Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator with 17 years of experience
There is no doubt that eating a healthy and hearty breakfast gives your day the right amount of energy to start with. This is especially important for people living with diabetes.
For diabetics, it can also help to reduce your overall body weight and keep your levels of plasma glucose (the amount of glucose that is found in the liquid part of the blood) and your glucagon (a type of hormone that helps to keep your blood sugar levels in control) levels in control .
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Eating the wrong type of foods at breakfast, or worse still, not eating breakfast can be a very unhealthy habit especially for those who have diabetes. According to a study based on the follow-up sessions for 1944 people with type 2 diabetes, those who skipped eating breakfast had a 21 percent higher risk of type 2 diabetes-related complications as compared to those who ate breakfast on a daily basis .
If you’re someone who skips breakfast – because you don’t know what to eat or don’t have the time to cook in the morning – here are five easy and delicious vegetarian breakfast recipes for you:
1. Flaxseed and fruit smoothie
Flaxseeds can help to improve your fasting blood sugar levels, keep cholesterol in check lower your insulin resistance .
Courtesy: YouTube/Health And Fitness
2. Broken wheat (dalia) idli
Dalia is high in its content of fibre, magnesium, iron as well as phosphorus. It gives you energy while also helping to keep your weight in check. It is also low in its glycemic index count.
Courtesy: YouTube/Vegetarian’s Delight
3. Ragi uttapam
Ragi, or finger millet, helps to slow down the digestion process and controls your blood sugar levels. It is also rich in fibre. 
4. Chickpea pancakes
Chickpeas, or chholey, have high amounts of fibre and protein along with various vitamins and minerals. It has a very low hypoglycemic index. 
5. Masala oats
Oats are rich in beta-glucan and fibre, which can significantly reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels [6,7].
Courtesy: YouTube/EenaduIndia Food
Now that you have so many healthy breakfast options to choose from, we’re sure your day will start on a healthy and yummy note!
If you loved these recipes, here are five easy lunch recipes for diabetics that you can try out too.
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