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10 Best Breakfast Foods For Diabetics | Healthy Mind - Think Big

Hey there, readers and welcome back to another Healthy Mind - Think Big post. Time and time again, we have been reminded of the importance of breakfast. Typically, it consists of toast or cereal. However, choosing the right foods can be quite a task for diabetics. Having the right food to power through the day is important. A balanced diabetic-friendly breakfast consists of lean protein, fiber, healthy fats, and non-starchy vegetables. This also means replacing regular, everyday breakfast foods with low-sugar alternatives. Wondering which foods to choose? Greek yogurt with fruits? Oatmeal with berries? Avocado with fried eggs? Today we will talk about breakfast foods for diabetics.  

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01. AVOCADO WITH FRIED EGGS

Let’s start off with a popular breakfast choice you may have seen on social media. Avocado paired with fried eggs in the form of a salad or on top of a sandwich is not only deliciously filling, but it’s also packed with nutrients that will help stabilize blood sugar levels. The good fats and omega-3 fatty acids of avocado combine well with the lean protein of fried eggs to create a power-packed breakfast meal. They also help reduce inflammation, adding fiber and heart-healthy minerals. The best part? You can get creative with the seasoning and add the herbs of your choice. What’s your favorite avocado toast topping? Sound off in the comment section and start a conversation with our Healthy Mind - Think Big community! 

02. HUMMUS WITH WHOLE GRAIN TOAST

When it comes to breakfast for diabetics, you have to think outside the box. Hummus, which ranks extremely low in the glycemic index, is often overlooked. However, it can be a saving grace for them, as it’s a healthier alternative. Hummus is made by mashing chickpeas into a smooth, butter-like consistency and mixing it with some garlic and salt. Consisting of minimal ingredients, it’s light but still packs quite a punch. Just spread some hummus on top of whole grain toast and sprinkle some chia seeds on top for extra nutrition.

03. ROASTED VEGETABLE EGG OMELET

Vegetables and egg omelets are two really filling meals. Instead of just having a plain old egg, add some veggies! Mixing veggies adds tons of nutrients to the otherwise traditional egg. But how does it help in maintaining glucose levels? The roasted vegetables contain fiber that contributes to the slowed digestion of food, resulting in a much more stable blood sugar level. Eggs also constitute healthy protein while veggies are a source of various vitamins like K and C. Omelets are already healthy. Adding some roasted vegetables like tomatoes, broccoli, carrot, and spinach to it will add more nutritional value, and make it a more balanced meal. Delicious in taste, packed with nutrients, and wholesome, this omelet is easy to whip up. 

04. OATMEAL WITH NUT BUTTER

A bowl of oatmeal may sound basic, but that’s not the case. Diabetic or not, it’s a great breakfast option for everyone! Who doesn’t want to start their day feeling full and active? A wholesome bowl of oatmeal topped off with organic nut butter will keep you active throughout the day. The soluble fiber that is packed in oats not just lowers cholesterol levels and protects heart health, but also reduces glucose absorption. This means that the fasting blood sugar tends to remain stabilized. The combination of oatmeal and nut butter improves digestion and fills up antioxidants, which will improve your skin and hair. 

05. GRILLED PEANUT BUTTER AND STRAWBERRY JELLY SANDWICH

Eating sweets is an absolute no-go for people with diabetes. But not anymore! Starting your day on a sweet note just got sweeter! Organic sugar-free peanut butter on whole wheat bread topped off with a small amount of strawberry jam is the perfect recipe for your breakfast. The base is made of whole grains and contains a good amount of fiber that slows the breakdown of food. The peanut butter layer gives you a ton of nutrients including vitamins, calcium, manganese, and much more. The jelly is simply to add some taste while keeping the blood sugar level stable. This combination of foods, when eaten together, creates a healthy diabetic friendly meal. 

06. BERRY SMOOTHIE

Looking for a time-saver? Mixing up a berry smoothie is a nutritious and delicious way of kick-starting the day. Blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, and raspberry are known for their awesome health benefits. It keeps you mentally sharp with nutrients called anthocyanins. A glass full of berries is loaded with antioxidants that increase immunity and gets rid of toxins in the body. When it comes to diabetes, this smoothie also fights off inflammation, a major contributor to diabetes. To pack some extra nutritional value and make it extra-filling, add some unsweetened Greek yogurt, banana, and a little spinach. Drink up! 

07. SWEET POTATO HASH

Sweet potato fries are huge! Sweet potato hash is also a healthy alternative to regular potato hash. Being low on the glycemic index, eating it guarantees no rise in your blood sugar level. The orange color is because of the presence of carotenoids, known for lowering the risk of developing cancer! You can eat it as a side dish for your breakfast or substitute it with your favorite potato dish for a healthier version. You can prepare it easily by combining grated sweet potato with delicious herbs and spices, and then baking it in an oven.

08. WHOLE GRAIN CEREAL

Eating cereal while living with diabetes is not a good idea. Sure, it’s very cheap, quick to prepare, and requires no recipe whatsoever. Regular cereal contains large amounts of sugar, which are bad for blood sugar levels. Whole grain cereals contain rich amounts of fiber and protein without unhealthy artificial sweeteners. Replacing regular flour with whole grain will lower the risk of stroke and other heart-related problems. If losing a few pounds is your goal, regular workouts are the secret along with switching to whole grains. To add texture to a whole-grain cereal, you can add pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, or coconut shavings! 

09. CHIA SEED PUDDING

The saying ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ applies to chia seeds. These gluten-free, vegan-friendly seeds are a perfect addition to your breakfast. Not only do they add an earthy, nutty flavor to water, puddings, and salads, but they also keep the stomach full until it's time for lunch. Chia seed pudding is the perfect healthy breakfast meal loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein and is a favorite among vegans. These nutritionally dense seeds have a positive effect on glucose levels since it promotes a slow release of carbohydrates. This means that the fasting blood sugar remains stable while filling the body with nutrients you need to stay active throughout the day. 

10. EGGS AND LENTILS ON TOAST

Eggs have always been regarded as a superstar breakfast food. Diabetic or not, they’re the go-to choice for a quick, healthy breakfast. However, just eggs are not enough, you need something else to balance out, not just the taste, but the nutritional value. Although lentils are not one of the most famous choices for breakfast, they have good reason to be among the top choices. Lentils are an immediate source of fiber and protein, two ingredients needed to build muscles and stay lean. Inexpensive and prepared quickly, eggs, lentils, and toast will quickly become your favorite breakfast. 

Breakfast has to be one of the most neglected foods in the world. People either ignore it or don’t devote much time to preparing it. Skipping breakfast is not an option for diabetes patients. To make the most of your eating habits, a diabetic also needs to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle. Also, check out these other diabetic-friendly foods. 

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