5 Things You Need to Know About Diabetic Breakfast Recipes

1. The American Dietetic Association

When many newly diagnosed people are told that they have diabetes, the first thing they think is, “I’ll never be able to enjoy eating again.” Nothing could be further from the truth. The American Dietetic Association has recently released new guidelines concerning recommended foods for diabetics. You may be pleasantly surprised to learn that even though you have diabetes, you can still eat an interesting and balanced diet. The important thing to keep in mind is how many carbohydrates and sugars you’re eating. Carbohydrates are contained in starches such as bread, cereal, rice, pasta and beans. Sugars are typically found in a variety of foods, including milk, fruit, juices and desserts.

2. The Most Important Meal of the day

You’ve heard it said before: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And if you are a diabetic, it’s even more important that you start the day out with a quality source of energy–one that will not adversely affect your blood glucose level. Skipping breakfast will negatively affect your attention span and ability to concentrate at work or in school. But, be careful to adhere to the same guidelines that you practice for all of the other meals you eat during the day.

3. Great Choices for Breakfast

If you’re newly diagnosed with diabetes, you may ask yourself, “What are good choices for breakfast?” To help you get started, try picking up a copy of “Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy” by Hope Washaw. The book includes sample breakfast meal plans, updated ADA nutrition recommendations and the United States Government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

4. Using the Food Pyramid

Another great way to learn about interesting recipes without following a cookbook is to visit the American Diabetes Association website and learn about their food guide pyramid, rating your plate, exchange lists and carbohydrate counting. Armed with this information, you can come up with your own tantalizing breakfast ideas.

5. Nontraditional Approaches to Traditional Recipes

One of the realities that you’ll soon learn as a diabetic is that you’ll probably need to make some adjustments to the type of foods you used to enjoy eating for breakfast. Traditional pancakes loaded with maple syrup are out. Simple, processed foods like donuts should be a thing of the past. But it’s not all bad news. By following the guidelines recommended by the American Diabetic Association, you can still enjoy whole grain foods, lean meats, low-fat milk and dairy products, calorie-free beverages and other foods that are high in sugar and calories–recipes like Baked Apple Pancakes, Banana Raisin Wheat Muffins, Cran-apple Oatmeal, Pumpkin Pear Waffles and Morning Rush-hour Burritos.

About this Author

Allen R. Smith is a freelance writer living in Vail, Colorado. He earned his Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology and his Exercise Specialist certification with the American College of Sports Medicine at San Diego State University. He has extensive experience working with individuals at high risk for cardiovascular disease.