Tuesday, August 23, 2016

National Waffle Day 8/24 - Recipes, Breakfast Tips by Joy Bauer, Van's Giveaway Pack & More

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National Waffle Day is August 24th! This is a fun and easy food to celebrate. Grab a box of Van's waffles and enjoy.

Waffles are my toddler's favorite breakfast food and a frequent go-to for us on busy school day mornings. With school starting next week, I know I could use some easy new and creative ways to get the kids fed in the morning. But, it isn't just about them "eating something"; I want them to feel satisfied and have a balanced healthy breakfast. I struggle in this area at times because let's face it mornings can be a bit hectic. I am usually balancing work, getting dressed, serving breakfast, packing school lunch along with getting 4 boys out the door that are dressed with teeth brushed and hair combed. Phew...that is a challenge that I am sure many of you can relate to. As a matter of fact, Van’s recently completed a study of 1,000 moms, asking how they experience mornings. Check out the highlights and infographic from their findings here.

Registered Dietitian Joy Bauer, previously featured on the Today Show, partnered with Van’s to help make mornings just a little bit easier for moms. Joy, a mom of three, has created three 5-minute waffle recipes that not only provide a wholesome, filling start to the day, but are also perfect for picky eaters. Amen to that! Sometimes I feel like I am the short order cook. Look at how cute these Waffle Happy Faces are...adorbs. I think my kids would love to eat these. Get the recipes here.

Photo credit: Van's

Joy’s Morning Hacks
  1. Keep a stable of go-to items in your pantry and refrigerator to provide nutritious, quick options. Low-fat Greek yogurt, eggs, nut butters, berries, bananas and grapes are all great on top of Van’s 8 Whole Grains waffles—super easy, kid-friendly and filling. 
  2. Think ahead. If you plan breakfast the night before, you’ll eliminate 50 percent of the stress during the morning rush.No one expects moms to whip up from-scratch waffles or pancakes on a chaotic weekday—keep it simple, decide what you’re serving the night before, and you can spend less than five minutes on a filling, wholesome, delicious breakfast in the a.m. 
  3. Presentation is important. Anything that says “fun” is appealing for younger kids. If you take a Vans whole grain waffleand use good-for-you ingredients to create a happy face on top, you’ll have happy eaters. Kids can help with assembly—let them choose their toppings or match their waffle face to their mood. You can use blueberries for eyes and raspberries, cherries or a kiwi slice for a mouth. You’ll be smiling, too, as you watch how quickly they gobble it up! 
  4. Make your morning meal a triple threat. Since parents tend to have full control over what their kids eat for breakfast, it’s important to make it count. The winning combination includes ample fiber and protein, while minimizing sugar. That helps stabilize blood sugar and provides fuel and sustenance to make it through the morning routine. 
  5. Plan “me” time. Be strategic and sneak some breaks while parenting— whether that means a walk with a sleeping child in a stroller or timing kids’ screen time to coincide with your workout. Every mom knows that a little “me” time makes you a better parent!
    One (1) lucky MyVegasMommy reader will win a Van's Prize Pack: branded tote bag, water bottle, coupons and snack sack. Winner must provide mailing address, no PO Boxes. US residents 18 yrs or older. Contest ends 9/4/16 at 11:59 PM PST.

    Good Luck!

    Disclosure: I received samples of Van's products in order to conduct my review. My opinions are my own.


    1. YES!! we love Vans food waffles. we have them for breakfast all the time

    2. I haven't tried Van's waffles before.

    3. Love vans waffles! They are wonderful for my gluten-free guy.

    4. I won!! what do I need to do now?



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