GD friendly low carb cereal
Yes, GD friendly low carb cereal! The one thing we warn all mothers diagnosed with gestational diabetes is to steer clear of breakfast cereals. They have such an impact on blood sugar levels, spiking levels high within an hour and yet so many ladies are advised to eat them. They’ve gained such a bad reputation in our support group that we named breakfast cereal GD kryptonite!
The problem is that when something is banned from your diet, it makes you crave it even more. We love breakfast cereal in the UK and Ireland, it’s so quick, easy and keeps you going. Therefore it’s been a huge problem for thousands of ladies we’ve seen come through our support group for many years.
We’ve been testing and trying different breakfast cereals, low carb, high protein etc. for years in the hope of finding one that more than a handful of ladies can tolerate without any luck and so I’ve been left desperately trying to make a GD friendly cereal alternative that is as good as a cereal for a looooooong time now.
Well, drum roll please, I think I’ve cracked it!!
You may see the ingredients and feel it’s a bit of a cop out, but I urge you to try it if you’re craving breakfast cereal but don’t want the spike in levels that comes from it. I think this ‘cereal’ really hits the spot! It tastes like a really good quality muesli or granola without the actual cereals or honey etc.
I used Sukrin:1 natural granulated sweetener for this recipe, available to but from Ocado or online. You may feel the recipe does not require sweetener, or could substitute with a sweetener of your preference. I like Sukrin as it is a natural sweetener, does not affect blood sugar levels and does not have a nasty after-taste.
- 2 tbsp whole pecans chopped
- 2 tbsp walnuts chopped
- 2 tbsp flaked almonds toasted or plain
- 1 tbsp whole almonds chopped
- 1 tbsp flaked coconut toasted or plain (unsweetened)
- 1 tbsp mixed seeds pumpkin, sunflower, linseed & sesame seeds
- 3 whole strawberries sliced
- 8 whole blueberries
- 0.5 tsp Sukrin:1 natural granulated sweetener (or any other granulated sweetener)
- Chop all the nuts to your liking. I like to leave the nuts quite chunky for lots of texture making this more like a really nutty granola type cereal and add to a cereal bowl
- Add the seeds to the bowl and stir all the ingredients well
- Slice the strawberries adding them to the bowl along with the blueberries
- Add the milk of your choice. Coconut or almond milk works really well with this cereal, although any milk of choice will work. If using diary milk, use full fat whole milk and even a splash of cream for indulgence!
- Sprinkle with Sukrin:1 or the sweetener of your choice to your taste