10 Best Gestational Diabetes Breakfast Options to Grab and Go

Gestational Breakfast Ideas to Grab and Go

A high-protein breakfast is essential in pregnancy, with protein needs ranging from 1.2 to 1.52 grams per kilogram of body weight, depending on the trimester (1). It can be a challenge to get that much protein. Especially when many easy breakfasts, like toast, muffins, cereal, and oatmeal, are high in carbohydrates. In this blog, we’re listing ten easy gestational diabetes breakfast options that you can grab and go.  There is no reason to get bored with these gestational diabetes breakfast ideas!

For people managing gestational diabetes, a balanced breakfast can help stabilize blood sugar levels and provide sustained energy throughout the day. A great goal is to get at least 10-20g of protein in the morning to help you meet your nutrition goals.

10 Gestational Diabetes Breakfast Ideas for On-the-Go

  1. Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt is an easy, high-protein breakfast that you can grab and go. To make it feel more filling, you can add nuts or low-carb granola like Nutrail or Purely Elizabeth Grain-Free Granola. Read here for the Greek yogurts I recommend for a gestational diabetes diet. 
  2. Hard-Boiled Eggs: Prepare a batch of hard-boiled eggs ahead of time for a quick protein boost in the morning. These are great gestational diabetes breakfast ideas when you have no time in the morning.
  3. Avocado Toast: Top whole-grain toast with mashed avocado and a poached or scrambled egg for a nutrient-rich breakfast. If you don’t have avocado, the YO Quiero brand has amazing single-serve guacamole and egg guacamoles to grab and go!
  4. Chia Seed Pudding: Chia pudding is a great swap for overnight oats. Mix chia seeds with almond milk and one scoop of protein powder, and let sit overnight. You can add berries, vanilla, cinnamon, or nuts for extra flavor and nutrients. 
  5. Cottage Cheese with Fruit: Pair cottage cheese with sliced fruit like berries or peaches for a balanced breakfast option. My favorite is the single-serve Good Culture cottage cheese, I’ve been known to grab a whole container plus nuts on my way to work. 
  6. Nut Butter Banana Egg Wrap: Spread almond or peanut butter on an egg wrap like Egglife or Trader Joe’s egg wrap, add ¼ of sliced banana, and roll it up for a portable breakfast. Try the recipe here. Check out more of Egglife’s breakfast recipes here. 
  7. Egg Bites– egg bites are very popular and can be full of protein. You can find them at your local Starbucks, Trader Joe’s, and Costco, or make them your own. Try this recipe by Iowa Girl. 
  8. Protein Drinks: A protein drink with over 20g of protein is a great choice when running out the door and having zero time. Check out these protein drinks here for excellent gestational diabetes breakfast options. 
  9. Egg’wiches: An egg’wich is basically a sandwich that uses an egg as the bun. You can make them yourself and prep ahead, or several brands, including Realgood, Trader Joe’s, Jimmy Dean, and Red’s.
  10. Protein Smoothie: Blend spinach, protein powder, almond milk, and a handful of berries for a quick and easy breakfast on the go. For more shake recipes that are great gestational diabetes breakfast ideas, check out this blog.

Bottom Line on Gestational Diabetes Breakfast

Gestational diabetes breakfast options can be tricky, especially when you’re on the go. However, these breakfast ideas provide protein and healthy fats to help stabilize blood sugar levels and satisfy you throughout the morning. Additionally, experimenting with these options can help you find your favorites and make mornings easier during this important time.

Remember to consult with your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian for personalized guidance on managing gestational diabetes through nutrition. If you need more help Check out my Better Pregnancy Outcomes: Gestational Diabetes Course here.

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Ginger Cochran is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, Certified Diabetes Educator & Care Specialist, Certified Wellness Coach, Certified Exercise Physiologist, and owner of Nutritious Ginger, an integrative and functional nutrition practice focusing on full body self-care and nourishment. Ginger’s primary specialty is women’s health, with a special emphasis on gestational diabetes, weight management, infertility, digestive wellness, and overall health + happiness.
Ginger serves on the board of director for the Nutrition Care Manual by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.