Being diabetic is difficult. You have to be vigilant with your medications. You need to be aware of the dosage of your medicine and the time you need to take it. But this goes with many types of illness and diseases. What makes having diabetes even more difficult compared to other conditions is that you need to be cautious of the food you take. You have to be careful with the type of food you eat because not all kinds of food and drinks are safe for a diabetic. Most foods, in fact, are not suitable for diabetics. So, to help out those with diabetes, here are some breakfast ideas for diabetics.
Keep in mind that when you have diabetes, you need to be aware of your blood sugar level. Sugar can come in different forms. One is through carbohydrates. Eating carbohydrate-rich foods increase your blood sugar level. But you can control this by controlling the amount of food you eat. To keep your blood sugar level within the normal range, be sure to include carbohydrate-containing foods to your breakfast every day. The American Diabetes Association suggests 45 to 60 grams of carbohydrates at each meal.
Cereals are a good source of carbohydrates. And they come in different varieties making your breakfast experience exciting. You can enjoy cereal hot or cold. Hot cereal is a great breakfast idea, especially during cold days. A half cup of any hot cereal, including oats, farina, and grits, contains 15 grams of carbohydrate. Adding some milk and fruits increases the carbohydrate content of your meal. It also makes your breakfast even more delicious and nutritious. An example would be a cup of cooked oatmeal with some strawberries and skimmed milk. This gives you the right amount of carbohydrates you need.
Cold cereal may also be enjoyed during breakfast. Just be sure to choose unsweetened cereals and not those highly commercial breakfast cereals filled with sugar. A three-quarter cup serving of unsweetened whole-grain cold cereal with 1 cup of skim milk plus a slice of whole wheat toast smothered with a teaspoon of margarine is enough to fall within the 45-to-60-gram range suggested by the American Diabetes Association.
If you have trouble eating breakfast, then drink it instead. A breakfast smoothie is another way to enjoy your breakfast and still have all the nutrients, particularly the carbohydrates, you will need. Simply blend a cup of fat-free milk or plain non-fat yogurt with some strawberries, bananas, or blueberries. Throw in a teaspoon of wheat germ and a teaspoon of nuts. Add some ice and blend for a chilling and filling breakfast. If you worry about the time, prepare the ingredients the night before. Measure them out at night so that when you wake, all you have to do is throw in the ingredients. You can also have this on the go if you are in a hurry.
Eggs and Toast
Eggs and toast are a staple breakfast food to many people. And they can also be a staple food even to diabetics if you know how to cook your eggs and toast. Eggs are a good source of protein. But if you don’t know how to cook them in a healthy way can make them a good source for cholesterol and fats. This does not mean that you have to cook your eggs in an elaborate way. Simple scrambled eggs are enough. Just cook the egg in a non-stick pan with cooking spray. Combine this with a slice of whole-grain toast topped with some butter substitute, sugar-free jam, or low-fat cream cheese.
You may also prefer your eggs as a sandwich. Simply cook an egg omelet style and place it in on a whole-wheat toasted English muffin. You can add a slice of fat-free cheese and enjoy it on the go with a medium banana. If you are concerned about your cholesterol level, limit your egg intake to two eggs per week. And just use the egg whites or egg substitutes instead. You can also enjoy this sandwich with a bagel instead of an English muffin. But choose a 2-oz. bagel to limit your carbohydrates.
Pancakes, pancakes, pancakes! These fluffy and easy-to-cook are children’s favorite. And it can also be a diabetic’s favorite breakfast dish. Here is a recipe for diabetic blueberry-bran pancake. And all you need are the following:
• 1 cup bran cereal
• 1 egg
• ¼ cup buttermilk or milk
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• ½ teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• ½ teaspoon salt
• ½ cup fresh or frozen and thawed blueberries
Once you have all the necessary ingredients, it’s time to get cooking. Just crush the cereal if you like. Beat the egg in a medium bowl. Add in the buttermilk, oil, and cereal, and let the mixture stand for about 5 minutes or until the cereal softens. Add in the rest of the ingredients, excluding the blueberries, and beat in the mixture with a fork or a wire whisk. Then gently stir in the blueberries. Heat the griddle or the skillet to medium heat or to 375 degrees. You may grease the griddle if necessary. Pour in about a quarter cup of batter into the griddle to make one pancake. (If the batter is still too thick, you may add in more milk until the desired consistency). Cook the pancakes until they puff and are full of bubbles but before the bubbles start to pop. Turn and cook the other side.
This recipe makes 10 servings. One serving is one pancake. One serving contains 19 grams of carbohydrates so limit your intake to at most 3 pancakes. These blueberry-bran pancakes are perfect for the weekends to share with family and friends.
Bagels are easily one of the best breakfast foods when you’re in a hurry. They are easy to prepare and can be eaten while you are on your way to school or to work. However these bagels are pretty notorious with their huge size. So instead of eating the entire bagel, scoop out some of the doughy center out or slice it in half. Add more flavor to your bagel with sugar-free jam or fat-free cream cheese. Also, be sure to choose a whole-grain variety.
French toast is a good way to enjoy your bread. And French toast made of whole-wheat bread, skim milk, and egg whites is a healthy breakfast idea for diabetics. Two slices of whole-wheat French toast with 2 tablespoons of light pancake syrup and a cup of skim milk to drink creates a perfect carbohydrate-balanced meal.
Judging by its name, you might think that this is too difficult to prepare for breakfast. But this dish is, in fact, among the easiest to whip up. Simply slice a bran muffin or any high-fiber muffin into halves. Fill it with some berries and add a dollop of non-fat or low-fat yogurt. It’s simple and quick to prepare.