The Importance of Breakfast for People with Diabetes

February 7, 2012 at 1:10 PM | Posted in breakfast, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, low calorie, low carb | 3 Comments
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The Importance of Breakfast for People with Diabetes

A great article along with some healthy breakfast ideas from Diabetic Living On Line. You can click on the link at the end of the post to read the entire article.

The Importance of Breakfast for People with Diabetes

Eating a healthful breakfast can help control blood glucose, hunger, and weight. Breakfast is a chance to fill up on healthful fuel for the day’s activities and fit in some important food groups.

Get more mileage out of your breakfast by including satisfying fiber from whole grains and fruit and protein from low-fat dairy products and other lean protein sources. Need ideas? This slideshow will give you the basics on how to put a simple breakfast together in a snap, along with meal ideas that are already done for you — right down to the nutrition information. If you’re not hungry in the morning, start with a partial meal and build up.

Build a Balanced Breakfast

When compiling your first meal of the day, remember this simple formula:

Whole grain + dairy/protein + fruit = healthy breakfast

Include whole grains for the starch portion of your meal. This will be your main carbohydrate source. The dairy/protein digests more slowly than carbohydrate, helping you feel satisfied. And fruit is rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber — plus it’s a healthy carbohydrate source.

Each of the following breakfasts has about 45 grams of carbohydrate and is a good source of fiber and protein. BONUS! They’re all easily portable if you’re on the go.

Healthy Breakfast #1: Sausage and Cheese English Muffin

Whole Grain:
–Whole wheat English muffin
–1 teaspoon light vegetable oil spread

Dairy/Protein:
–Morningstar Farms Original vegetable sausage patty
–3/4 ounce reduced-fat cheese

Fruit:
–3/4 cup blueberries

Nutrition Information:
339 cal., 10 g total fat (4 g sat. fat), 15 mg chol., 681 mg sodium, 42 g carb., 6.5 g fiber, 21 g pro.

Healthy Breakfast #2: Cereal and Milk

Whole Grain:
–1 cup Kashi GoLean cereal

Dairy/Protein:
–3/4 cup fat-free milk

Fruit:
–1/2 cup strawberries, sliced

Nutrition Information:
226 cal., 1 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 4 mg chol., 162 mg sodium, 45 g carb., 11.5 g fiber, 19.5 g pro.

You can click the link below to read the entire article and healthy breakfast recipes:

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/nutrition/how-to-build-a-balanced-breakfast/?sssdmh=dm17.578571&esrc=nwdlo020712&email=2933188293

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  1. Breakfast is important regardless if you have diabetes or not! OMG I remember when I would always skip breakfast and just eat a bigger lunch, I cannot imagine doing that these days! I need my AM fuel because I do so much between the hours of breakfast and lunch! My brain and body need it to function!

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