It is always crucial to keep your blood glucose levels in healthy range whatever the type of diabetes you have to deal with. What you need to start is having healthy breakfast every day. For diabetics, your breakfast should give balanced meal with enough carbohydrates, protein as well as healthy fats.
It is also recommended to keep your breakfast low in sugar, but high in fiber and nutrients. Therefore, it is important for you to know about what you are consuming for everyday. It is okay to go with cereals as long as you know what you should pick.
A bowl of cereals with whole grains
Having healthy breakfast that can be prepared instantly is as easy as having a bowl of cereal, but you need to choose carefully. It is because there are a lot of popular cereals you can find that can meet your taste but the glucose levels are quite high. Even most popular cereals made with refined grains as well as sugars. Don’t pick those cereals which only provide you few nutrients, but high calories. It also can spike the blood glucose levels for diabetics.
What we can suggest to you is read the labels carefully. You need to find cereals with the whole grain in the list as its first ingredients. For refined grains, commonly are stripped of germ and bran during the process which only makes them less healthy.
Whole grain is good because it has grain kernel as the source of healthy fiber. The most important element for a good diet is fiber since it will control the blood sugar levels and to prevent the risk of heart disease. Whole grains have a lot of minerals and vitamins.
What breakfast cereals contain whole grain?
Fortunately, the options are quite many. There are many healthy breakfast cereals for diabetics contain whole grain such as whole wheat flour, oatmeal, wheat bran, whole cornmeal, brown rice, barley, buckwheat and the last is wild rice.
We recommend you to make whole or steel-cut oats that you can keep in the refrigerator which is healthier than instant hot cereal packets. What you should do next is only heating up a breakfast portion for few minutes in microwave for every morning and you have healthy cereal.
How to choose the best low carb cereals?
The fact is there are many hidden ingredients in cereals. As it is explained by American Diabetes Association, it is important to pick cereals with 3 grams of fiber at least and not more than 6 grams of sugar per serving. It is because sugar comes with a lot of aliases
If you find three types of sugar in the top ingredients, avoid picking that cereal as your best choice such as agave nectar, brown sugar, cane crystals, cane sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, crystalline fructose, dextrose and more.
Adding whole grain cereal with nuts for more proteins
If you have chosen a whole grain cereal, it would be good if you add nuts to get more proteins. Nuts also give more texture and taste. Protein is needed to manage your blood sugar especially at breakfast as well as to manage your levels right after lunch. Other foods with high protein are Greek yogurt, eggs, unsalted nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans) are good but don’t eat them too much because they are quite high in calories.