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Quick Breakfast Ideas For Diabetics

Updated on May 11, 2013

Remember the saying, "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day?" That saying is especially true for a diabetic. A diabetic has to eat breakfast to stabilize blood glucose levels and not drop low or go to high in the morning. Also try to eat meals on a schedule to help control my blood sugar levels.

A breakfast includes a healthy carbohydrate and a protein. Most traditional breakfast foods are too high in carbohydrates for a diabetic to eat. Also stay away from refined sugars (such as high sugar cereals, white breads, pastries, doughnuts) as they are converted into glucose so fast they cause blood glucose levels to increase quickly and soar high, way too high. No one wants to start the day with a spike in their blood glucose level or have roller coaster blood glucose levels at the start of the day (high low high low) which wipes a person out and one just wants to go back to bed.

Most workday mornings there usually is not time to cook a big elaborate breakfast. There are mornings when you don’t feel like eating anything heavy. Some mornings we all run late and need a quick breakfast. Some mornings we oversleep and need a quick breakfast. Even when in a rush good breakfast choices are a must: healthy carb, lean meat, whole grains, and correct portion sizes.

Quick Breakfast Ideas

Here are some healthy ideas for quick breakfasts for diabetics and some breakfast ideas to add verity to your breakfast.

  • A wedge of low-fat cheese, boiled egg, grapes or cherries.
  • Whole wheat toast with peanut butter and sugar-free jelly and a low-carb or light yogurt.
  • Whole wheat crackers and low-fat cheese, apple wedges.
  • Light string cheese and an apple.
  • Turkey sausage links, light string cheese, light yogurt (yogurt tubes are fun).
  • Turkey sausage patty, low-fat cheese slice, whole wheat toast, light yogurt, juice. Make an open face breakfast sandwich of turkey sausage patty with cheese on top.


What about juice? I do drink juice. The best juice I have ever tasted is Ocean Spray Diet Grape Juice. The Ocean Spray Diet Juices have 2 carbs in 8 ounces. A great low-carb juice choice and it’s a great tasting juice. I also drink Tropicana Trop 50 orange juice which has 13 carbs in 8 ounces and the Tropicana Pomegranate Blueberry with 11 carbs in 8 ounces. The choice to drink a lower carb juice is between you and your meter. It is true that diabetes and juice don’t play well together on a daily basis. Be aware of your blood glucose levels and check with your meter to see what effect the lower carb juices have when included with a meal.

More Quick Breakfast Ideas

  • A handful of nuts (almonds is good) and fruit (peach, apple, or an orange).
    The nuts will help you feel full and the fruit adds fiber and sweetness to your morning.
  • If you need a super-fast breakfast grab a Boost Glucose Control drink. They taste similar to the instant breakfast powders that are added to milk but is lower carbs.
  • A lean meat with cheese, roll up for a quick breakfast. Add an apple.


Cinnamon Butter Spread Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons light unsalted butter, room temperture
  • 1-2 teaspoon cinnamon, to your taste
  • Sugar substitute equal to 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 pack splenda


  1. Use a fork to soften the butter. Add cinnamon and sweetener and mix. Spread on tortillas, toast, flax muffins. Note: You can soften butter in the microwave about 20-30 seconds. Keep a close watch on it or it will become liquid.
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Flax Seed

Flax Seed Muffins or Nancy’s Minute Vanilla Cake
Sausage Paddy
Fruit (berries) or sugar-free jam/jelly
If you like the taste of flax seed the 1 minute microwave flax muffin recipe is quick to make and pops right out of the container you fix it in. You can add a little sweetener to the recipe.

Low Carb Muffin
Make up a batch of low-carb muffins with almond flour/almond meal and freeze them, then leave one out the night before to defrost. Top with your favorite topping—cream cheese, yogurt, smart balance spread, cinnamon butter.

Wraps For Breakfast

Move outside the confines that a specific food is for breakfast. Think about non-breakfast items for your morning meal.

Eat leftovers from yesterday’s dinner for breakfast.

Use low-carb taco shells or low-carb/high fiber tortillas to create quick breakfast sandwiches.

Make a wrap with a low-carb/high fiber tortilla, spread with cinnamon butter and top with chopped walnuts.

Fill the low-carb taco shells or create a wrap from low-carb/high fiber tortillas with salmon sandwich spread or tuna salad.Make a wrap with low-fat cream cheese, black olives, chunky salsa.

Whole wheat or low-carb pita stuffed with low-fat cottage cheese and fresh fruit. Don't like cottage cheese try substituting peanut butter and fruit (apple) or a sugar-free fruit spread.

Look to what you like to eat at other meal times, maybe they'd work for a quick breakfast too. Remember when eating different foods to test your blood sugar often to see which foods will work or will not work for you.


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    • PippiPi profile image

      Pippi Pi 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks. Glad you found the breakfast ideas helpful.

    • Daddy Paul profile image

      Daddy Paul 4 years ago from Michigan

      Some good ideas here.