Gestational diabetes diet: Breakfast ideas

When I first found out I had gestational diabetes I immediately started googling what I can and can’t eat, but I didn’t find many blogs sharing people’s experiences. So I’ve decided to do a little mini series of posts about what works and what doesn’t work for me, starting with breakfast.

It’s actually the most difficult meal of the day for me – partly because I don’t want to get up earlier than usual to make anything, and partly because I just love a bowl of cereal (and no matter how many times I’m told my diet doesn’t need to change dramatically, I’m not naive enough to think Crunchy Nut Cornflakes will give me a decent blood sugar reading).

Cereal, porridge and muesli are pretty much off the menu for me, especially if my fasting blood sugar is close to the limit (5.3 for me), so it’s usually a more savoury breakfast than I’m used to. We bought Joe Wickes’ Lean in 15 book for some ideas, and it’s definitely helped us to vary our meals.

I’ll do another post on quick breakfast ideas, but if you have a bit more time in the morning, this is what’s worked for me so far.

Baked eggs in avocado:

avocado eggs
Not bad for a first attempt!

I’ve just realised that I’ve only made this once even though I enjoyed it. Take an avocado and split down the middle, crack an egg into it and bake (or microwave to save time) until the egg is cooked. I added some bacon for extra protein, and it was really nice.

To contain the eggs in the avocado you need to scoop some of the inside out, and I’d recommend finding big avocados if you don’t want the egg whites all over the plate!

Avocado and egg on toast:

More avocado! Mash up half of it and spread it on toast, then top with a boiled or poached egg. I go for boiled because there doesn’t seem to be much point in going to the effort of poaching an egg if you’re not allowed a soft yolk!

I find if I go for brown seeded bread (Lidl low GI loaf is great) then I can double up and have two slices.

Fry-up:

Yep, a fry-up definitely works for me. Bacon, eggs, Quorn or Heck chicken sausages (I’m sure normal ones would be fine, but I don’t like them), beans (I stick to quarter of a tin in case there’s too much sugar), and a slice of toast. I can get away with white bread because of all the protein. You can add tomatoes and mushrooms if you like – the more veg, the better!

Not quite a full fry-up and I didn't cook the eggs enough!
Not quite a full fry-up and I didn’t cook the eggs enough!

Protein pancakes:

Pancakes are my absolute favourite breakfast food, and we always have them on special occasions. Sadly, sugar and syrup are off the cards, but these protein pancakes are the next best thing.

25g rolled oats

1 egg

1 scoop protein powder (I’ve been using cookies and cream flavour but might try chocolate next)

1 banana

Blend it all together and fry three pancakes until they’re cooked through. I have mine with plain Greek yogurt and some fruit, but reckon they’d be amazing with a bit of honey!

I’ve found that I have to think about breakfast a bit differently and go for a cooked meal, which I would never usually consider before work. Sandwich and bagel thins are great for making sure I get the carbs I need while not adding as much as full sized bread or bagels would, and anything involving egg is generally safe.

*If you fancy cutting down on carbs, I’d definitely recommend Lean in 15 for some quick and easy ideas.

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