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.
GD friendly low carb cereal
Nutty granola type cereal with no added sugars, served with coconut milk, almond milk or a milk of your choice
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
This recipe works well with a few berries, 1 x sliced/chopped kiwi or half a grated granny smith apple. If you would like to add banana, remember that banana is much higher in carbs so it's worth using a smaller less ripe banana. Nuts can be expensive to purchase and this recipe uses a lot, so it's advisable to buy online or look in discount stores such as Lidl, Aldi and £1 stores for good deals. This 'cereal' is great to make in large quantities and store in a mason jar or tub, adding the fresh fruit and sweetener as you make it just like a normal shelf ready cereal. You can obviously use any nuts and seeds to create this type of cereal, but the ones I've listed seem to compliment each other well, taste sweet and have that breakfast feel to them. Be wary of using higher carb nuts such as cashews. Nuts and seeds are packed with good fats and protein but they still contain carbs, I've tried to select the best ones for taste and nutritional values. I hope this helps anyone craving cereal, I wish I'd made this when I was pregnant with gestational diabetes!
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