Simple Palate: Taste Test: Frozen Whole Grain Waffles

By Cielestia Calbay

If you’re pressed for time but crave waffles after a hard workout or race, a quick and easy frozen version sounds like a good alternative. But there’s a little more to think about when turning to that warm and fast whole grain solution. Here’s what to look for when choosing a frozen whole grain waffle, as well as a roundup of brands that passed the taste test:

- Make sure the first ingredient has the word “whole” in it, like whole wheat flour or whole oats. Avoid anything that sounds like unbleached wheat flour or cracked wheat.

- Each two-waffle serving shouldn’t have more than seven grams of sugar, 350mg of sodium, at least three grams of fiber, and absolutely no trans or hydrogenated oils.

Kashi Heart to Heart Waffles

Serving Size: 2 waffles

Calories: 160

Total Fat: 3g

Sugars: 6g

Fiber: 3g

The Heart to Heart Honey Oat Waffles are a blend of oats with seven whole grains, sesame and a light honey touch. The taste is subtle and doesn’t leave you with that overstuffed feeling.

Van’s All-Natural Original Belgian Waffle

Serving Size: 2 waffles

Calories: 192

Total Fat: 7g

Sugars: 4g

Fiber: 6g

Everything from Van’s toaster waffle and pancakes collection are organic. Their Belgian waffle is crispy and tender and the deep squares are perfect for thick toppings. These also stand up to syrup without getting soggy.

Whole Foods 365 Organic Homestyle

Serving Size: 2 waffles

Calories: 230

Total Fat: 9g

Sugars: 6g

Fiber: 2g

These toast up golden brown and have a light sweetness to them. The waffles are light but are still abundant in texture. They go great with peanut butter for a pre-race snack.

Nature’s Path Optimum Power Blueberry Waffles

Serving Size: 2 waffles

Total Fat: 8g

Sugars: 5g

Fiber: 5g

These are a great alternative to those overly sweet fruit-filled waffles. The flaxseed adds texture and a yummy crunch while the blueberry flavor gives a subtle, sweet kick.

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