EASY PROTEIN WAFFLES (LOW CARBS & FAT)

Waffles are my WEAKNESS! If you were to ask me what I would indulge in on my cheat days, it’d be waffles. No question about it. But unfortunately, I can’t have waffles all the time because it is fattening and will just make you feel like poop afterward… Or can you? I finally bought a waffle maker and have been trying to find ways to make my own waffles at home that are easy to make and macro-friendly! This protein waffles recipe is easy to make, packed with protein, low on fat and carbs, and tastes great!

This protein waffles recipe is so easy to make and is perfect for meal preppers and/or macro counters. I don’t believe in eating salads all day and putting crazy restrictions on your diet. It’s all about eating well-balanced meals that have the right amounts of macronutrients for your body depending on your goals, activity levels, and current shape. I won’t go into too much detail about that in this blog post, but I hope you enjoy this recipe! The key in this recipe is to use less pancake mix and more protein powder as a substitute to lessen the number of carbs, but amp up the protein. Replacing little things for healthier or less-fat/carb options is key to getting a meal with the perfect macros to fuel you through the day, your training, and satisfy your cravings.

Macros:
*The macros do not include the Pam spray, but for those who are curious: 0.5g or 1/2 second spray is 0.5g of fat. All nutritional facts are from My Fitness Pal or from just looking at the packaging I have at home.
Without toppings:
2.3g fat, 24g carbs, 33.6g protein

With toppings:
2.5g fat, 34.8 carbs, 33.9 protein

Crazy eh? The fat is amazing on the pancake mix and all the low-fat substitutes such as the egg whites and skims milk, it makes a huge difference. You can add more protein powder in if you wanted to, but you’d have to add a bit more milk.

Ingredients for TWO PROTEIN WAFFLES:
-1 scoop of whey protein powder (the one in the picture is from Walmart. Haven’t had a chance to hit up bodybuilding yet) 
-1/4 cup egg whites
-1/8 cup (or 17g) of low-fat pancake mix
-1/4 cup of skim milk
-Pam spray
Optional: Strawberries (50g) and sugar-free/no sugar added syrup (3 tablespoons or 45mL)

Tools:
-Mixing bowl
-Waffle maker (I got mine at Walmart for $25)

Steps
1. In a large mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients together (protein powder, egg whites, pancake mix, and milk). Mix it until you get rid of all the large clumps. The consistency should be smooth and not too thick. As you mix all the contents, heat up your waffle maker and spray it with a no-stick cooking spray. I like to use the Pam coconut oil spray because it is made from 100% coconut oil and has less fat.

2. Once the waffle maker is heated up, pour some of the mixtures on the waffle tray. Be sure not to pour way too much because it will overflow when you close it. I normally close it 3/4th of the way and hold it until it cooks a bit before completely shutting the waffle maker to avoid overflowing. Cook the waffles until the light goes green or keep checking on it until you reach the level of preferred cook-ness.

3. You’re basically done; it’s that easy! You can top it off with some fruits and sugar-free or no-sugar-added syrup if you want.

Hope you guys enjoyed this easy, protein waffles recipe! I’m probably going to do more easy recipes like this in the future because I’ve been eating cleaner and sort of following my macros. I know many fitness enthusiasts and gym rats like myself have trouble trying to find delicious, macro-friendly recipes that are easy for meal prep. I FEEL YA!!

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