Having problem with breakfast..

By S.H Latest Reply 2013-05-18 11:05:57 -0500
Started 2013-05-08 13:01:14 -0500

6 Bad Breakfasts for Blood Sugar
Most people already know that giant sticky buns and shiny croissants and danishes are full of
empty calories and fast acting carbs. You probably also know that pancakes, waffles, and most
breakfast cereals do a number on your blood sugar as well.
But there are also plenty of breakfast foods out there that are believed by many to be "healthy"
choices … that really aren't. Take a look.
Yes, nuts and whole grains like rolled oats are good for you in small portions but unfortunately
not when they're tossed with loads of sugar and dried fruit …
1 cup of lowfat granola with raisins (98g carbs) with 1/2 cup of fat free milk (6g carbs)
= 104g carbs
Yogurt is undeniably a healthy food, but you have to choose the unsweetened, full-fat variety to
get the benefits and keep carbs low. And toast and English muffins, even if you opt for whole
grain, are high in carbs, so it's always best to eat just half or skip entirely.
1 cup of fat free, fruit flavored yogurt (47g carbs) with 1 whole wheat English muffin (27g) and 1
tbsp fruit preserves (14g)
= 88g carbs
Picture this: A beautiful person sitting in a trendy coffee shop, eating a delicious-looking,
oversized, low fat bran muffin and a skim latte, munching on just a little plate of no-fat red
grapes. Now, check out the nutrition facts below, and picture that person's blood sugar two hours
extra large oat bran muffin: 81g
1 cup of grapes: 27g
=108g carbs
6 Bad Breakfasts for Blood Sugar, Continued
On the surface, a smoothie could be a good thing. Put some fruit and yogurt together and blend it
up — what could be so wrong with that? And there are some relatively good, lower carb smoothie
recipes out there, but the vast majority contain huge amounts of sugars from bananas and fruit
juices and sweetened yogurts. For example …
22 ounce banana berry smoothie:
=96g carbs
Those big, luscious bagels you see everywhere these days contain large amounts of refined flour -
- even when they say "mixed grain" or "multigrain" — and are chock full of carbs and devoid of
nutrition. People often mistakenly think they're doing themselves a favor by using nonfat cream
cheese and eating a high carb piece of fruit with it. Not so much!
multigrain bagel with fat free cream cheese: 71g
1 large banana = 31g
=102g carbs
For those of you saying "Awwwww! Not my oatmeal, too!" don't worry: Oatmeal is still good
food. You just have to get the right kind (and yes, keep portion sizes within reason). Old
fashioned rolled oats, Irish oats, or steel cut oats are your best choices for blood sugar control.
Instant, especially the kind with added sugar and dried fruit, is the kind you want to avoid. (And
to keep carbs lowest, add a little cream to your oatmeal, not skim milk!)
Instant oatmeal with raisins (2 packets): 64g carbs
1/4 cup skim milk: 3g
=67g carbs

8 replies

Fefe12 2013-05-11 02:40:53 -0500 Report

This is why I believe we should read, read, read labels. When you think about it no one should be eating "instant oatmeal" extra large "bran muffins", "smoothies" with an uncontroled amount of sugar and "bagels". Granola has been a culprit for years. Being healthy is a choice. One you need to make every morning.You have to take control of your food choices. Who will win, you or the food? How important is your health, your future? Do you want to walk upright or be in a chair. Its all choices. You want to know a guilty pleasure? Take a glazed donut, slice in half place two slices of bacon and a fried egg inside. Nope not done yet! Then fry in a pan till golden. Its so yummy! check out the carbs on that, you will be surprised. I only do it a couple times a year but its so worth it. Enjoy!

Rapcom 2013-05-10 21:33:55 -0500 Report

I have a question about what I like in a smoothie. I take frozen fruit like Blue berries, black berries, or strawberries. Then blend them with vanilla soy-milk. This makes a frozen milk shake. In some cases if the friut is not that sweet I will ad 1 tea spoon of honey.

Type1Lou 2013-05-09 08:40:30 -0500 Report

The key is to be aware of the carb content of everything we eat. While the full fat plain yogurt has fewer carbs per cup (6 grams) than the non-fat variety (9 grams), I choose to use the non-fat. My breakfast each morning consists of 2 pieces of Wasa Light Rye Crispbread, spread with 2 tbsps of sugar-free jam and 1/3 cup of Fage brand Plain Greek non fat yogurt. With the milk in my coffee, it comes to 30 grams of carb. It's like a crunchy, sweet, creamy little pastry but relatively low carb and works for me.

MotorCityGirl 2013-05-08 17:47:51 -0500 Report

When I was in the hospital I actually was able to eat what the hospital called an "egg muffin". I was hooked…I could have McDonalds and lose weight?? Well not so much, but I did adjust it when I got home. 2 egg whites…1 turkey sausage patty 1/2 slice of lowfat cheese (I prefer white cheese) and 2 slices of whole wheat english muffin and I am set for the day!!!!

DaveTeertstra 2013-05-18 11:05:57 -0500 Report

Eggs are really great! Some people claim you have to watch out for cholesterol but I think that's just silly because eggs have an incredible and complete set of proteins and micronutrient, so complete that you can grow a baby chick! Eggs are the perfect food for building insulin molecules! Dave

Nick1962 2013-05-08 15:10:10 -0500 Report

Excellent post and spot on! Sometimes what seems to be common sense (at least what we were led to believe it was) isn’t always so. In some cases though, you can “rescue” breakfast by adding some protein. That whole grain muffin combined with an egg and sausage balances out and slows the carbs pretty well, so depending on your need for things like potassium, an egg McMuffin might just be a better choice than a large banana. Knowing your food values is key!