Pacific Northwest Trails and Apple Cinnamon Waffles!

This post is my weekend recap, which consisted of few things (I find) worth sharing.

We headed to Duthie Hill Park on Saturday around 4 pm (we live 5 minutes from it) for a fun family biking adventure.  If you’ve never been, there are trails for all skill levels. Start with the trail, Bootcamp, then build from there.  It was pretty dark for quality pics, but you’ll get the idea…

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If you have the bikes, it’s worth the trip!

Yesterday morning I wanted to make some waffles for the family before heading out to Soaring Eagle Park  (another close park) for a little trail run.  This is what I came up with…

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Apple Cinnamon Waffles   (6 servings)

Spend a little extra cash and get the good pancake & waffle mix to cut on time in the kitchen.  If there is a wheat fiber version, get it.  You won’t taste the difference and you’ll get more dietary fiber in your diet.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole organic apple thinly chopped
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons organic apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons ground organic flaxseed meal
  • 2 cups quality waffle mix (Snoqualmie Falls Lodge, if you can get it)
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon oil

Directions:

  1. Heat waffle maker.
  2. Mix all ingredients together slowly.  Note: If you mix fast, it will make them tough.
  3. Spray waffle maker w/ cooking spray.
  4. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until golden brown.
  5. Cut in half before serving.

Serve with either applesauce or 100% pure maple syrup (serve syrup on the side and dip it – a little goes a long way).

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If you are using a typical Belgium waffle maker, your serving size should only be 1/2 a waffle.  A whole waffle can be over 500 calories – not including what you put on top of it.

This recipe is healthy, but (like everything) in moderation.  It’s packed with fiber, manganese, calcium, omega-3 fats, vitamin B1, and tryptophan.  Also, apples help protect against certain cancers, helps reduce cholesterol, and are great for a heart healthy diet and for digestive health.

After eating our breakfast, it was off to Soaring Eagle for a little trail run.  It started raining, but by then I was committed to doing it. It’s a great place to try trail running, because it’s relatively flat.  Remember to go slower than you would on the pavement because of the uneven surface. Here’s a couple pictures of me chasing my husband and son.  🙂

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Last night, I did make the Whole Chicken with Vegetable Bolegnese from Giada’s new cookbook.  It was awesome!

I hope you all had an active and fun weekend as well!   If you didn’t, you can always start today – Happy Monday!!

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5 thoughts on “Pacific Northwest Trails and Apple Cinnamon Waffles!

  1. We must live near each other. I live like 5 mins from Duthie and maybe like 7 from Soaring Eagle. My family always goes to Soaring Eagle to walk the Bernese Mountain dog and the Pom. Last time we went, it was super muddy. I do like that area from their trails and I have yet to run on them yet. I don’t know where all of them go.

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