So, with just a few basic ingredients on hand you can be on your way to a healthy 5 minute breakfast with virtually no clean up afterwards. And don’t forget, lower cholesterol, healthier heart, stabilized blood glucose and improved digestion.
Although oatmeal isn’t the lowest calorie breakfast food, it’s quite filling. Make it more diet friendly by avoiding pre-packaged or instant oatmeal. Opt for the slower cooking kind and let it cook overnight in a crockpot so it’s ready in the morning. Try mixing it half and half with wheat bran which is low in both carbs and calories for a delicious cereal that’s lower in calories. Sweeten with fresh fruit, calorie-free sweetener, or sugar-free maple syrup and add skim milk instead of whole milk. Yum!
It makes sense to start the day early. No, you don’t have to be up by the crack of dawn. However, you should allow enough time for a healthy breakfast or perhaps a quick workout.
Here is something to keep in mind: It’s not setting the goals that create stress, it’s the emotional expectations you’ve created about achieving the goals. Stress is often created by placing unrealistic expectations on yourself.
Step Two: Exercise for 30-60 minutes. I know exercise is the last thing on your mind on a busy holiday, however it is worth your effort. You will negate some of the extra holiday calories and your metabolism will climb even higher.
If you like having sandwiches for lunch and dinner, what you can do is to add lettuce, peppers, onions and tomatoes with ham or even a burger. You can also have vegetable soups such as squash or tomato for lunch or dinner. If you are the type of person who doesn’t like eating having stuff at dinner, then you can just have a salad. Just toss some lettuce, tomatoes, onions and carrots in a bowl, add a low-fat dressing and you dinner is already served.
Fiber is especially important to a diabetics diet. We should have fiber, along with Vitamin D, Calcium, and Omega-3s at every meal. (The guidelines for these 4 particular fat-fighters are a good idea for anyone, diabetic or not.) Here are a few examples of the fiber content of some common foods: 1 medium apple = about 3 grams, 1/2 cup fresh raspberries = 4 grams, 1 cup cooked fresh spinach = 4 grams, and 1/2 cup chickpeas = 6 gram. In reference to the above tidbit, this is why it is important to eat whole-grain breads.
Serve however you like. It is delicious as is, or you can put a little butter on top, sprinkle with some nuts, or add some cream. I did alter my version a little bit. Instead of the raisins I topped my oatmeal with blueberries after I removed it from the oven.