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Family Central: Vann’s Waffles

I have yet to meet a kid who didn’t like waffles. Because what’s not to like? So much more interesting than toast, plus you usually get to top them with syrup, or butter, or whipped cream, or maybe all three.

For parents, waffles, at least the frozen kind, can also be a lifesaver. They’re a quick way to get a hot breakfast in your child, without resorting to threats, and hey, they’ve got to be better than a doughnut, right? Still, all frozen waffles aren’t created equal. Case in point: Van’s Natural Foods, a company that’s been making healthier waffles for more than 40 years.

Van’s started as a little beach restaurant in Southern California. It was known for its great breakfasts, especially waffles. In the late ‘80s, the founding Van Dam family decided to take their waffles to a larger audience, and started selling them in the freezer case of local grocery stores.

More than 20 years later, the company has gone national. It has a whole family of delicious, ready-to-toast waffles, now available in the FRESH freezer case. There’s a whole-grain variety; buckwheat with berries; chocolate-chip minis; and several wheat-free and gluten-free flavors, including one with flaxseed, so family members with wheat or other food allergies, or celiac disease, can also enjoy them. They all toast up just the way you want a waffle: crunchy on the exterior, but fluffy when you bite into it.

Van’s waffles are sweetened with fruit juice or honey, so they have a pleasantly sweet taste on their own, and you won’t need to add a lot of high-sugar syrup. Instead, try offering these to your kids topped off with a little peanut butter, yogurt, sliced bananas, or mixed berries. It’s a breakfast everybody in the family can agree on.