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So Many Waffle Ideas, Plus Huge No-Guilt Snacks!

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Dear HG,

I love waffles, and the stats on some of the frozen versions aren't bad. But I never know what to add other than light butter and syrup. Got any ideas to make 'em more meal-like?

Waffling Wendy

Hi Wendy,

You're right -- there are so many waffles in the freezer aisle with impressive stats: Eggo Nutri-Grain Low Fat, Van's Lite, Kashi 7 Grain... Here are some great ways to turn those waffles into a full-on meal! 

Break out the breakfast meat. Sausage is great -- stick to meatless or turkey varieties with reasonable stats, like the ones from MorningStar Farms or Jimmy Dean. If you're more of a bacon lover, add a slice of center-cut or turkey bacon. Oscar Mayer, Hormel, and Jennie-O make some of my favorites. You can even find products like Jimmy Dean Turkey Hearty Sausage Crumbles and Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon Bits -- no crumbling or chopping necessary! All of these morning meats are GREAT paired with frozen waffles. Top it all off with sugar-free pancake syrup -- YUM! By the way, beware of lite pancake syrup -- a quarter-cup has about 100 calories, compared to the 30 calories or so in the same amount of the sugar-free stuff.

Feelin' fruity? Stir berries or chopped fruit into some low-sugar fruit preserves, and spoon it over your waffles. Then add a little powdered sugar (only 10 calories per teaspoon) to make it feel really special. This would be great paired with a container of fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt!

Spread the love... Light butter isn't your only option. The Laughing Cow Smooth Sensations Cream Cheese Spread comes in a bunch of 1/3 less fat flavors -- the Cinnamon Cream and Strawberries & Cream are especially good on waffles. Just 45 calories and 4g fat per wedge, plus a couple grams of protein. Love peanut butter? Go for reduced-fat PB -- around 95 calories and 6g fat per tablespoon, plus 4g protein to keep you satisfied. Hungry for more? Pair your waffle with an egg mug!

Ready for recipes? Click here for our In Your Face! Breakfast Waffle (there's an EGG on top), Foxy Lox-Topped Waffle (lox rocks, but click here for important recall info), and Hungry Grilled Ham 'n Cheese Waffle 'Wich (WAFFLE 'WICH!). And check out these B-fast Waffle Tacos and S'mores Waffles -- both so good, I could cry.

Happy breakfasting!

Hi Hungry Girl,

I love to snack, but I'm not satisfied by small portions, no matter how delicious the food. Got any suggestions?

Turn Up the Volume

Hi Turn Up the Volume,

I hear you... Who DOESN'T like their snack servings large and in charge? Here are a bunch of guilt-free snacks with super-generous portion sizes!

94% Fat-Free Popcorn - You can have about FIVE cups for around 100 calories (PointsPlus® value 3*). Popcorn has fiber, too. Many companies make this stuff, but my favorite is Jolly Time Healthy Pop -- if you can get your hands on the Caramel Apple flavor, DO IT. If not, look for kettle corn or butter options.

Little Crackers, Big Servings - First up, Crunchmaster Cheezy Crisps. You can have SIXTY of these little crisps for only 120 calories and 3g fat (PointsPlus® value 3*). I also really like FiberGourmet Thinables. They come in great flavors -- Wheat, Nacho, and Cheese -- and a 1-oz. serving has just 60 - 70 calories and 2.5 - 3.5g fat (PointsPlus® value 2*).

Freeze-Dried Fruit - Regular dried fruit is a small, often sugary, shriveled version of its former self. (Sad.) Freeze-dried fruit, on the other hand, is just zapped of all its moisture. It's CRUNCHY and delicious. You can have a cup or so for 100 calories. Not bad at all! My hands-down TOP pick is Funky Monkey. For a supermarket staple, hit the baby-food aisle for Gerber Graduates Mini Fruits. While you're there, check out Gerber Graduates Puffs -- snacks so light 'n airy, you could eat the whole 6-serving container for 150 calories. Click here for more freeze-dried-fruit info.

Anisi Honey Wafer Thins - There's a reason these were the secret find on the "Ginormous Food" episode of Hungry Girl -- they're HUGE! Each steering-wheel-sized treat (okay, maybe slightly smaller) features a crispy outside and a sweet layer of honey on the inside. Only 90 calories and half a gram of fat each (PointsPlus® value 3*). Worth ordering online, for sure!

Veggies - Baby carrots, broccoli florets, red pepper strips, sugar snap peas... All delicious, nutritious, and low enough in calories that you can enjoy a lot of 'em. Dip your veggies into your favorite light salad dressing or low-cal dip -- click here and here for a couple of recipes. And for a chip-like snack made from veggies, whip up this Baked Kale recipe!

Time to hit the supermarket...

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Today, January 30th, is National Croissant Day. Check out this Jimmy Dean Delights Turkey Sausage Reduced Fat Croissant, complete with egg whites and cheese for only 290 calories. Jimmy's on a roll today! (Tee hee.)

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