31 January 2022

How to go low GI at breakfast

GI and Diabetes

It’s little wonder we crave carbs – they make us feel good! Not only do they boost our mood by increasing serotonin levels, but they are also a key fuel for the brain, most other organs and our muscles during exercise. 

However not all carbs are equal. Good quality carbs, or low GI carbs, cause a slow rise and fall in blood glucose levels whereas high GI carbs cause a spike and crash. And, stable blood glucose levels are important for our overall health, including prevention of many chronic diseases.

So, to start your day off right include good quality (low GI) carbs at breakfast – they will keep you satisfied until lunch, give you longer lasting energy and even better concentration.

Despite traditionally being quite a carb-heavy meal, breakfast doesn’t need to be high GI with these simple swaps:

Instead of

Refined puffed cereal and flaked cereal; quick or instant oats

Try

Rolled or Steel cut oats, natural style muesli, Bircher style muesli or low GI breakfast bars

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Instead of

Soft white bread, light and airy wholemeal bread, bagel, Turkish bread, focaccia bread, flatbreads, white pita, crumpets, English muffins and white tortilla wraps.

Try

Dense high fibre wholegrain bread, authentic sourdough bread, grain and seed bread, pumpernickel bread, fruit bread, raisin bread, wholegrain high fibre wraps, white corn tortilla wraps.

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Instead of

Sugar, treacle, golden syrup, rice malt syrup, brown rice syrup and corn syrup, regular honey

Try

Low GI cane sugar, date syrup, 100% Fruit Spreads, pure floral honey and pure maple syrup, low GI honey

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Instead of

Soft drinks, cordials, energy drinks, fruit juice drink, rice milk, oat milk and sweetened condensed milk

Try

Water, reduced or low-fat milk, reduced or low fat soy drink, almond milk, reduced or low fat yoghurt drink, fruit smoothie, coffee with reduced fat or skim milk, Milo or Ovaltine with reduced fat milk; 100% fruit juice (limit to 150ml) and 100% vegetable juice

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The ideal breakfast is made up of good quality carbs (e.g. low GI bread, traditional oats), protein (e.g. eggs, low-fat yoghurt, baked beans), fresh or canned fruit (e.g. apples, pears, bananas) and a small amount of healthy fats (e.g. nut butters, avocado). 

Need more inspiration? Head to our breakfast recipe collection.

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