Help with Breakfast Suggestions

By MEGriff1950 Latest Reply 2011-11-14 19:08:36 -0600
Started 2011-11-12 13:07:08 -0600

I eat hot cereals with fruit, regular fried breakfasts, sometimes hotcakes or scones. Many times I will eat dinner leftovers for breakfast. I do not like yogurt.
I know there is a recipe section but what I am wanting is some good ideas for diabetes friendly breakfast.
Mary T2

43 replies

chetsgirl 2011-11-14 06:45:20 -0600 Report

I found that eating 1 tsp cinnamon on my food helps keep my diabetes under control. A lot of people think it is crazy, but I have lowered my sugar quite a bit. I also use coffee grounds when I am fixing my meat in the oven. I put 3 tbsp on the bottom of the pan, put in the other seasonings, then my meat then sprinkle more coffee grounds and seasoning then bake my meat. I thought it was weird when I first started using cinnamon, but when the doctors told me that my blood sugar was reaching normal range more often, they said to continue doing what I was to lower my blood sugar. I hope you will give it a try.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-14 18:11:47 -0600 Report

Cinnamon is great for helping our blood sugars. I take a 1000mg capsule at every meal.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-14 19:08:36 -0600 Report

Mickey it is great to hear when people have success with natural vitamins and supplements. Frankly I would swallow a pill based on natural ingredients them something that was over processed in a lab.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-14 07:47:08 -0600 Report

Hello Chets Girl, No cinnamon is not weird. I have read a lot about it and it sounds best to use it ground in or on foods. I even toyed with the idea of taking cinnamon capsules but for a wee bit of a problem. I am allergic to cinnamon. The common reaction to it is when eaten it makes my mouth dry and it is on fire for a day or two. I can eat 2 cinnamon rolls a month, I love cinnamon too. Since my mouth will crack and bleed when I overdo the cinnamon I am afraid of what the capsules would do to my stomach.
I am interested in the coffee grounds. Does this help to make the meat more healthy in any way? Or is it done for the flavor? I would love to try this with my next roast.

robertoj 2011-11-14 04:42:35 -0600 Report

If you enjoy oatmeal steel cut is the best way to go. They take 30 minutes to cook but you can cook them overnight in a slow-cooker.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-14 07:52:04 -0600 Report

Thanks Roberto, I live in a small rural area and finding speciality foods is hard. I did some research on the nutritional differences between the rolled oats and the steel cut. It is very highly controvercial to say the least. After reading many sites the general idea is that nutritionally there is not much difference between the two. When I cook my rolled oats I do not boil the death out of them. I use twice a many oats as the box calls for and when they come to a boil I turn the heat off and let them sit on the burner for at least 5 minutes. I like them kind of half cooked like this and not mushy.

RAYT721 2011-11-13 19:28:37 -0600 Report

My suggestion is to eat what you like and what likes you. The word "breakfast" comes from breaking of the fast. There is no need to follow a menu plan that includes foods you don't like. As long as you like what you have (and your body likes it), go for it. You don't have to have cereal, bacon and eggs, waffles or pancakes or yogurt. I usually start my morning with yogurt and/or an Atkins bar and then later in the morning switch to fruit and/or cottage cheese or a protein shake. Keep your eyes on the calories, carbs, sodium, protein, vitamins, etc for the food or recipe labels and you'll find meal planning will get easier in time. I usually eat 5-6 x a day but I've learned to swap healthier ingredients than my younger years. Whatever I am doing is working for me. I've dropped 30 pounds and kept it over for around a year now. I believe not only in setting goals … but reaching them!

nzingha 2011-11-14 05:45:01 -0600 Report

love that opening sentence… eat what u like and what likes u… because thats just it… we r all different…i belive too that i am going to look for a doc who has diabetes cause those who dont really dont seem to understand whats going on in our bodies… i know more than they do…lol!

2011-11-13 19:00:14 -0600 Report

Good luck MeGriff. I've been searching fro a diabetic friendly meals for years!! I have yet to find any. If you find any, please post!!

MEGriff1950 2011-11-13 19:44:43 -0600 Report

I am doing well with my meal plan. I was just hoping for some other breakfast suggestions. Sometimes my breakfast will be left over chili or bean soup. Those are great and work well with the controls that I have achieved. As I mentioned before I use Glucerna shakes for lunch most days. My dr approves of this because they are designed for diabetic nutrition. All kinds of breads no matter how healthy spike my sugar so they are not included in my meal plans. I cannot eat any kind of rice either. I am not a dairy lover except for eggs but they get boring.

Young1s 2011-11-13 18:09:43 -0600 Report

I try to mix it up because I hate eating the same thing over and over again. Some mornings it's scrambled eggs, sausage, wheat toast and a cup of tea. Some mornings it's cereal or oatmeal with fresh fruit and a cup of tea. Then some mornings it's a whole wheat Thomas' Bagel Thin (or half of a regular bagel) with low fat peanut butter, fresh fruit and a cup of tea. As I read the other responses I am getting some other great ideas. Like, I need to look into finding a good protein or whey shake because I need a morning beverage change. I used to drink juice with breakfast but it sends my levels through the roof.

I am curious though. What does wheat germ and flaxseed taste like and how do you prepare them. I have never used either of these before.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-13 18:30:05 -0600 Report

I take my flaxseed in capsule form. I don't think I will opt for a whey protein shake because I am drinking Glucerna shakes for lunch about 28 days or more a month. I think you can find both wheat germ and whey in capsule form also.

Young1s 2011-11-13 18:35:11 -0600 Report

Good to know. Thanks. Although I am already taking four supplements a day along with my D meds. I think I may be all pilled out.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-13 18:38:22 -0600 Report

4 a day is all? OMG I take so many who needs food LOL I am taking 39 vitamins and supplements a day. Some are dr recommended others I take because I have researched them.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-13 21:13:58 -0600 Report

LOL I have been doing a lot of research into natural ways to try to get off of some of my medications. What I find is that there is not magical help but I am doing better with many of them.

Type1Lou 2011-11-13 17:46:33 -0600 Report

I have the same breakfast every day Mary…true, it's boring but it suits me. You could substitute the yogurt I use with either cream cheese or cottage cheese or even peanut butter. I lightly toast 2 slices of Wasa Light Rye crisp bread (14 grams carb) top it with 2 tablespoons of sugar-free Polaner jam (10 grams carb) and top that with 1/3 to 1/2 cup of Fage Plain Greek Yogurt (3 to 4.5 grams of carb.) It's crunchy, sweet and creamy…sort of my diabetic pastry. With the milk in my coffee, it comes to 30 grams of carb. I can't wait to go to bed to wake up again and have it!

nzingha 2011-11-13 17:15:09 -0600 Report

cooked Oates ..half cup, add some raisins and/o almonds and a fruit…

Type1Lou 2011-11-13 17:38:03 -0600 Report

Raisins and oats would put my blood sugar through the roof!

nzingha 2011-11-13 19:52:00 -0600 Report

whooops… c we all react differently to different foods

MEGriff1950 2011-11-13 19:56:23 -0600 Report

Yes we are Nzingha. I can eat a cup of oatmeal with 1/2 cup of berries ok with a little spike. Just do not make me eat raisins LOL. Oatmeal is such a good source of fiber and the berries are good anti-oxidents so a little spike for me is outweighed by the nutrition.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-13 21:11:52 -0600 Report

Almonds are a great food for diabetics. I like almonds but can only eat softer nuts because of diverticulosis. I save those for snacking if I get hungry between meals.

nzingha 2011-11-14 05:43:11 -0600 Report

thnk god i have started to get these kinna illnesses from the 'beast'.. but it surly wants to get at my legs.. constantly weak and have these weird sensations from time to time… but i am fighting it!

Dixiemom 2011-11-13 12:01:35 -0600 Report

Eggs and sausage. We use vegetarian sausage by Morning Star. . Oatmeal, and I sprinkle flaxseed meal on it or wheat germ. I also use the weight lifters protein drinks which nare hi protein, lo sugar and lo carbs.

Patty0057 2011-11-12 22:07:04 -0600 Report

I also found some whole wheat pancake mix as well as whole wheat frozen bagels. You could also try smoothies.

Patty0057 2011-11-12 22:05:05 -0600 Report

I find that having a protein with breakfast helps. I love turkey bacon. Some days my breakfast is a 1/2 cup of fiber one cereal with 3 bacon slices. I also like omelette too.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-12 20:33:30 -0600 Report

I have a hard time with this also. Because of my schedule, I only eat breakfast on the days i work and the days i don't it's more like lunch! And i don't like oatmeal, never have. I have started cooking jenny-o turkey sausage links or patties and splitting them in two's. Then i make a hard boiled egg and maybe some yogurt and or some fresh fruit. That helps mix it up some. Was thinking of trying some kind of breakfast burrito that i can just pop in the micro at work. Have to find a wrap that won't spike me.
Sorry, I'm just go on and on! Hope you get something worked out! Blessing, Mickey

kimcavett 2011-11-12 21:34:23 -0600 Report

they do have whole grain tortillas

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-12 21:41:38 -0600 Report

I have been looking and the wraps i have come across are all pretty high in carbs! And not good ones! I must be looking in the wrong places!

hillwalker 2011-11-13 17:58:35 -0600 Report

mission makes some called carb balance they net at 8 grams for a large burrito the texture is different not as brittle

Kirla 2011-11-12 19:03:30 -0600 Report
This is an article I read a while ago. I was already drinking a low carb high protein shake drink every morning before reading the article. I have been doing this for over 2½ years now. When first diagnosed I tried oatmeal for breakfast. Soon learned it spiked my blood sugar over 100 points 2 hours after eating it. I used a TVP oatmeal meal I found a recipe for on It was better than the oatmeal. But I soon found that drinking a protein shake first thing when I got up only spiked my blood sugar about 20-30 points most morning. My second meal a light snack about 2 hours later will only spike my blood sugar about 10 points. I only eat I serving of sunflower seeds along with a cup of coffee and sometimes I eat a hard boiled egg. This works for me in helping to keep my blood sugar under control. I recommend you read the article.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-12 19:10:58 -0600 Report

Thank you Kirla. I did read somewhere that Whey Protein is great for us. Lol, I was going to mention that Carol said something about the Whey Protein below but she did also mention that you had talked about it.

Caroltoo 2011-11-12 13:31:54 -0600 Report

Hi, Mary,

Our roads are a bit different since you are using meds and I'm not, but perhaps you could adjust these thoughts to fit whatever your nutritionist/doctor thinks is the important balance for you between the protein, fat, and carbs. My personal perception is that carbs sneak into my menus much too easily, so I focus more on the choices of proteins and good fats like olive oil, avocados, nuts, and such.

1. Omelet cooked in olive oil with a variety of sauteed veggies and a low fat cheese, toast of whole grain type bread (if you can tolerate this), small piece of fruit, and hot drink of your choice.

2. Egg cooked in olive oil, with side serving of asparagus and fruit.

3. High protein leftovers from previous night, balanced with light carb choices. This morning I had a bowl of chicken from last night and added a side of grape tomatoes.

4. Sometimes I cook up a bed of greens (spinach, bok choy, chop suey mix, etc.) and steam an egg on top of it, then add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Other Times, I mix all this up in an omelet and add feta cheese.

5. Kirla and dietcherry have recommended a whey shake. I've used this successfully when I was in a hurry or had a BG spike that I wanted to bring down quickly. I've started using 1/2 scoop in my morning coffee in place of the mocha flavoring which I used t love, but had to give up because it caused spikes.

FYI: I'm not a yogurt fan either, but I have recently found a Greek yogurt with pomegranate flavoring that I actually like and it does have lots of calcium.

Good luck. Hope there is something in these thoughts that may give you an idea that fits for you.


MEGriff1950 2011-11-12 13:52:36 -0600 Report

Thank you Carol for your suggerstions I will keep them in mind. I do use Glucerna shakes for meal replacement usually for lunch. I like to get a decent breakfast to start my day.

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