Once someone is diagnosed as a diabetic, the situation warrants an entire life change. The first would be the need to exercise to avoid weight gain. The second would be a new diet in order for your body to retain normal blood sugar levels. That means you can no longer eat the foods you used to enjoy like ice cream, cakes (and all sorts of pastries) milkshakes, and even smoothies. On top of those two changes, you’ll have to take medicine for diabetes to keep your condition at bay.
But don’t worry. It’s not the end of the world. You can still enjoy the same food you ate before, just as long as they aren’t that sweet. Today, we’ll show you 5 summer smoothie recipes that are absolutely diabetic friendly.
1. Pina Colada Smoothie
As Jimmy Buffet’s well known song goes, if you like Pina Coladas, then make one for yourself (without the harmful carbs, of course)! The trick with this drink is instead of using milk, cream, or sugar, use a cup of light plain yogurt. In a way, you can have your pina colada smoothie without all the harmful sweetness in it!
2. Lana’s Green Smoothie
This recipe is made by diabetics for diabetics, and is perfect for those who want to keep their type-2 diabetes levels down. Some of the ingredients involved are cucumbers, spinach, celery, strawberries, and blue milk! You can count on this drink to bring your blood sugar range down to normal levels. Lana, the creator of this smoothie, claims that it brought her levels down from a start of 130 to 95!
3. Orange Smoothie
This orange smoothie is very easy to make. All you have to do is combine the ingredients (peeled orange, ¼ cup of yogurt, 2 tbsps. orange juice concentrate, and ice cubes) and blend them until smooth. This orange smoothie contains no refined sugar and is both low-carb and –calorie for everyone to enjoy.
4. Strawberry Smoothie
For those who prefer something a bit tart, they can opt for a yummy strawberry smoothie. The small, red fruits are a great source of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C! If strawberries aren’t your thing, you can replace them with either blueberries or raspberries for a different kind of flavor altogether.
5. Chris’ Green Smoothie
The beauty with Chris’ smoothie recipe is that you can put any kind of greens you like. It’s not limited to the spinach he recommends in the above link. He also advises that you drink 1 or 2 green smoothies in the morning, as they work as a better breakfast meal than most cooked viands suggested for diabetics.
These 5 diabetic-friendly smoothie recipes are sure to keep you cool and your glucose levels steady this summer season! Know any other smoothies that won’t spike your glucose levels? Let us know in the comments section below.