Doctors and nutritionists alike continue to tell their patients the importance of having a well balanced and healthy breakfast, and it's true: it is going to be one of your most important meals, even if you're looking to lose weight or have a healthier lifestyle.

You don't need to have a heavy, carb-loaded breakfast every single day and there are solutions where you can still have favorites like waffles and eggs while not having to cheat on your diet. The alternative? Better recipes for things like ham, waffles, and eggs.

Did you know you can make a Denny's equivalent of a waffles, ham, and egg dish without the huge caloric intake? In fact, one serving of this recipe is only 270 calories because the waffles are replaced by whole grain waffles, the eggs are already good for you, and the ham is low sodium and not cooked in grease or butter.

The recipe calls for four servings, but you can adjust it accordingly. Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • Four slices of Canadian bacon or ham
  • Four eggs
  • Four whole grain waffles
  • Four tablespoons of sharp cheddar, shredded
  • Two tablespoons of natural maple syrup
  • Dashes of salt and pepper for taste
  • Optional parsley also for taste

Now, here's what you will need to do with your ingredients:

  • On medium heat, coat your nonstick skillet or sauté pan on medium with olive oil or equivalent cooking spray (no butter!).
  • First, cook your Canadian bacon or ham until both sides are well cooked, preferably browned and crunchy. Take off the Canadian bacon or ham from the pan and then coat the pan again with the olive oil.
  • Next, you can cook your eggs, preferably sunny side up. Let the yolks be a little runny and the whites set.
  • While you're cooking your eggs and bacon or ham, toast your whole grain waffles. Preference on how much toasting is up to you and once everything is done, top the waffles with the Canadian bacon or ham and the sunny side up egg and cheese. Use the salt or pepper or parsley for added taste.