Run. Shower. Work. Repeat.
This has been my mantra the past week. It always seems like once my training schedule increases, my work schedule goes into overdrive. For me, in the midwest summer heat, this means earlier and earlier mornings. The biggest challenge has been finding the right food to eat first thing. I need something that is small enough to settle quickly in my stomach (sorry not getting up any earlier) but still gives me enough lasting energy for a 60 min+ run.
There are theories that working out in a fasted state will help the body burn stored fat quicker, but since my goal is better performance I know my body works best when it has some fuel in the engine. I have tried several bars, gels, fruits, and gummies, but all have left me feeling either queasy or hungry halfway through my run.
I got the idea from the packaged sport waffles, to make my own for a pre-workout snack. I can now munch on 1-2 waffles before a run to get some quick, but lasting energy that I genuinely look forward to (anything to soften that dark alarm clock). They are easy to throw together and make a batch for an entire week.
Bonus tip: They are even better with a little TJ’s cookie butter for a delicious dessert!
Yield: 16 waffles
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ c packed brown sugar
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup butter, melted or coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp honey
- ½ tsp almond extract
- Lightly grease a waffle baker and preheat according to manufacturer’s directions.
- In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
- In a seperate, small mixing bowl whisk together eggs, melted butter/coconut oil, honey, and almond extract. Add egg mixture all at once to dry mixture. Stir just until just combined.
- Drop batter by teaspoons in the center of each section of the prepared waffle grids. Close the lid. Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until cookies are golden brown. When done, use a fork to lift cookies off the waffle baker.
- Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool. Repeat with remaining batter.
Nutrition Information (per one waffle)
- 78 calories
- 10 g carbohydrates
- 2 g protein
- 4 g fat