March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Fuel for the Future.” In keeping with that theme, Joslin’s Certified Diabetes Educators have cooked up a list of best practices and suggestions to fuel your day in a healthy way. And make sure you take note of their easy, nutritious breakfast recipes.


Five Tips To Fuel Your Day

  1. Try to eat something within two hours of waking up. Grab a banana, or a bar, blend your coffee into a smoothie.

  2. Hunger presents every 2-5 hours, so think about where or when you will be eating your next meal or snack, and bring something along if you need to. Pack a PB&J, choose your take-out wisely; plan to stop at a local grocery store on your lunch hour for healthy options.

  3. Pack a snack for activity so you have energy for your day. Trail mix, non-perishable snacks interspersed with fruits will keep you going on a busy day.

  4. Don't skip the complex carbs! They are an important source of energy. Choose whole grains, fiber-rich fruits and dairy. Carbohydrates are an important source of fuel — focus on complex carbohydrates for sustained energy.

  5. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Hydration plays a big part in sustaining energy levels. Drink at least 8 cups of water per day to avoid feeling sluggish.

There are many other challenges to fueling your busy day — ask for a referral to a dietitian if you feel like you want to explore these topics further. And if you are living with diabetes, please reach out to our Certified Diabetes Educators at BIDMC at Joslin Diabetes Center by calling 617-309-2440.


Nutritious Breakfast Recipes

Breakfast Taco

  • 1 whole grain tortilla
  • 1/2 cup of beans
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 avocado

Smoothie (add 1/2 cup water or ice)

  • 1 cup of frozen berries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 scoops of plant-based protein
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground flax seed

Although this content is reviewed by Joslin Diabetes Center healthcare professionals, it is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for advice about a specific medical condition.