Should You Eat Breakfast If You Have Diabetes?
Updated: Feb 12, 2019
Eating a healthy breakfast is the best way to start your day, especially when you have diabetes. If your mornings are as chaotic as our family’s, you know that making time for breakfast is easier said than done.
Many people skip breakfast because they are running late, believe it is a good way to diet, or they are simply not hungry when they first wake up. Plan ahead by stocking your pantry and refrigerator with healthy, convenient items that you can prepare the night before or grab as you go out the door.
If you don’t like to eat breakfast because you aren’t hungry, try eating something small before you leave the house. For example, have a hard-boiled egg or piece of toast and then have a snack an hour or two later.
Why Is breakfast important for people with diabetes?
Eating a healthy breakfast offers the following health benefits:
Helps stabilize blood sugar levels
Lessens likelihood of low blood sugar levels if you take morning insulin or certain types of diabetes medications
Lowers cholesterol levels
Improves concentration and productivity
Increases attention span
Enhances energy throughout the day
Promotes general well-being
Helps healing and growth
What is a healthy breakfast?
Generally, a healthy breakfast contains foods from two or three different food groups, is high in fiber and includes protein and some good fat.
To get you started here are some quick and easy breakfast ideas that you can prepare in less than 10 minutes.
5 Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas
Top a whole wheat English muffin with peanut butter and half of a sliced banana. Serve with a cup of milk or unsweetened milk alternative.
Serve two hard-boiled eggs (can be prepared the night before) with whole-wheat toast topped with butter and jam. Add some orange slices to complete the meal.
Mix diced apple and chopped walnuts into overnight oats made with milk or unsweetened milk alternative.
Mix strawberries, blueberries, or blackberries with plain Greek yogurt. Top with a sprinkle of Granola, chia seeds, and sliced almonds.
Mash avocado on sourdough toast and top with a poached egg.
Check out the Recipes section of my website. There is a delicious Apple Oatmeal Protein Muffin Recipe. Let me know how you enjoyed it!
If you have diabetes or care for someone with diabetes, it can be difficult to know what the best foods are for fueling your body and managing blood glucose levels.
As a Diabetes Health Coach, I can provide you with general guidelines on how to make healthy choices while considering your individual preferences, blood sugar levels, activity level, and how your body responds to certain foods. I can help you unlock the tools to take charge of your diabetes self-management without deprivation or guilt.
Reach out to me or set up a FREE 15 minute phone consultation to learn how!