Depending on when you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes during your pregnancy (most likely between weeks 24 and 28) you are going to have many weeks of watching what you eat ahead of you. If you find a meal that you like and works well with your blood sugars you may be tempted to eat it again (and again and again).
You are going to reach a point where you do not want to even think about a piece of toast with peanut butter again. And when you do, here are some ideas for a diabetic friendly breakfast:
- One piece of whole wheat toast with 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter and a glass of milk
- A bowl of cereal and milk with almonds sprinkled on top
- One egg (cooked to your preference) a piece of toast and a glass of milk
- Natural peanut butter spread on half a banana
- Egg and cheese omelet with your choice of vegetables
Go for quality foods because as you can see, meal sizes are going to be small. By combining your breakfast foods with a protein you will assist your body in processing the sugar. The added benefit of the protein is satiating for a longer period of time. If you fill up on carbohydrates (which is very easy to do at breakfast) you are going to be
hungry sooner and have a higher blood sugar for your next reading.
As breakfast is going to set the tone for the rest of the day, don’t cheat. If you have a high-sugar cereal for breakfast, your blood sugar will be elevated for the rest of the day. After indulging you will have to make up for it during subsequent meals by having less to even out your blood glucose levels.