Protein: 8 grams
Today is NATIONAL WAFFLE DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you are diabetic and have been feeling deprived because you don't think you can eat the same way you used to, take heart! This waffle is just as good as the higher carb version. You won't even know the difference. Make sure you don't use full sugar syrup though - better stick with a sugar-free syrup, but use it sparingly and check the carb count on it - because as we all know, just because it says sugar free - that does not mean it has fewer carbs! The message here is - celebrate - but count your carbs!