Cheery Grains

33% of a balanced diet

You’ll love eating whole grains, especially if they’re cheery! What are they? They’re the popular ones.

Here are some examples:

  • Cheery oats
  • Cheery corn
  • Cheery rice & wheat. They’re cheery good to eat. You must know this jingle! It’s from a popular breakfast cereal :<)

What’s so cheery about them?

If a food has starchy carbs in it, it probably has one of these foods in it. These are very common and they are deliciously nutritious. You’ll feel happy whenever you eat them. That’s why they’re cheery grains :<).

There’s also the less popular, yet incredibly healthy…

  • Rye
  • Barley
  • Flaxseed
  • Not forgetting the mother grain, quinoa (keen-wah)

Keep a look out for my recipes page on this site. It’s on the NavBar but here’s the link.


Curious about eating these foods? Here are a few Q&As that you may ask yourself.

So why on earth should I eat these cheery grains?

Grains are high in starchy carbohydrates that are fantastic energy suppliers. They also have low GI (Glycemic Index) ratings meaning that they are much better at producing slow release energy throughout the day. This is essential for diabetics because they help maintain blood sugar levels.

But I thought high carbs were bad for me!

This is a common misconception. Saying this ‘stereotypes’ ALL carbohydrates but that is unfair since they come in many forms. The grains that I have mentioned above have a low GI rating. These are good for everyone, in particular, diabetics. The foods with a high GI are the bad types.

Learn more about GI ratings here.


For Breakfast…

1)Whole wheat and cheery oats make FANTASTIC breakfast cereals.

They can be found in soft forms in muesli, porridge and the like. But if, like me, you prefer something crunchy there are plenty of choices that can be found in your local supermarket. Wheat cereals are also very popular and we all know about those.

***If you try these cereals be careful of the SUGAR content. Look at carbohydrate (of which sugars) label. Bamboozled by reading labels? Find out the best way to read them, here.

2)Flaxseed in Yoghurt

Flaxseed is a golden powder that is INCREDIBLY nutritious. It is best combined with the king of dairy. Where can you get Flaxseed? Try your supermarket (not a local, metro etc.). It is always found in good health shops.

Don’t know what the king of dairy is? It’s delicious, high in calcium and can be found here.


For an easy packed Lunch…

1)Sandwiches

If you make a sandwich make sure you use LIGHT spreads.

***Watch out for spreads with more than 25g of fat per 100g (more than a quarter of the spread will be fat)! Look at the back of the pack for these details. Again, watch out for the sugar content. If you do use these spreads use them sparingly!***

Try putting a mini salad in the sandwich. Lettuce, slices of tomato, cucumber, olives, red onion, carrots etc. this is a great way to have some of your 5 a day.Want some more tips on eating your 5 a day? Click here to head to the fruit list page.

The healthiest types of bread are:

  • Rye (which tastes horrible)
  • Seeded/multi-grain/Granary (Which taste great and are very healthy)
  • Wholemeal (You either love it or loathe it)

***Try to avoid white bread. Whole grain wheat has to bleached to become white. That process destroys many of the vitamins and minerals in them. So you end up eating loads of carbs with little benefit to your body.***

2)Cheery Corn

A very simple way of enjoying corn on the go is by buying those mini tins of corn. Good ones cost about 50p per tin and are very nutritious.

***Try to avoid sweetened corn. You shouldn’t want to buy anything that has added ingredients in it (aside from water). If they are cheaper than 50p they probably contain added sugar and/or salt. You’d best avoid them to prevent spikes in your BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL!***

3) You can make a quinoa stir fry fr a packed lunch! Click here for the recipe!


These are just a few examples. Diabetic dieting shouldn’t be a struggle so these recipes will include meals for all times of the day, designed for those with diabetes.

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