Breakfast as they say, is the most important meal of the day. That is especially true for diabetics. As with all your meals you want to eat the right combination of protein, carbs and fat. Here are a number of good diabetic breakfast ideas to get your day off to a winning start. Remember with all meals the overarching factor is in managing your blood sugar levels. It is important to note that type 1 and type 2 diabetic’s breakfasts may vary slightly.
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Strawberry/ blueberry smoothie. Berries are great and full of antioxidants. A delicious strawberry or blueberry smoothie is a great way to start the day. Throw in some protein powder for an extra kick and to keep you full for longer. I use reduced fat yoghurt and a dollop of honey, add some nuts to add an extra dimension. Test your blood sugar after this one as it does have some sweeteners and fruit which has high natural sugar content. If you want information on the absolute best smoothie/ juice/ soup maker, take a look at this post
Eggs on toast one of my absolute favourites. Full of protein and some carbs for energy. Go for a grain or seed bread (the darker the better) and a light covering of low fat butter. Some cracked black pepper and salt and you will be enjoying a healthy diabetic breakfast in less than 10 minutes. Sprinkle some garlic for extra bite.
Reduced sugar baked beans on toast. If you can give me a meal more rich in fibre then I would love to hear about it! Fibre limits the impact of carbs on the body and aids the digestion process. Beans are one of the best foods you can put inside your body. Again go for grainy or seeded bread, the darker the better.
Fruit salad with yoghurt. Fruit is good for you but has plenty of natural sugar content. Yoghurt is low GI but some yoghurt have more added sugar than others. I recommend fruit salads for overall health and weight loss, just remember to test your blood sugar levels.
Chai with cinnamon is delicious and good for diabetics. Cinnamon is one of nature’s super foods and has been linked with lower blood sugar levels.
Porridge is great in winter and has plenty of protein. Add some reduced fat milk and a dollop of honey to taste. There are a few carbs in this diabetic breakfast so be sure to check your blood sugar levels shortly after. Of all the breakfast cereals out there I have porridge on top.
Bacon & eggs is a weekend treat that I enjoy. Not the best if you are a diabetic looking to lose weight. I put this under diabetic breakfast ideas because it is full of protein. Just remember to cook the bacon well and lay it on a paper towel after it is cooked. This will lower the fat levels. Even go for lean ham as a healthy alternative.
I tend to stay away from breakfast cereals, especially the high sugar ones. That is not to say I dont eat them at all. I only allow myself to eat them sporadically. I usually need an extra shot of insulin to cover the carbs and the sugar content. The same is true for banana bread and full fat muffins.
As usual if you have any thoughts or diabetic breakfasts you think I should add, please leave a comment below!