Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Diabetics

images-1Breakfast is undoubtedly the most important meal of the day. It is required to give you the initial kick to start your day. However, for working individuals, it sometimes becomes difficult to prepare healthy breakfast every day. This in turn has its most severe repercussion, of making people lured away by the convenient food, or the so-called ‘fast foods’. No doubt these kinds of food are real ‘time-savers’, however, saving a bit of time at the cost of your health is not a smart choice. The situation gets worse when you are affected by an illness such as diabetes.

Diabetes refers to a condition where the affected person’s pancreas secretes too less or no insulin (hormone) at all, to carry the glucose in the blood to the cells. This causes the glucose in the blood to rise to a high level. This condition, if left untreated, may lead to serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney disorders, eye disorders, and brain disorders to name a few. The most important method to maintain a control over blood sugar is following a healthy diet.

If you are diabetic, it is very important to consider the glycemic index of foods when you plan your meals. Glycemic index of the foods indicate how quickly they raise your blood sugar levels. Foods like beans, whole grains, legumes, and most fruits are low in glycemic index; whereas high carb foods like white bread and bagels have a high glycemic index.

Breakfast Ideas for Diabetics

Breakfast Idea #1

Whole wheat toast – 1 slice
Margarine spread – 1 tsp.
Egg substitute or cottage cheese – ¼ cup
Small banana – ½

Breakfast Idea #2

Whole grain toast – 1 slice
Lean ham – 1 slice
Oatmeal mixed with skimmed milk – ½ cup

Breakfast Idea #3

Whole wheat toast – 2 slices
Fat free or low fat milk – ½ cup
Small banana – 1

Breakfast Idea #4

Skimmed milk – 1 cup
Small blueberry muffin – 1

Breakfast Idea #5
Whole grain toast – 2 slices
Egg white omelet – 1
Fresh orange – 1

Breakfast Idea #6

Low fat cottage cheese – ½ cup
Whole grain bread – 1 slice
Grapefruit juice – ½ cup

Breakfast Idea #7

Lean turkey, boneless and skinless – 2 oz.
Whole grain bread – 2 slices
Skimmed milk – 1 cup

Breakfast Idea #8

Boiled egg – 1
Whole wheat toast – 1 slice
Bacon slices – 3

Breakfast Idea #9

Oatmeal – ½ to ⅔ cup
Nuts – 2 tbsp.
Skimmed yogurt – 1 cup

Breakfast Idea #10

Scrambled eggs – 2
Cheese – 1 oz.
Whole wheat toast – 1 slice

Breakfast Idea #11

Egg beaters – 1 serving
Whole wheat toast – 1 slice
Turkey bacon – 1 serving

Breakfast Idea #12

Fried egg – 1
Cinnamon swirled toast – 1 slice
Small sausage patty – 1

Breakfast Idea #13

Muesli – ½ cup
Low fat milk – 1 cup
Lean meat – 1 serving

Breakfast Idea #14

Granary bread – 1 or 2 slices
Olive oil based spread – 1 tbsp.
A mug of tea/coffee

Breakfast Idea #15
Scrambled eggs – 2
Whole-wheat bread – 1 slice
Grapefruit – ½
Fat free yogurt – ½ cup

Diabetes is one of those medical conditions that cannot be prevented, probably because it’s an idiopathic condition. However, including more of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in the diet; keeping oneself physically active, and maintaining a healthy weight minimize the risks to a great extent.