A healthy breakfast is a great way to start the day, and it’s especially important for diabetics.
Eating the right foods for breakfast can help support weight loss. This weight loss can help improve blood sugar control and your body’s insulin sensitivity.
There are plenty of diabetic-friendly breakfasts to choose from. However, you need to consider your numbers before you start cooking.
Figure out the number of carbs you should aim for per meal (this varies from person to person). Once you know your numbers, it’s time to stock the kitchen with healthy food options.
Breakfasts for Diabetics
It’s a myth that diabetic-friendly breakfasts are boring and taste bad. There are many delicious options to choose from. Take a look at the 3 listed below to get inspiration:
1. Chia Seed Pudding
Pudding for breakfast? Absolutely! This chocolate confection has chia seeds and creamy almond milk to entice those who love sweets in the morning.
If you’re ready to start your morning on a sweet note, whisk the following together:
- 1/3 cup of cocoa powder
- ½ cup of chia seeds
- 1 1/3 cup of almond milk, unsweetened
- 4 tbsp. of Stevia
- ¾ tbsp. of sea salt
Mix until smooth and cover and refrigerate overnight. Don’t forget fresh strawberries as a diabetic-friendly garnish.
2. Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Wraps
Here’s a diabetic-friendly alternative to bagels and lox. This is one iconic brunch item you can eat on the go.
Gather the following ingredients to make these wraps:
- 1 low carb flour tortilla
- 2 tbsp. of low-fat cream cheese
- 2 oz. of smoked salmon
- Red onion, to taste
- ½ tbsp. of fresh or dried basil
- Handful of arugula
- Pinch of pepper, to taste
Remember to warm up your tortilla between 2 moist paper towels to keep it from drying out.
3. Cottage Cheese Pancakes
You would think that pancakes are a carb nightmare for diabetics, but these cheese pancakes are packed with proteins and they’re low in carbohydrates. Furthermore, the oats contain a good dose of fiber that’s essential for any diabetic breakfast.
Blend the following ingredients until you get a batter consistency:
- ½ cup of oats
- ½ cup of low-fat cottage cheese
- 1/3 cup of egg whites
- 1 tbsp. of vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp. Stevia in the raw (if you want sweet pancakes)
Don’t forget the berries, peanut butter, or sugar-free jam toppings.
Start Your Day Off Right with Diabetic-Friendly Breakfasts
Breakfast ideas for diabetics are similar to everyday breakfast favorites. The next time you get a specific craving, think about how you can substitute standard ingredients for healthier ones, in order to meet your dietary needs.
Remember that you don’t need to sacrifice taste to enjoy diabetic-friendly breakfasts. You can even share these delicious alternative recipes with family members and friends who don’t have diabetes.