Thursday, June 10, 2010

Diabetic Breakfast

Here is a question I recently received at

I have type 2 diabetes and am having trouble with breakfast. It seems so many breakfast foods are high in carbs. Could you give me some breakfast ideas that are diabetic friendly?

Portion control, portion control, portion control! Yes, many breakfast foods are high in carbs, but by carefully watching portion sizes and making smart choices, many of your favorite brekfast items will fit into your diabetic meal plan.

Let's take the classic milk and cereal. Milk and cereal are both carbohydrates. The idea is to eat 3/4 cup of cereal and 1 cup of milk to ensure adequate serving size. Also, by choosing a high fiber cereal, the breakfast will fill you up more than is you choose a sweetened cereal. Hot cereals are also high in fiber, but also remember to watch portion sizes. Additionally, make your own instead of buying the instant, flavored varieties.

Fruit is also a good choice, but remember to eat a small piece of fruit or cut it in half. Also be very careful about your fruit juice intake; a little goes a long way. Remember that a portion size of juice is 4 oz (1/2 cup). How big is your cup?

By making wise choices and wathcing portion sizes, you will be well on your way to eating a healthy and delicious breakfast.

PS Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for diabetics! If you do not already eat breakfast, START. There is no written rule that breakfast food items need to be eaten fro breakfast.

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