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Getting enough protein when you’re diabetic

26 weeks and counting

So, I recently asked my friends on Facebook about what kinds of things I could eat in the mornings to get more protein with my breakfast without eating too many carbs (right now I’m at 30 carbs for breakfast).   They gave me so many good suggestions.  Here is what they said:

  1. The only egg dish I could think of that I can prep the night before is egg salad…lol.
  2. Hard boiled eggs, cooked the night before
  3. Beans, legumes, tofu, protein rich veggies
  4. Chickpeas
  5. Deviled Eggs
  6. Baked eggs (just like hard boiled eggs)
  7. Breakfast wrap with eggs with salsa, bacon, cheese, etc.
  8. Protein bars
  9. Taco de frijol on a corn tortilla
  10. Meats or Muscle Milk
  11. Use Pita bread made with flax for your wraps
  12. Burrito with veggies
  13. South Beach style egg casseroles (Kalyn’s Kitchen – blog)
  14. Microwave eggs
  15. You can buy pre-cooked boiled eggs in a pouch.
  16. Be careful with soy, bad for thyroid.
  17. Turkey
  18. Egg omelettes with spinach, turkey and tomatoes
  19. Peanut butter
  20. Protein shakes
  21. Greek Yogurt.  Dannon Light & Fit has 12 grams of protein and only 7 grams of sugar. Try the toasted coconut vanilla!
  22. Full fat yogurt, chia seeds, hemp seeds, maca powder. You can prepare smoothies, shakes, or yog bowls w/ fruits and all these suplements. Panela cheese asado served with tomatillo salsa. Yum!
  23. Strawberry banana flax and almond milk shake in the AM and it’s delicious!
  24. Make an egg casserole with veggies or little mini egg casserole/omelets in cupcake tins. You can even freeze and reheat in the morning, if you’re worried about them keeping in the fridge or if you want to make a variety of different kinds.
  25. Protein powder in a smoothie is an excellent way to consume your protein besides eggs and yogurt.
  26. Smoothie + protein powder.
  27. I boil eggs, a dozen or more at a time, so that my family can just crack one open anytime they want to. I half mine, put a really thin layer of ranch dip on each side & some pepper, and eat up.
  28. Watch the amounts of fruit in the smoothies and count all carbs you put it from the fruit to the milk. Proper measurement is essential so your sugar does not become elevated.
  29. Higher protein cereals and add nuts to them. A piece of cheese on the side would help too.
  30. I agree with the peanut butter suggestion. I have oatmeal every morning with peanut butter and blueberries. I stay full for longer with this breakfast. I had switched from using raw almonds to peanut butter.
  31. Think out of the box. Eat leftovers from the night before. People in many other countries eat fish, beans, tofu, lentils, etc. for breakfast. Make mini quiches (without flour crust) using muffins pans, freeze them and heat them up in the morning. So many options out there.
  32. How about a protein shake or you can hardboil a few eggs at a time so it’s not a daily task?
  33. Powdered peanut butter is great to add to yogurt and smoothies, and has 90% less calories than regular peanut butter.  The one I buy is “Just Great Stuff” brand. Check any powdered peanut butter online. You add water to it and you ger peanut butter!

If you’re diabetic and/or pregnant, please keep in mind that you should always check with your doctor or nutritionist about the proper foods to eat for your health.  The items listed in this post are only suggestions and not necessarily approved for every diet.

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