8 Tasty Toppings for Your Nutrisystem Waffles and Pancakes

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Nuts, Seeds or Nut Butters

  • 2 Tbsp. Chopped Nuts = 1 PowerFuel
  • 1 Tbsp. Nut Butter = 1 PowerFuel
  • 1 tsp. Seeds = 1 Extra
  • 1 Tbsp. Coconut Flakes = 1 Extra

Almonds, hazelnuts, pecans or chia seeds can all add some delicious crunch to your pancake or waffle meal. We also love the idea of using nut butters in place of sugary syrups. Just warm a little up and drizzle it on top. This is a great way to keep a healthy breakfast interesting!

Nuts and Seeds in bowls

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Yogurt

  • 1 cup Low-Fat Yogurt = 1 PowerFuel
  • 2 Tbsp. Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt = 1 Extra

To make your pancakes or waffles creamy and indulgent, add a dollop of low-fat yogurt on top! Personally, we think a scoop of Greek yogurt plus a handful of berries is the ultimate combo. Plus, yogurt happens to be an excellent source of calcium, which is important for bone health.

Greek Yogurt

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Chocolate Chips

  • 1 Tbsp. Mini Chocolate Chips = 1 Extra

If you’ve got a sweet tooth to satisfy, you might want to consider topping your pancakes or waffles with a tablespoon of mini chocolate chips. This is another option that pairs well with a dollop of Greek yogurt. Chocolate chips also mix well with various nut butters, adding both sweetness and some crunch.

Chocolate Chips

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Fresh or Dried Fruit

  • 1 cup Fresh Fruit = 1 SmartCarb
  • ¼ cup Dried Fruit = 1 SmartCarb

The Nutrisystem meal plan is flexible to fit your life. That means that you can easily slide a SmartCarb to breakfast from a different meal occasion. Making this minor adjustment will allow you to enjoy a serving of fresh fruit over your waffles and pancakes. Fresh fruit can add sweetness to your morning meal in a healthy way. We love berries, sliced bananas or coconut flakes. Or get creative and mix and match! Various dried fruits like raisins or dried papaya can mix in well, too.

Fresh fruit

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Low-Fat Whipped Cream

  • 2 Tbsp. Light Whipped Cream = 1 Extra

Another sweet addition is whipped cream. Traditional whipped cream can add an excess of fat and calories. But there are many low-fat whipped cream options that will still give you the flavor you’re looking for without derailing the health factor. You could also consider using Greek yogurt in place of traditional whipped cream as it has that indulgent flavor and creaminess you may be craving.

Berries and Low-Fat Whipped Cream

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Spices

  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon = Free Food

If you’re someone who loves cinnamon, you might want to consider sprinkling some atop of your pancakes or waffles for a burst of flavor. Cinnamon could also be an interesting addition atop of yogurt or low-fat whipped cream. Nutmeg, allspice and ginger also add a warm flavor profile to foods and could be a fun addition to pancakes and waffles. A sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice creates a fall-inspired breakfast that you’ll crave all year!

Cinnamons dried sticks on dark stone table. Cinnamon powder in white bowl on black board.

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Butter, Light Butter or Butter Spray

  • 1 tsp. Butter = 1 Extra
  • ½ Tbsp. Light Butter Substitute = 1 Extra
  • 1 spray Butter Spray = Free Food

Of course, we certainly understand that for many people, waffles and pancakes just aren’t the same without butter. Here at Nutrisystem, we believe in moderation. If you’re someone who really loves the flavor of butter on their pancakes, then go for it—just don’t totally overload them. Or perhaps you want to switch to a low-calorie butter spray that provides the buttery taste you know and crave.

Butter with a napkin.

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Syrup, Honey or Chocolate Syrup

  • 1 tsp. Maple Syrup = 1 Extra
  • 2 tsp. Chocolate Syrup = 1 Extra
  • 1 tsp. Honey = 1 Extra
  • 1 Tbsp. Sugar-Free Maple Syrup = 1 Extra
  • 1 Tbsp. Sugar-Free Chocolate Syrup = 1 Extra
  • Tbsp. Sugar-Free Honey = 1 Extra

There are many people who simply won’t enjoy their pancakes or waffles without some syrup. Again, just stick to proper portion sizes. You can also switch it up with honey or chocolate syrup. Consider using sugar-free options to save calories.

maple syrup

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Get Creative!

Finally, in addition to topping ideas, we also want to offer a fun bread substitution idea. Instead of an English muffin, bagel or toast, consider using Nutrisystem Buttermilk Waffles or Homestyle Pancakes in place of bread for a fun spin on a breakfast sandwich. You can roll up some egg and cheese in a pancake or sandwich it between two waffles for a heartier and healthier choice!

turkey waffle sandwich

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Just like the icing on cake, toppings on waffles or pancakes can be the finishing touch that makes them extra special—and even more tasty!

Take your Nutrisystem Buttermilk WafflesHomestyle Pancakes and High Protein Pancake Mix to the next level with these eight delicious topping ideas.

Just like the icing on cake, toppings on waffles or pancakes can be the finishing touch that makes them special—and even more tasty! But if you’re only thinking about traditional butter and syrup as your topping options, you’re missing out on a whole range of delicious—and healthy—opportunities. After all, typical butters and syrups are packed with sugar and fat that can detour even the most nutritious pancakes and waffles.

To help give you plenty of ideas for variety, we’ve rounded up a list of eight tasty toppings (plus a bonus idea) that you might want to consider for your Nutrisystem Buttermilk Waffles, Homestyle Pancakes and High Protein Pancake Mix. Add some extra crunch, sweetness, flavor and nutrition with these tasty pancake and waffle toppings!:

1. Nuts, Seeds or Nut Butters

Nuts and Seeds in bowls

2 Tbsp. Chopped Nuts = 1 PowerFuel

1 Tbsp. Nut Butter = 1 PowerFuel

1 tsp. Seeds = 1 Extra

1 Tbsp. Coconut Flakes = 1 Extra

Nuts, seeds, and nut butters are all hearty additions to pancakes and waffles. Almonds, hazelnuts, pecans or chia seeds can all add some delicious crunch to your pancake or waffle meal. We also love the idea of using nut butters in place of sugary syrups. Almond butter or even peanut butter can be a delicious and filling choice that totally changes the flavor factor, too. Just warm a little up and drizzle it on top. This is a great way to keep a healthy breakfast interesting!

2. Yogurt

Greek Yogurt

1 cup Low-Fat Yogurt = 1 PowerFuel

2 Tbsp. Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt = 1 Extra

To make your healthy pancakes and waffles creamy and indulgent, add a dollop of low-fat yogurt on top! Personally, we think a scoop of Greek yogurt plus a handful of berries is the ultimate combo. Plus, yogurt happens to be an excellent source of calcium, which is important for bone health.

3. Chocolate Chips

Chocolate Chips

1 Tbsp. Mini Chocolate Chips = 1 Extra

If you’ve got a sweet tooth to satisfy, you might want to consider topping your pancakes or waffles with a tablespoon of mini chocolate chips. This is another option that pairs well with a dollop of Greek yogurt. Chocolate chips also mix well with various nut butters, adding both sweetness and some crunch.

4. Fresh or Dried Fruit

Fresh fruit

1 cup Fresh Fruit = 1 SmartCarb

¼ cup Dried Fruit = 1 SmartCarb

The Nutrisystem meal plan is flexible to fit your life. That means that you can easily slide a SmartCarb to breakfast from a different meal occasion. Making this minor adjustment will allow you to enjoy a serving of fresh fruit over your waffles and pancakes. Fresh fruit can add sweetness to your morning meal in a healthy way. We think berries make an excellent fruit topping. Think sliced strawberries or a handful of blueberries, raspberries or blackberries—depending on what you like most. You might also consider sliced bananas or coconut flakes. Or get creative and mix and match! Various dried fruits like raisins or dried papaya can mix in well, too.

5. Low-Fat Whipped Cream

Berries and Low-Fat Whipped Cream

2 Tbsp. Light Whipped Cream = 1 Extra

Another sweet addition to our healthy pancakes and waffles is whipped cream. Traditional whipped cream can add an excess of fat and calories. But there are many low-fat whipped cream options that will still give you the flavor you’re looking for without derailing the health factor. You could also consider using Greek yogurt in place of traditional whipped cream as it has that indulgent flavor and creaminess you may be craving.

6. Spices

Cinnamons dried sticks on dark stone table. Cinnamon powder in white bowl on black board.

1 tsp. Cinnamon = Free Food

If you’re someone who loves cinnamon, you might want to consider sprinkling some atop of your pancakes or waffles for a burst of flavor. Cinnamon could also be an interesting addition atop of yogurt or low-fat whipped cream. Nutmeg, allspice and ginger also add a warm flavor profile to foods and could be a fun addition to pancakes and waffles. A sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice creates a fall-inspired breakfast that you’ll crave all year!

7. Butter, Light Butter or Butter Spray

Butter with a napkin.

1 tsp. Butter = 1 Extra

½ Tbsp. Light Butter Substitute = 1 Extra

1 spray Butter Spray = Free Food

Of course, we certainly understand that for many people, waffles and pancakes just aren’t the same without butter. Here at Nutrisystem, we believe in moderation. If you’re someone who really loves the flavor of butter on their pancakes, then go for it—just don’t totally overload them. Or perhaps you want to switch to a low-calorie butter spray that provides the buttery taste you know and crave.

8. Syrup, Honey or Chocolate Syrup

maple syrup

1 tsp. Maple Syrup = 1 Extra

2 tsp. Chocolate Syrup = 1 Extra

1 tsp. Honey = 1 Extra

1 Tbsp. Sugar-Free Maple Syrup = 1 Extra

1 Tbsp. Sugar-Free Chocolate Syrup = 1 Extra

Tbsp. Sugar-Free Honey = 1 Extra

Just like butter, there are many people who simply won’t enjoy their pancakes or waffles without some syrup. Again, just make smart choices. Instead of completely drenching them, just go light on the syrup and stick to proper portion sizes. And consider potentially switching it up. Honey or chocolate syrup can also be yummy and unique additions. Just a drizzle will do! You can also use sugar-free syrups to help cut down on unnecessary calories.

Get Creative with Your Waffles and Pancakes

turkey waffle sandwich

Finally, in addition to topping ideas, we also want to offer a fun bread substitution idea. Instead of an English muffin, bagel or toast, consider using Nutrisystem Buttermilk Waffles or Homestyle Pancakes in place of bread for a fun spin on a breakfast sandwich. You can roll up some egg and cheese in a pancake or sandwich it between two waffles for a heartier and healthier choice!

At the end of the day, we think that variety is the key to continuing to make healthy choices which help keep your diet on track. Simple additions like pancake and waffle toppings can make a big difference in how much you enjoy your meal! And the more satisfied you are with a healthy breakfast, the less likely you will be to take an unhealthy snack detour.