5 Best Oatmeal Habits if You Have Diabetes

"Proteins like milk and yogurt are great bases for chilled overnight oats. Grab a mason jar (or anything with a lid), and add oats, milk, Greek yogurt,

1. Make overnight oats with protein

your favorite berries, and nuts, and let that sit overnight. In the morning you'll have a high-fiber, high-protein, nutritious breakfast that will keep you feeling satisfied & your blood sugar stable

This may sound different at first, but don't knock it until you try it! Adding an egg to your oats may be the secret you need for keeping your breakfast oats

2. Add an egg to your oatmeal

diabetes-friendly. "While your oatmeal is cooking, add a whisked egg to add some protein and important micronutrients. Eggs are considered to be an acceptable protein option for people with diabetes

"Toppings like nut butters, nuts, and seeds are fantastic additions to oatmeal because they provide healthy fat, which digests slower than carbohydrates,

3. Top your oats with healthy fats

helping stabilize your blood sugar after a meal, as well as keeping you satiated," one of the best ways to get these healthy fats on top of your oatmeal is by including some walnuts!

"Walnuts contain healthy fats, fiber, and protein, which are three factors that help support healthy blood sugars. Data shows that a walnut-enriched diet improves endothelium-dependent vasodilatation

in people with type 2 diabetes, suggesting a potential reduction in overall cardiac risk,"

"Although sweet additions like maple syrup, agave, and honey sound like better options than sprinkling sugar onto your oats, including them in your meal can contribute

4. Skip natural sweeteners

to elevated blood sugars just like table sugar can. Instead, lean on the natural sweetness of berries or other fruits to give your oats some flavor along with added fiber and antioxidants,"

"Many people only think about oatmeal in the morning, but you can twist things up by turning oatmeal into oatmeal energy bites,"

5. Turn your oatmeal into energy bites

"Make your energy bites with pureed Medjool dates as the base, or the "glue" that holds them together (providing fiber and nutrients), then add your oats (for fiber). Next, add protein powder,

non-fat dried milk powder or collagen (for protein to help stabilize blood sugar), and finally add your favorite nut butter, nuts, or seeds for that satisfying healthy fat.

Voila! You have an oatmeal snack that's high in fiber, protein, and healthy fat, and tastes delicious without spiking your blood sugar!"

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