This $4.99 freezer find helps me whip up breakfast in less than 1 minute.

As a mom, breakfast has always been difficult for me. The morning to-do list is never-ending: make lunches, fill water bottles, help finish homework assignments, oh, and feed the kids breakfast! My personal needs get put on the back burner—if you see me in my pajamas at the bus stop, you know what I mean.

However, I never give up my coffee. As my seven-year-old says, “Grown-ups need coffee to survive.” I have taught him well. That said, my bad habit of skipping breakfast but slurping my coffee first thing in the morning leaves me feeling groggy, sluggish, and irritable by 9 a.m. I eat eggs around lunch, but I need to find something to get my protein fix. Completed in the first day. Added something to my already chaotic mornings with minimal fuss and tidiness.

Luckily, I found these Banza Blueberry Protein Waffles just in time — right before my newborn arrived. Two things really got me through those early days with a new baby in the house: my morning coffee and these waffles coming out of the toaster at the ungodly hour of 5am.

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Why I Love Banza Blueberry Protein Waffles

These waffles provide the protein I need first thing in the morning with minimal effort. I can make them in minutes with one hand — a must for the newborn stage! — and they keep me full and satisfied until lunch.

If I'm in a real crunch, I eat them plain, but I like to either drizzle them with pure maple syrup or spread a little almond butter on top for an extra protein boost. Two waffles have 10 grams of protein, which is just what I need to kick my day off on the right foot. These waffles are made with chickpeas so they have twice as much protein, 50% less sugar, and three times as much fiber as most waffles in the freezer aisle.

The best part is that my kids love them too. We've tried other protein waffles in the past that have been a big flop in this house. The texture was sweet and crisp and the taste was, to put it kindly, awful. Because these waffles get their protein from chickpeas, they don't have the nasty protein powder that tends to leave similar products behind.

They crisp up beautifully in the toaster but stay fluffy on the inside. I recommend baking them twice on the lowest setting of your toaster or toaster oven for maximum texture.

The waffles come six to a pack for $4.99 and I can find them at my local Whole Foods. If you can't find them at your nearest retailer, they are available for purchase directly from the Banza website.

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