Contrary to popular belief, people with diabetes aren’t restricted to special diabetic foods, and they don’t have to follow any specific meal plan. Just like anyone else, those living with diabetes should consume healthy meals that include lean protein, non-starchy vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and fruit, and should maintain diets low in saturated and trans fat, and moderate in salt and sugar.
But there are some additional things to consider at meal-time. For instance, according to a study published in 2015 in The Journal of Nutrition, for people with diabetes, eating more protein at breakfast can help stabilize blood glucose levels after both breakfast and lunch.
Check out these three protein-powered breakfast ideas that are a tasty and nutritious way to pump up your morning protein intake. Healthy hint: If you’re on Nutrisystem, count these morning must-haves as one breakfast or, if you’d rather enjoy them as snacks, one PowerFuel and one SmartCarb each (as pretty much the perfect Flex meals).
1. Vegged-Out Omelet
Prepare a small omelet using a half cup of egg whites and any of your favorite non-starchy veggies (think peppers, onions, tomatoes or spinach), then pair it with a slice of whole wheat toast. Breakfast bonus: Make sure your raw veggie add-ins amount to one cup, and you can cross off one of your veggie servings for the day!
2. Berry Good Breakfast Recipe
Mix one half cup of low-fat, reduced sodium cottage cheese with one cup of fresh berries (like raspberries, blueberries and strawberries), then top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and fresh mint.
3. PB&C Breakfast Sandwich
Toast one, 100% whole wheat English muffin, then spread one tablespoon of peanut butter across both halves. Then sprinkle with desired amount of cinnamon.
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