Most hypoglycemia people will know that having a balanced breakfast is crucial to regulating blood sugar levels and avoiding crashes throughout the day. The question is what to eat? As hypoglycemia is closely linked to food allergies (dairy, gluten and other high-allergy foods might be making your symptoms worse without you realising it!) finding a breakfast that contains the right balance of ingredients to support your body throughout the day can be extremely confusing. I used to think having porridge with LSA, chia seeds and goji berries in the morning was doing my body a favour. While it’s a healthy breakfast for a non-hypoglycemic person, having such a load of carbohydrates in the morning caused a mid-morning crash and had me craving a caffeine hit. The answer? Protein! A lot of hypoglycemia eating plans will suggest eggs on wholegrain toast for breakfast but I believe hypoglycemia sufferers need 30 grams of protein or more in the morning (that’s 5 eggs!). Protein powder is the a great solution for a quick, easy and nutritious breakfast that won’t leave you crashing. Here’s my Superfood Protein Breakfast Smoothie that fills me up, is high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals!
Protein Powder – Add enough to provide 30 grams of protein and make sure to use a brand that is 100% protein whey with no additives or sugar. Look at your local health food store or order it online.
A handful of frozen berries – Always buy organic frozen berries as they are often grown overseas where they do not have strict regulations on which pesticides can be used. You can of course use other fruit too but try to use ones that are low GI.
1 Teaspoon of Cacao powder – For chocolatey goodness and an antioxidant boost that will keep you powering all day! Once you’re used to the bitterness, you can gradually add more.
1 Teaspoon of Acai Berry powder – a superfood packed full of antioxidants.
1 Teaspoon of Chia Seeds – high in fibre and an all-round goodie.
1/2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon – Naturally regulates blood sugar levels.
1 Teaspoon of Bee Pollen* – While this is sweet and has a similar taste to honey, bee pollen is known for its MANY health benefits. Bee pollen is particularly beneficial for hypoglycemics as it contains pantothenic acid that helps support the adrenal glands (SO important, but more on that later).
Probiotic Yogurt (optional) – I use Bubushka’s Probiotic Kefer Yogurt, but any all-natural yogurt containing probiotics of your choice would do the trick!
Milk of Your Choice – I used to add non-sweetened almond milk, but since including probiotic yogurt into my recipe I simply add water. If you’re used to dairy, I would recommend starting off with an unhomogenised brand for the taste and natural sweetness it adds but then move on to bigger and better things!
Blend and enjoy!
You can of course change this recipe to suit you and your body’s needs. I’m a little more hardcore about my smoothies these days and add spiralina and wheatgrass powder, but if you’re a smoothie first-timer keep the recipe simple and to your tastes. If you feel like you need to add some more carbohydrates, add more chia seeds or include high-fibre oat bran.
*Some people are allergic to bee pollen, so it’s very important to start off with very small amounts and it’s always recommended to ask your healthcare professional before using any new supplements.