Training has been slowly working its way back into priority in my life. I’ve always made time for working out, but training for something is at a different level. It takes more commitment, more time, more planning. One very positive thing that has come from the chaos of the last few months is now that we will be much closer to my work I am committing to riding my bike there. (I don’t go into the office daily, but usually once weekly). This will help me to train because the ride to the office is roughly 20 miles one way. Riding to work, especially for me being that it is that far and highway all the way, will give me one day a week when I know my training is already thought out. The other days of the week I will be making up a calendar, which I will post at the end of the month of August, to show workouts that I planned to do on a daily basis, and then what I actually did those days. This will hold me accountable, but also will be a motivator. I’ve done these kinds of calendars in the past but have been lacking, along with everything else, these past few months.
Now, on another note, as I’ve mentioned in the past I love baking (I’m not so much of a cook, but give me some flour and sugar and I’ll whip up something!), however my husband doesn’t care much for pastries so I try and either cut down recipes or limit my baking (I end up eating it all!). Anyway, I also love to indulge in a good old-fashioned breakfast on weekends and mornings when I know I’m going to have a harder workout. I don’t mean eggs and toast either; I like something that takes me a just a little bit of time to mix together. Delicious pancakes (see this recipe: https://ironwomandiaries.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/blueberry-pancakes/) or fabulous waffles are my breakfast of choice. I had a challenge in front of me: how do I make just enough mix to make one waffle? And, of course, how do I make a healthy, easy recipe? So I set out to find a recipe I could work my altering magic on and create into something I would crave. What resulted is a fabulously hearty, healthy, and wonderfully delicious recipe. Just remember, this recipe makes one perfectly sized waffle. You may want to be careful when you make this if anyone else is around, they’ll for sure either want to steal a bite of yours, of beg you to make another one. Yes, even the husband that normally would much rather have his daily egg sandwich will ask you to make him one. J
½ cup whole-wheat flour
¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 tsp. baking powder
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
Dash of cinnamon (or two or three)
1 egg white (this can be omitted if you do not have any eggs on hand or if you are vegan)
½ cup cold water (I have also used light vanilla soy milk which is lovely in this recipe also, but to save on calories I often use water).
1 Tbsp. olive oil
A splash of vanilla extract (it sometimes comes out fast, don’t worry, more only adds to the greatness)
- Plug in your waffle iron. Now, not all waffle irons are created equal—some have different settings while others have no settings at all. If you have a setting on yours, I suggest you use the same setting that you have always used when making waffles. My setting options are not cut and dry but are instead represented by a line that starts thin and becomes thicker to represent low to high heat. I have mine set between low and medium.
- In a medium sized bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients. Next, add in the egg white, water, olive oil, and vanilla extract. Mix together until well combined. (Be creative! You can also mix-in blueberries, raspberries, or chocolate chips for a real treat).
- Making sure your waffle iron is heated up completely, spray with non-stick cooking spray, and pour the entire mixture into the center of the waffle iron. Follow the normal steps of your particular waffle iron (flip over, watch for green light to go out, flip back over to remove, that sort of process). You should have a beautifully golden waffle. (If ever your waffle should not be fully cooked on an edge just place it in the microwave and cook for 20 seconds).
Add your favorite toppings and savor the moments of indulging in this healthy, delicious waffle! Enjoy!