10 Scrumptious Smoothies for Diabetics
Smoothies often get a bad rap for being high in sugar and for their blood sugar spiking abilities. But, if made correctly, smoothies can be a quick meal or snack that provides nourishing nutrients to our bodies! They are also just darn delicious and the PERFECT thing to help cool you down during a hot day.
So, bust out that blender because I have gathered 10 amazingly delicious smoothie recipes that won’t alarm your glucose monitor. Oh and all of the recipes were created by dietitians ;-)
You will also find some tips for making your own blender creation!
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Tips for making diabetic friendly smoothies
Fruit contains so many wonderful nutrients that help keep our bodies running smoothly. In fact, many studies have found that fruit consumption is related to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes (1).
If you find that your blood sugar spikes after drinking a smoothie, try adding in a few of these ingredients to help slow down the sugar absorption:
Fiber will help slow the digestion of carbohydrates. The more fiber the better! Fiber also helps the healthy bacteria in our digestive tract flourish. Here are a few fiber rich ingredients that go great in a smoothie:
Vegetables —> spinach, squash, cauliflower, and kale are all great vegetables to add that won’t alter the flavor of the smoothie too much
Fruit —> just about any fruit goes great in a smoothie :-)
Fat also helps slow down the digestion of carbohydrates. Fat is also necessary to absorb certain vitamins called fat soluble vitamins! Fat soluble vitamins include vitamin A, K, D, and E. Here are few ingredients to add some fat into your smoothie:
Nuts or seeds
Add flavor, not sugar
More often than not smoothie companies add extra syrups to smoothies to add flavor. These syrups = added sugar. Here are a few ingredients that pack on the flavor without the added sugar:
10 smoothie recipes for people with diabetes
The smoothies below use many of these ingredients to create some amazing flavors. Test a few out to find which flavor combinations excite you!