How To Eat Better & Peanut Butter Banana Waffles

Sometimes people get the notion that my family is weird.

Be what it may, I think when your child is sleeping, playing, panting, and barking in a dog bed, that only means she’s purely a genius.

And even when her proportions are a little off, there is nothing wrong with wanting to cool down in a bowl full of water..

It’s the same concept as a pool right?

Like I said..Genius.

But what I think is genius, might come off to others strange.

Like the way my family eats.

It might be strange that we drink green drinks…

It’s probably strange that I have a fridge full of kale, swiss chard, coconut and soy milk, non dairy cheese, flax seeds, chai seeds, and 75 tubs of hummus.

It’s different that my cupboard is stocked with whole grain pastas, nutritional yeast, beans, legumes, nuts, and abnormal amount of dark chocolate.

And it’s definitely odd that you won’t find tons of packages, boxes of cookies, bags of chips, cans of soda, or frozen steaks buried beneath bites of pizza bagels, chimichangas, and something that rhymes with feggo my beggos.

Some people ask me why I am so concerned with the way my family eats, and if it’s really worth it to go through all the trouble of meal planning, prepping, cooking, and sometimes spending more money.

It’s worth every second.

When I first decided I was going to really change the way I ate, it wasn’t easy. Hubby could down a full 5 dollar pizza in a matter of minutes, and I didn’t mind him ordering one, because that meant that I was going to be able to eat some. That was, if I could pry a slice from the wide open mouth of my starving beastly hubby. And of coarse, the pizza was smoothered in ranch, along with a side of my favorite beverage..Root Beer.

It was cheap. It was fast. And it was damn good.

So why would I change a ‘good thing?’

Bottom line, I love my family.

I had to face the fact that if I wanted my husband, kids, and myself around for a long time, I had to do whatever it took to keep it that way.

If I wanted my husband alert and ready for numerous hours of studying, internships, all the while being the best dad, and hubby..His body needed the nourishment.

If I wanted my daughter walk, run, laugh, play, and learn new things every day…Her body needed the right nourishment.

 If I wanted to cook, clean(still working on that), run errands, live off of 5 hours a sleep, play with my little monkey, and love my family unconditional…My body needed the proper nourishment.

And if I wanted to respect these beautiful temples, our bodies, which God created for us…Then we definitely needed to nourish them properly.

But I think the biggest problem is making the initial change.

Switching from Cheetos to veggies and hummus.

Saying goodbye to fast food, and hello to home cookin’.

It can be overwhelming. It can be really really really hard.

But it can be do-able.

So where do you begin?

Do you like smoothies?

Throw in a cucumber for sweetness, some spinach for veggies. Trust me..You cannot taste the spinach. Especially when you add a banana. Get crazy with flavors. Apple pie, carrot cake, chocolate strawberry..Give them to your kiddos, hubbies, or wives. You can add nut butters, protein powders, healthy fats, veggies, and fruits. Perfect way to start out your morning.

Need some inspiration? Click HERE. and HERE

What about snacks? How do you go from packaged foods to whole foods?

Start simple. Cutting it cold turkey ain’t gonna make anyone happy. If you kid loves crackers, switch to whole grain. Make yummy wholesome dips to go along with them. Slowly introduce veggies, and let your children,even your hubby(lol), pick out the ones they want to try. Get the family involved as much as possible.

Where ever possible, add in veggies, whole grains, legums etc..

If you family loves hamburgers, switch half the meat for black beans, lentils, etc. You can do the same with taco meat and meat balls. Puree or finely chop veggies and throw them into salads, burgers, enchiladas, soups, sand whiches, spreads..etc..You get the idea.

Need some more inspiration? Click HERE., and HERE and HERE

And especially, don’t forget to add flavor! Steamed broccoli isn’t flavorful on it’s own. Add seasoning, vinegars, spices, etc..You don’t always want to be hiding the veggies in your kids/families meals..so make them taste good! :)

And most importantly…:)

Eat everyday, normal foods that your family knows and loves!

Like waffles :)

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Banana Waffles

Vegan, Kid-Baby Friendly, Hubby Approved, Protein and Fiber Full, Delicious!

Ingredients:

2 Cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (could use GF flour, spelt, maybe oat?)

2 tsp. Baking Powder

1/2 tsp. Salt

1 TB. Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. Nutmeg

3 TB. Honey,Agave, Maple Syurp

1 TB. Ground Flax seeds mixed with 2 TB. Water=Flax egg

2 1/2 Cups. Non dairy milk, or organic milk

1/3 C. Canola oil or vegan butter, or organic butter

3/4 C. Organic Natural Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, or Sunflower Butter

1-2 Bananas(depending on how ripe the banana is. If banana is SUPER ripe, add 2)

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl whisk together dry ingredients and set aside.

2. In a separate bowl mix together wet ingredients until combined. Add wet to dry and mix until combined. If the batter seems to thick, add more milk.

3. Spray a waffle iron with non stick spray, and cook waffle according to desired time. If you like crispy, cook longer. We like about 4-5 minutes, but our waffle iron is new, so it heats/cooks fast. :)

I loooove topping waffles, pancakes, and FRENCH TOAST with fruit! So does Baby Boo, since they get coated with Maple Syrup! Makes them extra sweet!

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that living a healthy lifestyle means depriving yourself of yummy food!

If anything, they are the ones missing out!

Especially if you eat things like homemade graham crackers that turned into yummy S’mores!

But we will save that for another day :)

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Comments

  1. Wow those banana pb waffles are making me hungry! And I agree, it really is worth the trouble to cook healthy. Nothing like a happy body and soul :)

  2. Your family deserves it! All the extra effort is worth it for sure! =) I hope to feed my future kiddo just as healthy some day! I couldn’t see things going any other way =) annnnd that sort of rhymed. and im not supposed to be online! crap! love you!

  3. God your pictures just BLOW ME AWAY!!!!

    So gorgeous!!! And you, yes, you are seriously drop dead gorg, Ari!!

    I love the tilted shots of the food. The messy food. <– mine always looks like a cyclone hit my plate if i try that; yours looks amazing!

    Just stunning, all of it!

  4. Helen says:

    Great Post Ari! I too get the same questions/concerns so many healthy eaters get. Of course I am still working on the hubby, but the kiddos are tagging along. Kohl asked to take a fruit tray to school for his day to provide snack….awesone feeling :)

  5. Let me just say that my eyes immediately went to your hubby’s feet to see if he was wearing bright white shoes – haha!!
    And I loved how you said you can have your hubby pick out the veggies he wants to try (just like the kids can). so funny, yet SO true!! I do the same with mine :)
    I have been looking for a great waffle recipe!! I have a waffle iron that has been used once in four years, and I want to make a batch of healthy waffles and freeze them. I’m so going to try this! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. katie says:

    So sweet that pic of you and your husband! Of course Baby Boo is always so damn precious in her pics!!

    Oh waffles, yum! Mike loves waffles, except his are not really the healthier ones, lol!

  7. I think I’m going to have to make these for lunch. Meghan just looked at the screen and said, “mmmm those look good! I want waffles!” :-)

  8. Yes, that picutre of you and your hubby is so cute! :) And… your hubby and Baby Boo are sooo very lucky to have you taking care of them. I wouldn’t mind moving in for a bit. he he! Those waffles, well, I want to climb in my computer and eat them right now! Your pictures- seriously…………. LOVE THEM!

  9. Eating healthy is the furthest away from depravation! Seriously, once you start switching to real natural homemade foods everything just taste better. Waffles especially :)

  10. Tiff says:

    So true! I only cared about being thin when I got married, but now that I’m someone’s other half, I want to stay healthy – not just little. I only wish healthy cooking and healthy lunch-packing didn’t take up so much time, but I do what I can.

  11. Ragnhild says:

    Ari- I love looove this post! Your attitude towards food and health is so.. healthy! Being healthy shouldnt be about living on carrots or starving. But it should neither be about not caring, and just eating crap. Care is love, and I work every day on loving my self and be carefull to myself! And to my family! And friends!
    Like you, I believe our bodys are our temples. And Im striving for keeping my temple as clean and healthy as possible!
    Thank you for a beautiful post, and a yum.sounding recipe <3

    • Arielle says:

      You are beautiful Ragnhild! You are such an example to me, constantly striving to do what is best for your body!! I hope you know what an amazing gal u are!

  12. Renee says:

    Could you make those waffles in advance and freeze them?? I have been switching to more healthy eating (thanks in part to your great recipes hehe) and being able to freeze those great looking waffles and heat them up, would be a great healthy replacement for Eggos.

  13. my jaw is hanging off of my face with how delicious and sinfully yummy this looks. it’s food porn, your blog is crazy good!

    xoxo <3

  14. Hi! Just found your blog and love it! Your pictures are stunning. Looking forward to more!

  15. I love this post! And I love Baby Boo. She is a genius..seriously!!

    I need your photo skills too. And your cooking skills. You rock!

  16. First of all Baby Boo is clearly a genius, bowl or no bowl :) Second I LOVE this post. It’s so true that it takes a little effort to make change but the change is totally worth it.

    Such great suggestions! :)

  17. Kate says:

    Those waffles look amazing my waffle maker just died I think I need a new one!

  18. Kari says:

    So I made these the other morning for The Little Man. He approved of them. He’s not as lucky as Baby Boo though and he just gets them plain! Still delicious plain though so I guess I’m not being too mean, right?! It made so many too, which is awesome to have some to freeze for a quick breakfast. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  19. YUM! Both the waffles & the s’mores.

  20. Amanda says:

    These look delicious, can’t wait to try them! I love using olive oil in place of canola. It’s a great way to add the good fats if you find a high quality olive oil. I love to use meyer lemon olive oil from http://www.fioreoliveoils.com. The lemons are crushed right with the olives so the flavor is fantastic. I’m lucky to have this shop near me, but I’ve heard many others (different brands) are popping up throughout the country.Anyway, thanks for sharing so many fantastic recipes!

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