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How to use the Diabetes Plate Method at breakfast

By Lara Hamilton, RD, CDE

Recipe by Ingrid Hoffmann; photography by Renée Comet

Most people do not eat a lot of nonstarchy vegetables at breakfast. This can make the Diabetes Plate hard to use when planning the first meal of the day. It is still important, however, to start your day with a nutritious meal. In fact, some studies have shown that eating breakfast can help people with type 2 diabetes control blood glucose levels later in the day.

A good general rule is to include healthy choices from a few different food groups. Be sure to include a source of lean protein, which may help you feel full for longer. Some people with diabetes may be able to have more carbohydrate than others at breakfast. The amount of carbohydrate you can eat while controlling your blood glucose levels will depend on your individual meal plan. Choosing carbohydrate containing foods that are whole grain, such as oatmeal, or are low in added sugar, such as shredded wheat cereal, can help.

We'll also show you how to include some nonstarchy veggies at breakfast, with recipes for a veggie omelet, fruit and veggie smoothies, and easy egg scrambles.

>> See breakfast meal ideas and recipes.



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