Breakfast and diabetes can be good and can be bad. In this article I choose to talk about the bad choices that many diabetics make and shouldn’t be making.
Of course there are the obvious like pastries, pancakes and waffles that of course shoot your blood sugar levels up where they shouldn’t be. Since these are the obvious choices we won’t dwell on these.
What I want to expose to you today are some breakfasts that we have been led to believe are super healthy but at the end of the day really aren’t. And most defiantly aren’t a good choice for diabetics.
Numbers do vary but what I have learned is that most diabetic meals should be somewhere in between 40 and 70 grams of carbohydrates
Stay Away From Smoothies
If you are non diabetic then a fresh fruit smoothie might just sound like the perfect hit the spot sort of breakfast. It sounds like one of the healthiest breakfasts that you could have.
If you think its refreshing you are very right. However, the question is, are smoothies good for diabetics? When we are talking commercial smoothies almost always they are made with a standard milk, yogurt, ice cream and flavored syrups. As a result a small smoothie can result in about 500 calories and of 90 grams of carbohydrates.
The sugars that are built up are actually quite alarming. At any time there can be sugar equivalent to 2 or 3 soda pops. Please understand I am not saying you shouldn’t indulge in a smoothie. What I am saying is you should pay close attention to what you put into them.
Bit of a tip: Make your own smoothies at home instead of buying them from the store or fast food place. Use non sweetened yogurt, low sugar fruits like berries and apples. Another great thing you can add is some vegetables because we all know vegetables are diabetics best friend.
In most cases a pot pie is somewhat low in carbohydrates. For the most part they range from 60 to 80 carbs which does fall into the healthy amount for diabetics.
However even though a pot pie in most cases is small it is usually quite high in calories, fats and salts. This gets even worse when you are talking about the frozen microwave ones.
If you look at the numbers on a KFC pot pie you will see that it has about 65 grams of carbs but the problem comes into play with the calories and everything else like 2000 milligrams of salt.
A good tip: If you are really craving pot pies head over to a local restaurant which serves them fresh in the mornings. Try to stay away from eating the entire crust and bottom. It’s okay to eat some pastry shell but if you cut that in half you are eliminating a lot of the bad stuff that diabetics want to stay away from.
Bagels Are Very Bad
For the most part bagels are listed as low in fat and are said to be one of the best diet meals around. Well that may be the case for diets but you need to know right now that stopping eating bagels is in your best choice.
Refined flours make the carbohydrates super high which in turn shoot your sugar levels through the roof. In some cases one single bagel can be as bad as eating ten slices of bread. It’s important to stay away from all bagels. Even the whole wheat and multi grain tend to be super bad for you as a diabetic.
Another thing to remember is that in most cases bagels are put together with things like cream cheeses, jams a and so forth. Basically what I am saying from a diabetic point of view bagels have absolutely no nutritional value.
A quick tip: If you insist on having a bagel then instead of cream cheese or jam spreads you should try something like an avocado spread and maybe some salmon. This will help deal with the proteins. By mixing these things together it helps to slow down digestion which in part helps to control sugar levels as well
At the end of the day if you are diabetic then the best thing you can do is stay away from bagels.
Oats in them self have some great qualities. They have been known to help in lowering cholesterol and they also help to keep blood sugars where they should be. That is if you are cooking them the right way. This means cooking the oats and adding a little fruit for sweetness.
The problem comes into play with people not having enough time or looking for more convenient forms. With that we get instant oatmeal that generally can be ready in about 2 minutes or fewer.
These packets have instant great tasting flavors however at all costs these should never come home with a diabetic. The problem is almost all of them are loaded with sugars and dried fruits. If you are diabetic you can fully and instantly see why these are terrible for you.
Tip for oatmeal: If you are ever not sure you should always go with the formula that needs real cooking like with Irish and rolled oats.
Granola does seem to be a healthy choice and in many cases it is especially when it comes with nuts and seeds and you throw a little fruit into it.
Well, the problem is that its not so great for us diabetics. Most granola is baked in butter and includes honey and syrup. Unfortunately that spells a not great breakfast for diabetics.
Simply put one cup of granola with half a cup of milk equals about 110 carbs and sorry to say that’s just a bit too many for a meal
Tip: There are a couple choices that are friendlier when it comes to diabetics. You can try muesli or wheat bran cereal.
Who Am I?
My name is Dale and just under a year ago I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. At first I thought it to be a death sentence. Once I got reading I quickly realized that yes diabetes can be a tough disease but in most cases with some effort and smart choices I could live a very normal life with this disease.
I found a lot of information by searching the internet and I did find a lot of great information. I decided since I love writing then why not start my own blog/website so here we are. I will work my butt off to make this a great site and a site that people want to come back to.
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