What are healthy breakfast ideas for vegetarians and vegans with diabetes?

Kathy Freston
Nutrition & Dietetics
A great breakfast idea for vegetarians and vegans (with or without diabetes) is a tasty meal with whole grains in it, like steel cut oatmeal. In this video, veganist and author Kathy Freston shares some satiating, healthy and yummy breakfast ideas.
Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics
Some healthy breakfast ideas for vegetarians and vegans with diabetes are:
  • Whole grain cereal+dairy alternative beverage (soy milk/almond milk)
  • Whole grain toast+nut butter or low fat cheese (if not vegan)
  • Whole grain toast/tortilla + bean burrito
  • Oatmeal+cinnamon+nuts+flax seeds


Here are some healthy breakfast ideas for vegetarians and vegans:
  • Whole grain cereal with 1/2 cup low-fat milk (soy milk for vegan diets)
  • 1 piece of whole-wheat toast with peanut butter and a small piece of fresh fruit
  • Fruit smoothie (use soy yogurt and/or soy milk for vegan diets)
  • Oatmeal (made with water or soy milk) with chopped nuts and/or dried fruit
  • Scrambled egg (try tofu scramble for vegan or lacto-vegetarian diets)
  • 1/2 whole wheat English muffin with a small amount of jelly and a small bowl of fresh berries

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