Part of my 'philosophy' when working with athletes is a no excuses & no BS approach. While no one is perfect and we all feel the need to explain ourselves sometimes (aka make excuses), we generally do our best to avoid it around here. From a nutrition stand point, the biggest issue I have is athletes claiming they do not have the time to cook more often and eat real food on the go because they are busy. I am not saying you should never buy a pre-made snack or eat out (I sure do sometimes!), but I do think that we all have more time than we think to make better choices. It is just a matter of having a well stocked pantry, a bit of creativity and most importantly - making it a habit and stop making excuses! These waffles are a (tasty) example. Making the batter takes less than 5 minutes and then all you have to do is let the waffle maker do its job. You don't even need to stay in the kitchen while the waffles are cooking, just go do something else and the waffle maker will beep when your waffles are ready. Multitasking, anyone?!
These will be my breakfast on the go on the way to swim coaching tomorrow morning. I made them tonight as the squad jumps in the water at 5:45am... I barely wake up in time to jump in the shower and grab a coffee before I need to head over to the pool. All it takes is a bit of planning ahead!
Pumpkin Coconut Waffle 'Sandwiches'
Makes 3 waffles, which will make 6 'sandwiches' (depends on the make/model of you waffle maker...)
- 1.5 tbsp tapioca flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1.5 tsp pumpkin spice
- 3 tbsp coconut sugar
- 2 tbsp Greek yogurt
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 banana, sliced
- Mix tapioca flour, coconut flour, baking soda & pumpkin spice
- In a separate bowl, beat eggs with pumpkin puree, sugar, yogurt, coconut oil and vanilla
- Add wet ingredients to dry and mix
- While you prepare the batter, heat the waffle maker
- Cook the waffles (duration depends on manufacture/model)
- Once waffles are ready, transfer to a cooling rack and let cool for a few minutes before separating to 'cones' and assembling the 'sandwiches'
- Top one waffle 'cone' with sliced banana and place another waffles 'cone' on top. Nut butter spread on the middle is great too (optional). Wrap and go.