What better way to start off the day than with a waffle? (OK, a protein shake would have been good too.)
But no need to feel too guilty, right? These are Van's 8-Grain Multigrain Waffles, 90 calories each with 30 cals from fat.
These delicious waffles have whole wheat, oat, barley, brown rice, dark rye, quinoa, amaranth and millet (that's eight, right?) along with unbleached enriched wheat flour (better known as plain old white flour -- hey, at least it's unbleached). A serving of two nets you 22 percent of your daily fiber, 3 grams of protein with just 3 grams of sugar. I topped mine with some crushed almonds and strawberries. And yes, a hint of that magically spun amber, real maple syrup.
Despite my love for these waffles, here's where I take this company to task: The ingredient listing "groups" the eight grains into a special "Van's 8 Whole Grains Mix." Grouping all eight of the good-for-you flours puts all eight of them ahead of the nutritionally useless white flour that's listed next separately. What I'd really like to have is a true accounting of which flours (in which amounts) actually make up the waffle. Might the main ingredient be white flour? Ya think?
We'll probably never know. But it was a tasty breakfast treat!