We Love Them: Rip Van Wafels

 

Eating shouldn’t make you choose between food that’s healthy but bland to the point of boring and the stuff that’s amazingly yummy bug chock full of empty carbs and sugar. If you feel like your meals boil down to this choice, try Rip van Wafels.

Rip van Wafels super tasty wafel that was created with the nutritional needs of endurance sports athletes, such as cyclists and runners. Inspired by the traditional Amsterdam stroopwafel, but much lower in sugar (8g) while still delivering on the carbs (19g), dutchman Rip started making these in his dorm room as a college senior at Brown University.  The sugar content was lowered while still keeping enough carbs to keep your energy levels high. You get sustained fuel with out the big crash that comes with high sugar foods. Rip also added flax and removed margarine, soy and corn syrup to make a better-for-you treat with a great taste.

With each bite, you get 2 layers of crispy crunch on the outside and a soft chewy layer on the inside.

Check out the flavors Rip has to offer:
Traditional: blended with bourbon vanilla, cinnamon and molasses
Dark Chocolate Sea Salt: Big dark chocolate flavor with a bit of salt
Honey & Oats: Wholesome oats infused with fresh, organic honey

How to enjoy your Rip van Wafel:
Enjoy these as on-the-go energy fix during your busy commute or weekend travels. Enjoy these snacks the traditional Dutch way during the afternoon with coffee, or in the mornings with your favorite nut butter or with yogurt. One suggestion is to heat them over a cup of steaming coffee for 3-4 minutes, or until the steam melts the inside of the wafel to “warm and gooey perfection”.

Other cool suggestions:
Enjoy as part of your pre or post workout snack (recommended 30-40 minutes pre-workout). Add fruits, nuts or honey to ramp up up the flavor.

Here’s a few of the delicious, nutritious ingredients:
chickpea flour
wheat flour
flaxseed oil
oat flour
cinnamon
other specs – 8 grams of sugar and 130 calories, 2 grams of protein

Best of all, van Wafels don’t include artificial flavors trans fat, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup or margarine.

Rip van Wafels offers some recipe ideas below:

Honey & Oats with Neufchatel cheese and Fresh Figs
1 Honey & Oats wafel
Neufchatel cheese
Sliced fresh figs
A drizzle of olive oil
A squeeze honey

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt with mint and cacao nibs
1 Dark Chocolage Sea Salt wafel
1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
A sprinkle of cacao nibs

For more information, visit ripvanwafels.com