Starting the day with a little something sweet can be a welcome comfort, and if you’re mindful about the balance of natural sugars, fiber, and other nutrients you’re eating, you can enjoy your treat without the groggy, midmorning sugar crash. Our take on sweet breakfasts relies on whole foods, like tart fruits and whole grains, that have a lower glycemic load (an estimate of how much a food will raise your blood glucose level).
Something we keep in mind with low-sugar cooking is that even natural or less-refined sources of sugar are still sugars. You could of course use natural sweeteners like stevia or monk fruit to add sweetness without affecting your blood sugar at all. But that’s not always our favorite option because those sweeteners can sometimes have an artificial taste. And ultimately, they don’t help curb our sugar cravings, as reducing our overall sugar intake might.
These three breakfasts—a creamy barley porridge with stone fruit and toasted nuts, a seedy cereal bar with cardamom and espresso, and a refreshing triple berry smoothie with fresh ginger—add just the right amount of sweetness to our morning routine.